Reward? De Lima witness returns to NBI post
By Nancy Carvajal
As a reward for his testimony against Senator Leila de Lima, former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officer-in-charge and National Bureau of Investigation deputy director Rafael Ragos has been reinstated to the NBI on the orders of Justice Menardo Guevarra, insiders at the bureau bared.
“Just give him a desk,” was supposedly the reply of Guevarra to NBI Director Dante Gierran’s inquiry on the status of Ragos who showed up at his office last Monday.
Six months ago, Ragos took the witness stand against De Lima for drug charges and is now supposedly asking for his old post as a deputy director who claimed his testimony is the key of De Lima’s conviction, sources at the bureau told Politiko.
“We always suspected that he will be rewarded in exchange of his testimony that he allegedly handed millions of pesos to Ronnie Dayan in De Lima’s house in Paranaque, while she was the Justice Secretary,” a bureau official who asked not to be identified said.
Various sources in the NBI shared that Ragos claimed he will be reinstated as deputy director for intelligence, his last post when he was kicked out of the bureau when President Duterte became president.
“I am the only key to the conviction of Leila, without my testimony she (Leila) will be released. I have been promised of my previous position if I testify in court what I said in the Senate hearings,’’ Ragos supposedly told the current bureau officials.
However, various sources said Ragos had not returned to the bureau after he was told by other employees under the Office of the Director, there is no space for him at the moment.
“Sinabihan siya na walang pang space, and was also asked if he could bring with him the written order of Guevarra before they will officially put his name back on the roster,” the insider said.
The camp of De Lima had previously aired that a deal was reached between the Justice Department and Ragos in exchange for his testimony against his former boss.
Ragos was dropped by government prosecutors as a co-accused of de Lima following his surrender to the NBI and offered himself as a state witness.