Ex-BuCor head Rafael Ragos surrenders to NBI
MANILA - Former Bureau of Corrections officer-in-charge Rafael Ragos, who is tagged in the drug charges against Senator Leila de Lima, has surrendered to the National Bureau of Investigation.
Justice Undersecretary Erickson Balmes confirmed the news to radio DZMM, though no additional details about Ragos' surrender were readily available.
Ragos was ordered arrested for alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade at the national penitentiary when De Lima was still justice secretary.
He was among those indicted along with De Lima, her former driver-bodyguard and estranged lover Ronnie Dayan, former BuCor chief Franklin Jesus Bucayu, De Lima's reported nephew and aide Jose Adrian Dera, Joenel Sanchez, Wilfredo Elli, and Jaybee Sebastian.
Ragos testified in a House inquiry last year that he delivered P10 million in drug payoffs to De Lima and Dayan in separate occasions.
Included in this amount, he said, was P5 million he delivered to Dayan in De Lima's residence in South Bay Village in November 2012. He claimed he saw Dayan hand the bag over to De Lima.