Thursday, February 23, 2017

LP members join forces to convince high profile witnesses to change statements in favor of De Lima

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has named former senator Jamby Madrigal and Laguna representative Marlyn "Len" Alonte-Naguiat behind the alleged P100 million offered to inmates to retract their statements against Sen. Leila de Lima.

"Kinakailangan i-retract nila (inmates) ang kanilang saysay before EDSA anniv bukas," Aguirre said in an interview with GMA News' Arnold Clavio and Rhea Santos over Unang Balita on Friday.

In a follow-up interview over Super Radyo's dzBB, Aguirre said it was Lalaine Madrigal Martinez who informed him that the former senator Madrigal had allegedly offered part of the P100-million to the said inmates.

Aguirre said that former senator Madrigal asked Lalaine Madrigal Martinez to help Alonte get in touch with the high-profile inmates.

He added that Lalaine Madrigal Martinez is the cousin of Madrigal and the wife of Noel Martinez, one of the inmates who implicated De Lima in the drug charges against her.

"Ito pong isang asawa si Lalaine Madrigal Martinez 'yan po ay tumatawag po sa 'kin 'yung mga pangangailangan at complaints kaya hindi po katakataka na ipagbigay po ito sa 'kin. Asawa ito ni Noel Martinez, isa doon sa nakakulong sa AFP," Aguirre said.

The justice secretary also said that Madrigal and Alonte's alleged bribe was an act of "obstruction of justice."

Aguirre also said that the wife's car was ambushed early Friday morning at the Sta. Ana racetrack in Makati City. The area is currently known as the Circuit Makati.

"Actually ngayong umaga lang po in-ambush po ang kanyang sasakyan na inimbestigan ngayon sa Makati," Aguirre said.

SP01 Alberto de Guzman however told GMA News Online in a phone interview that there was no report of the ambush yet as of 9:30 a.m.

Alonte denies bribe

Alonte on Friday denied that she offered P100-million bribe to high-profile inmates in a bid to have them retract their testimonies against de Lima.

In a radio interview, Alonte said she was “surprised” by the allegation. She said she does not know any of the said inmates, who testified before the House justice committee inquiry on the drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison.

“Wala po akong kakilala sa kahit sino sa mga inmates na ‘yan. Hindi po ako tumawag hindi po ako nakisali sa ganoong gawain,” she said.

GMA News is getting the side of Madrigal as of posting time.

Aguirre revealed earlier that an alleged P100-million offer was made for high-profile inmates detained at Camp Aguinaldo to retract their testimonies on De Lima's drug links on or before February 25.

He said the inmates junked the offer on Wednesday.

The justice secretary said the offer was repeated on Thursday morning through inmate Clarence Dongail, a former policeman, only to be rejected again.

De Lima dismissed Aguirre's claim, saying "I dare Aguirre to name names and show proof, otherwise he too should shut up!"

She also said Aguirre's claim was "another outlandish and hysterical story being fed to the media."

Source: GMA News


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