Prison brawl led to the death of convicted drug lord, Tony Co, and left 4 others wounded, including Peter Co and Jaybee Sebastian at the Building 14, New Bilibid Prison (NBP) on Wednesday morning.
According to Acting Bureau of Corrections director Rolando Asuncion initial statement to the reporters, Edgar Cinco caught Tony Co,Peter Co and Vicente Sy sniffing shabu in a cell at the NBP.
Cinco, alerted Clarence Dongail, a former police officer, who then went to the cell of Tony Co to apprehend the users.
Asuncion said that, Dongail went ahead to the common area when Tony Co assaulted him and that started the riot.
The anarchy left Tony Co dead with several stab wounds in the chest, Peter Co who was critical earlier was reported in a stable situation currently, Jaybee Sebastian, Sy, and Dongail sustained several wounds and are currently under recovery.
However Undersecretary Reynante Orceo of the Department of Justice is looking into two different versions of the story based on the testimonies of those involved in the riot.
Orceo found Jaybee Sebastian’s testimony consistent with Peter Co, who claim that he was watching TV in the common room when a certain Tomas Dolina attacked him.
Dongail and Dolina were seen talking before the attacked happened based on Sebastian’s testimony.
Jaybee Sebastian’s statement matches with Peter Co, who said Dongail invited him to Tony Co’s sleeping quarters.
Sy was then asked by Peter Co to go with him to Tony Co’s cell, where the incursion with Dongail erupted.
Officials investigating the riot told the media that there was no “methamphetamine” found at the crime scene which further contradicts to the initial report.
Asuncion also divulges an angle that the possible attack might possibly relate to the House probe where Jaybee Sebastian was set to testify.
**Update: According to Jaybee Sebastian’s lawyer, that his client will divulge everything he knows to President Rodrigo Duterte only, Sebastian was set to testify in the house probe on the proliferation of drugs in the Bilibid during the time of former DOJ now Senator Leila de Lima.