Alleged drug lord Jaybee Sebastian files charges vs. De Lima before DOJ

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Convicted kidnapper and alleged drug lord Jaybee Sebastian filed complaints against Senator Leila De Lima and two prison officials before the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday.

Sebastian claimed of violations to the anti-graft law, torture, and indirect bribery.

Others in the complaint list are former Bureau of Corrections chief Ricardo Rainier Cruz, and former New Bilibid Prison (NBP) director Richard Schwarzkopf Jr.

Sebastian said his transfer from the NBP's Maximum Security Compound to Building 14, a secluded facility for high-profile inmates, placed his life in danger.

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Eduardo Arriba, Sebastian's lawyer, added De Lima's claim that Sebastian was a government asset could have led to the stabbing incident inside the prison on September 28. Sebastian was injured while a high-profile inmate was killed in the scuffle.

For indirect bribery, Arriba claimed De Lima required Sebastian to raise funds for her Senate bid. She did this through her former aide Joenel Sanchez

'Coerced by evil forces'

On the other hand, De Lima believes Sebastian was pressured to file the complaint, adding this would ensure his safety from "the evil forces."

"I believe that, just like his appearance at the House inquiry, Sebastian has been coerced to file that so-called complaint. It's a matter of life and death for him. He's just fulfilling his part of the bargain with the evil forces, so they don't touch him," De Lima said in a text message to CNN Philippines on Friday.

But Arriba denied the claim.

DOJ, not Ombudsman

Sebastian's camp was supposed to file the complaint with the Ombudsman last October, but ended up filing it with the Justice Department. The Ombudsman had said it will not initiate a probe on the case.

Arriba said there are already two pending complaints against the senator at the Justice Department.

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De Lima said by filing the complaint with the DOJ, government is using its "homecourt advantage" in pushing the case.

The department's five-man panel has yet to set the date for the first preliminary hearing on the drug trafficking complaints.