Duterte bares ‘secret special report’ containing drug links of active, ex-PNP, PDEA, BoC officials

President Rodrigo Duterte / Presidential photo from Inquirer

Manila, Philippines – According to a “secret special report” released by President Rodrigo Duterte, active and former top officials of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Bureau of Customs were allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade.

The said report was ordered by the president to declassify and released to the media on Tuesday.

It showed the alleged drug links of several law enforcement officials in the country.

The report has implicated the former
PDEA deputy director general for administration Ismael Fajardo Jr., who was fired from his position last September by PDEA director general Aaron Aquino over the alleged involvement in the trade.

Fajardo is reportedly branded as a recycler of drugs and fabricator of stories.”

The report also stated that Fajardo is “tangled with several incidents of drug recycling and other illegal activities involving drugs since his early days as anti-narcotic operative in the PNP.”

Fajardo has previously worked under the Philippine National Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (PNP-AIDSOTF).

After his retirement from PNP, former PDEA Director Gen. Arturo Cacdac appointed Fajardo as head of the agency’s Special Enforcement Service from August 2014 to May 2017.

He was later on designated as regional director of PDEA Regional Office 3 and, became the director general before he was fired.

Fajardo was also linked to the drug operations in Valenzuela in January 12, 2016, and the Binondo drug raid in January 15, 2016 and the alleged arrest of two Taiwanese nationals in Parañaque City.

The president’s report also implicared Fajardo in the arrest of Marine Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino on January 20, 2016 in Manila for allegedly possessing 76,697.7 grams or P380 million worth of shabu.

The report also stated that Fajardo and his group implemented the search warrant issued by Judge Fernando Sagun Jr four days after the warrant against the group of Atong Lee, which led to the arrest of Marcelino, was released.

“Fajardo and his group concocted stories to vilify Marcelino and make a very big accomplishment out of his arrest. Contrary to their scripted stories given to the media, that operatives were surprised to see Marcelino inside the house comfortably sitting in a sofa, Fajardo and his group were already going in and out of the said house since January 2016, days even before the issuance of the search warrant,” the report said.

The report also said that it was Fajardo’s group who brought drugs to that place from Valenzuela following the instruction from Atong Lee.

Fajardo’s group “claimed that it was a clandestine shabu laboratory to claim rewards from PDEA’s Private Eye Rewards Program” although they simply used the place as storage area of the drugs from Valenzuela.” The report said

“Nevertheless, they had been successful in making many people believe in their script that Marcelino was comfortably sitting in a sofa when they entered the unit by showing photographs and videos which were actually taken in the lobby of the PNP Headquarters at Camp Crame during the press conference when Marcelino was presented to the media.”

The said report also said about fajardo’s unexplained wealth and lavish lifestyle, owning different properties that are allegedly valued at around 100 million.

The report also bore that former PNP’s anti-narcotics stalwart, ex-Sr. Supt. Eduardo Acierto, being involved in the anomalous procurement of more than a thousand AK-47 rifles which eventually landed at the hands of the New People’s Army (NPA) – which led to his dismissal last month.

Bureau of Customs intelligence officer Jimmy Guban was also pinned over dubious activities inside the corruption-hit Bureau.

Source: Inquirer

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