Aguirre links former senator, solon to P100-M bribe try on inmates

MANILA, Philippines – Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre has tagged two former lawmakers in the alleged P100-M bribe attempt on the Bilibid inmates in exchange for retracting their statements against Senator Leila De Lima. in an interview over DZMM, Aguirre named ex-senator Jamby Madrigal and Laguna representative Marlyn “Len” Alonte-Naguiat as the people behind the bribe try, along with a certain Atty. Alvin Herrera. Aguirre claimed the three offered P100-M for the eight inmates who earlier testified against De Lima to recant their testimony before February 25, or the anniversary of the People’s Power Revolution.



The Justice chief added that De Lima’s allies are planning to use the retracted statements to convince people to join the rally on Feb. 25. “‘Kapag nagkaroon sila ng People Power revolution ay palalayain sila, lahat ng mga high profile inmates. Iyan ang pangako nila,” said Aguirre. [If the People Power pushes through, they will be freed, all the high-profile inmates. That’s what they’ve been promised.] Aguirre also identified Madrigal’s cousin, Lalaine Madrigal Martines, as her emissary in striking a deal with the prisoners. Martines is the wife of Noel Martines; another Bilibid inmate who was convicted of kidnapping. However, the Justice secretary did not name the 8 prisoners who were allegedly offered the amount. Meanwhile, the camp of Jamby Madrigal said the former senator is currently in Europe and has yet to release a statement on Aguirre’s claim.
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