Trillanes denies hand in Jaybee Sebastian stabbing

MANILA — Sen. Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV on Tuesday denied a hand in the stabbing of high-profile inmate and self-confessed drug lord Jaybee Sebastian in a riot in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) which killed one and injured three others last September 28.

This after Department of Justice (DOJ) Vitaliano Aguirre II was reported to have linked Trillanes in the stabbing of Sebastian.

Trillanes described the allegations as “absurd.”

“I categorically deny any involvement in the stabbing incident of JB Sebastian. Why would I even do that? It is totally absurd,” Trillanes said in a text message.

The senator meanwhile urged Aguirre to fact-check since the Senate will soon be conducting a Senate inquiry on the incident.

“Aguirre and his gang better get their stories straight because we will have a full blown Senate inquiry to get the truth out,” he added.

To recall, Trillanes and Sen. Leila de Lima earlier filed a resolution seeking a probe into the alleged riot that erupted inside the NBP involving high-profile inmates.

The resolution directs the proper Senate Committee to conduct an inquiry on the apparent mismanagement and/or incompetence of the national Bilibid Prisons by the Bureau of Corrections and the Philippine National Police (PNP) leading to a brawl.

It also said that the probe will be done in aid of legislation and will have the end in view of enacting remedial legislation that would prevent the recurrence of similar incidents.

To recall, the riot erupted after an inmate named Clarence Dongail reprimanded the three Chinese inmates — Tony Co, Peter Co and Vicente Sy — after he allegedly caught them in the act of sniffing ‘methamphetamine hydrochloride’ or shabu.

Tony Co, a few minutes later, reportedly attacked Dongail who happened to be inside the cell of Sebastian, with an ice pick.

DOJ later confirmed the death of inmate Tony Co in the riot while inmates Sebastian, Sy and Peter Co were injured.