Convicted armed robber and drug dealer Herbert Colangco on Tuesday told a House panel that he spoke with Senator Leila de Lima in January 2014 as regards the millions of pesos he and his fellow inmates would pool together for he senatorial campaign.
Colangco said he was tasked to come up with P3 million a month for the then secretary of justice.
He said he had been remitting money to De Lima since October 2013 through her security aide, Jonel Sanchez.
Colangco said that he began collecting campaign money from fellow inmates after convicted kidnapper Jaybee Sebastian, who was also jailed at the NBP, approached him asking for his help in coming up with a sum for De Lima’s campaign kitty.
Since he hasn’t heard from De Lima since starting his remittance, Colangco said he decided to ask Sanchez if he could speak with the then justice secretary to check if she had been getting the money.
Colangco said Sanchez handed him his phone and let him dial De Lima’s supposed number. The witness said he could tell the woman on the other end of the line was De Lima.
“Iyong boses niya lagi ko siya napapanuod sa TV. Siya talaga iyon. Nabosesan ko siya… 100 percent [sure ako],” said Colangco.
Colangco said his conversation with De Lima was brief. He recounted asking De Lima over the phone, “Confirm ko lang po. Andito si Jonel, may instructions… Confirm ko lang na October 2013 kinukuha niya iyong P3 million.”
De Lima, supposedly, answered: “Okay, okay. Thank you.”
The senator has repeatedly denied any involvement in irregularities at the New Bilibid Prison. —NB, GMA News