MANILA –Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 204 Judge Juanita T. Guerrero on Monday ordered that Former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officer-in-charge Rafael Ragos be placed under the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) detention facility in Manila.
Ragos was brought by members of the NBI Special Operations Group to the Muntinlupa Hall of Justice on Monday around 8:20 a.m. for the return of the warrant of arrest.
Ragos, however, did not step out of the vehicle which took him to the Muntinlupa Hall of Justice. Instead, an NBI agent returned the warrant of arrest to the court.
Ragos surrendered on before noon Sunday to the NBI. He is included in the arrest warrant issued by Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court Branch 204 Executive Judge Juanita Guerrero.
“Rafael Ragos, who surrendered in view of the warrant arrest issued against him dated February 23, 2017 and against whom the Court finds sufficient probable cause for Violation of Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002, Sec. 5 in rel. to Sec. 3, Sec. 26 & Sec. 28 of R.A. No. 9165 (Illegal Drug Trading). Wherefore, accused Leila M. De Lima is ordered committed to the Custodial Service Unit in Camp Crame, Quezon City,” the order read.
Ragos, also a former NBI deputy director, shall be under the supervision of the NBI Security Management Section, Guerrero said in her commitment order issued.
Aside from Sen. Leila de Lima and her former driver and boyfriend Ronnie Dayan, Ragos is included in the arrest warrant issued by Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court Branch 204 Executive Judge Juanita Guerrero.
De Lima was detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame.
The senator on Friday appeared before the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 204 for the return of the arrest warrant.
Dayan was placed in the custody of the Muntinlupa City Jail.
Dayan will be alone in his detention cell, as he is a high profile detainee. He will also have to provide his own bed, police said.
Separate cases for three counts of drug trafficking against were filed against De Lima before the Muntinlupa RTC which were assigned to three different courts.
The cases for sale and trading of illegal drugs and liability of government officials under Republic Act 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act) were assigned to RTC Branch 204 Judge Juanita Guerrero, Branch 205 Judge Amelia Fabros-Corpuz and Branch 206 Judge Patria Manalastas-De Leon.
The first case in Branch 204 include De Lima, Dayan and Ragos.
De Lima is joined by her nephew Jose Adrian Dera in the second case in Branch 205.
Lastly, the third case in Branch 206 is against De Lima, Dera, Dayan, former BuCor chief Franklin Bucayu, his alleged bagman Wilfredo Elli, high-profile inmate Jaybee Sebastian and De Lima’s former bodyguard Jonel Sanchez,.