Acierto releases matrix showing Michael Yang’s links to drug trade

Robie de Guzman   •   March 26, 2019   •   13550

MANILA, Philippines – Dismissed Police Colonel Eduardo Acierto on Tuesday (March 26) released his own matrix showing the alleged links of Presidential Economic Adviser Michael Yang and Chinese businessman Allan Lim to the narcotics trade.

Based on Acierto’s drug matrix obtained by the UNTV News and Rescue, Yang and Lim are both linked to the Johnson Chua drug syndicate allegedly operating in the Philippines.

The drug cartel is said to be headed by a Chinese national named Johnson Co alias Johnson Chua who is based in Mainland, China. He was last spotted in Hong Kong and Macau.

Co, based on Acierto’s drug matrix, has Chinese business partners who own warehouses in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and General Santos in Mindanao.

Former PCol. Eduardo Acierto released a link diagram of personalities allegedly involved in the operation of illegal drugs in the Philippines.

They are Yang, who was called the “Dragon,” and Lim, who allegedly facilitated the entry of illegal drugs into the Philippines for P50,000 a kilo, in connivance with an unnamed Bureau of Customs official.

Acierto said Lim operated the clandestine drug laboratory in Cavite which was raided by operatives in the previous year. He was charged but was able to walk free due to case technicalities.  

Lim was also the alleged operator of clandestine drug laboratories in Bunawan and Dumoy in Davao City which were stormed by authorities in December 2004.

Acierto said Yang worked on the issuance of shipping requirements for the entry of illegal drugs found in a warehouse in Cagayan de Oro which were allegedly supplied by Co.

Acierto said this information was contained in the intelligence report he submitted to his superiors in the Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and President Rodrigo Duterte.

The dismissed cop earlier claimed Duterte and his superiors, including PNP Chief General Oscar Albayalde, ignored the report and blocked further investigation into Yang’s drug links.

But Albayalde said he could not recall receiving any report from Acierto since he assumed the post. His predecessor, Gen. Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa, also did not turn over any document related to Acierto’s claims.

“Since I assumed office as CPNP on April 2018, I did not receive any copy, any of an alleged report that identified Presidential Adviser Michael Yang as being involved in illegal drugs or illegal activities,” he said.

Albayalde also earlier questioned Acierto’s credibility, saying the latter should have known that an intelligence report needs to be validated. An operation should also be launched immediately once verified.

READ: Albayalde questions Acierto’s alleged intel on Yang’s drug links

The PNP Chief, however, stressed they are prepared to launch an investigation to verify Acierto’s allegations even though Yang and Lim were not included on the list of personalities involved in the narcotics trade.

Albayalde also assured to extend protection coverage to Acierto, who claims to have received death threats.

“We can help him just like any citizen in our country kung merong death threat at kung nakita natin na totoo ‘yung death threat then why not, bakit di natin tulungan? Wala naman tayong pinipili d’yan,” he said. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Lea Ylagan)

Two suspects nabbed for selling injectable shabu online

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 20, 2020

Two men were arrested by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) after they were caught selling illegal drugs in Mandaluyong City on Thursday (February 20).

A member of PDEA posed as a buyer and, after confirming the illegal activity, authorities arrested Mark Kenneth San Juan and Jeffrey Saclao.

Authorities seized 26 syringes of suspected liquid shabu with an estimate of P52,000. They also seized one sachet of suspected shabu worth around P13,600.

According to PDEA Spokesperson Derrick Carreon, the suspects are also selling drugs online based on their social media accounts.

Carreon also said the suspects target the youth using social media. He also warned about the negative effects of using drugs.

“So, maaari po talagang mangyari sa inyo ang mga hindi kanais-nais na mga bagay apart from the fact na it leads to (Bad things can happen to you apart from the fact that it leads to) the spread of several infectious diseases,” he said.

PDEA has taken custody of the two suspects and will face charges for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. —AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Espenido to face probe for speaking out on drug list inclusion

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 19, 2020

Police Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will conduct an investigation on Police Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido for speaking out on his inclusion in the drug watchlist.

PNP Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa said that he will handle the issue internally.

“Leave it to us. It’s purely an internal issue. I will deal with Espenido squarely as the Chief PNP and he being a member of the PNP,” he said.

Gamboa said that the PNP has a general instruction to over 300 policemen included in the narco list to remain mum on the issue especially when the adjudication process is still ongoing.

Espenido, on Tuesday (February 18), denied his involvement in drugs and said that there was a failure in the intel on the drug watchlist.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Gamboa: 15 cops on Duterte’s narcolist consider optional retirement

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 12, 2020

PNP PBGen. Chief Archie Gamboa

The Philippine National Police (PNP) PBGen. Chief Archie Gamboa has announced that 15 cops listed on President Rodrigo Duterte’s narcolist are considering “optional retirement”.

The PNP chief said the “optional retirement” is to ease the process of validating illegal drug involvement of over 300 cops under the narcolist.

Ang purpose naman natin bakit tayo nago-offer ng optional retirement para hindi na mahirapan ang PNP. Pero once na mag-start na ang proseso, (The purpose of offering optional retirement is to spare the PNP from further hassle. But once we begin the process) then we will not accept any more optional retirements,” Gamboa said.

Gamboa already extended the deadline until Thursday (February 13) for the other policemen on the narcolist to file for optional retirement.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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