ANOTHER key witness against Sen. Leila de Lima in relation to her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) recants.
In a notarized affidavit, former Bureau of Correction (BuCor) officer-in-charge Rafael Ragos recanted on his earlier testimony against Sen. de Lima, saying that he was coerced to give a statement pinning de Lima in the prison illegal drug trade for fear that he was going to be detained.
In his testimony before, Ragos said he personally delivered money to de Lima, who was then Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary, from convicts at the NBP.
“As far as I know and based on my professional relationship with Sec. De Lima, she is incapable of doing anything illegal, much less engage in the illegal drug trade or accept money from Bilibid inmates. All of my allegations to the contrary in my affidavits and House and court testimonies are all fiction, false, and fabricated,” Ragos said in his statement.
Ragos is principal witness on one of two cases filed against de Lima at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court.