Engelberto Durano Claimed to Personally Handed to Sen. Leila De Lima P1.5 Million Inside a Shoe Box


Bilibid Inmate Engelberto Durano claimed to have personally handed to then-Justice Secretary Leila De Lima P1.5 million placed inside a gift-wrapped shoe box during the resumption of the House of Representatives Justice Committee.


Former PO3 Engelberto Durano, a member of Batang Cebu Brotherhood (BC45) claimed on his testimony that his friend Jeffrey Diaz alias Jaguar runs a shabu business in Cebu. He was asked by Diaz to personally deliver money to De Lima at the office of the "Commando" gang.

During that time, Durano revealed that at the time, he only had P500,000 with him, so he had to borrow money from Noel Martinez to come up with P1.5 million.

The inmate Durano was quoted as saying "Maya-maya ay tumawag si Jaguar sa akin at binigyan ako ng instruction na balutin nang maayos ang pera na di pansinin, at naghanap ako ng kahon ng sapatos, tsaka ko inilagay ang pera sa loob at ibinalot ko ang kahon ng gift wrapper," said Durano.

Durano added that "Nang maibalot ko na nang maayos ang pera ay inutusan ako ni Jaguar na pumunta sa Commando at sinabi niya na wala kang bibigyan na iba kung hindi si Secretary De Lima lamang," the convict-witness added.

The Bilibid Inmate Durano added further that "Nang papalapit pa lang kami kay Secretary ay napansin ko na nakatingin sa amin si Secretary De Lima ... Inabot ko na kay Secretary De Lima ang kahon na may lamang P1.5 million at sinabi 'Ma'am, ito no po.' Kinuha ito ni Secretary at inabot sa lalakeng sumalubong sa akin," Durano recounted.

Aside from inmate Engelberto Durano who witness the incident of handing down the P1.5 million to Sen. De Lima, another inmate, Hans Tan, who earlier testified that an alleged nephew of De Lima, Jose Adrian Dera, had extorted money from drug convict Peter in exchange for the freedom of the latter's relatives.

Engelberto Durano Claimed to Personally Handed to Sen. Leila De Lima P1.5 Million Inside a Shoe Box Engelberto Durano Claimed to Personally Handed to Sen. Leila De Lima P1.5 Million Inside a Shoe Box Reviewed by Phil Newsome on 10/06/2016 Rating: 5

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