PSG 'confines' alleged De Lima bagman, launches probe

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(File photo of Sen. Leila De Lima)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Presidential Security Group (PSG) has ordered Jonel Sanchez, former security aide of Sen. Leila De Lima, back to barracks after he was implicated in the Bilibid drug probe.

Witness and convict Herbert Colanggo claimed that Sanchez collected drug money inside the prison and delivered it to De Lima.

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PSG spokesman Ltc. Michael Aquino said the move was done to "ensure Sanchez's safety."

"We immediately placed him confined in the barracks so that we can give way for the investigation," Aquino said.

Investigating Sanchez will include a lifestyle check, according to Aquino. As for the ongoing House probe, Aquino said "[they] will cooperate" and have Sanchez attend the hearing if he is summoned.

Watch: Highlights: Day 1 of House probe on Bilibid drug operations

Aquino said the PSG's main duty is to keep their principals safe. He added that the PSG's function does not include being anyone's "bagman," nor being a representative of their principals in any meeting.

Aquino said that after Sanchez's stint in De Lima's security team, Sanchez was processing his papers for his reassignment to the Philippine Air Force.

The PSG had previously ordered for his reassignment on July 1.

While waiting for his documents, Sanchez was "temporarily detailed" to Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.

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