Convicted kidnapper and alleged drug lord Jaybee Sebastian is set to press charges against Senator Leila De Lima and top officials of the New Bilibid Prison for graft, violation of ethical standards for public officials and torture, a television report said Wednesday.
A report by GMA News' Chino Gaston on GMA News TV's Balitanghali said the respondents will also include former Bureau of Corrections Director Rainier Cruz, and New Bilibid Prison Superintendent Richard Schwarzkopf.
Sebastian will file the charges before the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with his transfer to Building 14 of the maximum security compound despite threats to his life from the Bilibid 19 inmates, the same report said.
It added that Sebastian's legal counsel Eduardo Arriba Jr. said his client requested numerous times to the NBP leadership for his transfer but to no avail, despite De Lima's pronouncement that Sebastian was a government asset.
Arriba said that aside from the stabbing incident that injured Sebastian, the drug lord was also allegedly the primary target in a grenade throwing incident in the NBP that almost claimed his life.
De Lima, the former Secretary of Justice, will face torture raps for placing Sebastian under solitary confinement and lockdown at Building 14, the report said.
Sought for comment, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said: "I do not know anything about that. Besides, it's between him and De Lima kaya hindi ko alam."
Asked if the filing of charges will dispel insinuations that De Lima and Sebastian were close, Aguirre reiterated they had nothing to do with the convict's plan.
"Wala kaming kontrol sa aksyon ng dalawa. Kung gusto nila palabasin na sila ay magkaaway o magkagalit, nasa kanila 'yan," he said.
Sebastian is said to have pooled drug money for De Lima's senatorial campaign this year. De Lima has denied the allegation.
Meanwhile, Arriba denied his camp settled with the Duterte administration in connection with the case building up against De Lima.
Arriba was to meet with Aguirre on Wednesday but the justice secretary did not say what will be discussed in the meeting.