Acierto releases matrix showing Michael Yang’s links to drug trade
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019
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.
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.
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)
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Thursday, May 9th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) remains skeptical of Peter Joemel Advincula claiming to be alias Bikoy, the hooded man in the viral narco video linking prominent personalities including President Rodrigo Duterte to illegal drugs.
According to PNP Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde, the responsibility is on Advincula to prove his claim, though authorities are working out to uncover his real identity.
“We have not really confirmed na itong si Bikoy na naka-hood ay siya rin itong si Advincula na self-confessed Bikoy. Ang burden of proof lies on Advincula kung paano niya i-prove na siya si Bikoy talaga, (We have not really confirmed if this hooded man or self-confessed Bikoy is indeed Advincula. The burden of proof now lies on Advincula to prove himself as Bikoy),” Police General Albayalde said.
According to Albayalde, Advincula used to tip authorities with information when he was serving jail term inside the New Bilibid Prison in 2016.
“He made it believe through one inmate also na siya ay involved. The same kuwento niya na siya ang involved sa isang sindikato at meron siyang alam na laboratory sa Bicol. It so happened na noong i-verify namin ang sinasabi niyang laboratory ay isang resort pala. (He made one inmate believe that he was involved (in a syndicate). The same old story. And that he knew of a (drug) laboratory in Bicol. It so happened that when we verified the supposed laboratory, it turned out to be a resort). So, this is how he lies,” Albayalde explained.
What’s cunning, Albayalde said, was that Advincula used to sell information for P50,000 to P70,000.
“We have an intensified campaign against illegal drugs, alam niya (he knows it). So, we develop kahit anong information ang nakukuha namin sa isang tao (So, we develop whatever information we could get from an informant). But before he gives information, ilang beses na siyang nakahingi ng medyo large amount of money (he would always ask for a large amount of money). And it turned out na lahat ng sinabi niya are all false, (later, it would turn out that everything he said was false),” the PNP Chief narrated.
He said it was not only one agency that Advincula conned with false information.
“Ibig sabihin nagpabayad siya dito (He accepted payment for), the same information . Umatras iyon pero nabayaran na siya (The other party backed out their deal but he was paid already),” Albayalde said.
Then there was another agency na binayaran siya ulit and then false pa rin ang sinasabi niya (Then there was another agency that also paid him, but fed it false information again),” Albyalde added.
If Advincula is indeed Bikoy, Albayalde said it is possible that he is a paid whistleblower.
Until now, the PNP has not received any information on whether or not the personalities mentioned by Bikoy in the viral video have links to illegal drugs, but assures that investigations are still ongoing.
“Kahit na ang quadrangle group na sinasabi niya it’s not even existent, (Even that quadrangle group that he mentioned is non-existent),” the PNP Chief said.
Meanwhile, authorities are still verifying information if Advincula has an existing warrant of arrest for cases of illegal recruitment in Baguio City. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Rey Pelayo)
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has recovered a total of 331 firearms from security agencies in Metro Manila issued with Cease to Operate (CTO) order.
The PNP Civil Security Group-Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies (CSG-SOSIA) presented to media on Wednesday (May 8) 250 firearms from involved security agencies, while 81 were recovered during the conduct of post to post inspection in the duration of the election period from January 13 to present.
The firearms recovered include:
(55) 12 GA Shotgun
(39) 9mm pistol
(222) .38 caliber
(10) Super .38 caliber
(1) caliber 380
(2) CAL .32
(2) Mac Intretac
The security guards involved were also issued with violation ticket report.
The confiscation and issuance of VTR stemmed from the agencies’ lack of license to exercise the security profession of security guards.
The crackdown on unauthorized security agencies is in line with PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde’s directive to SOSIA to “revisit the hiring process of security guards and intensify the conduct of post to post inspection.”
This, after the arrest of an alleged Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) member wanted for kidnapping and serious illegal detention who posed as security guard in Muntinlupa City.
Since the start of the election period, the PNP has recovered a total of 1,257 firearms from unauthorized security agencies that violated the CTO order and through the post to post inspections of police authorities across the country. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Rey Pelayo)
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Tuesday, May 7th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) on Tuesday belied rumors that Peter Joemel Advincula, the man claiming to be ‘Bikoy’ in the video series called “Ang Totoong Narco List,” is under their custody following his press conference at its headquarters in Ortigas.
On Monday, Advincula went to IBP to seek legal assistance to file charges against presidential son Paolo Duterte; Lawyer Manases Carpio, the husband of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte; and Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, former aide of President Rodrigo Duterte.
He claimed he was the hooded figure in the video series implicating some members of the Duterte family and their close allies to the narcotics trade.
“We would like to dispel rumors that Mr. Peter Joemel Advincula is in the custody and care of the IBP. The IBP leadership is unaware of his current whereabouts,” the IBP said in a statement released late Tuesday.
The IBP issued the statement following speculations that Advincula is under its care.
It also maintained that it did not organize Advincula’s press briefing, and it has nothing to do with the statement that he read before the media.
“The presence of media outfits was not upon the invitation nor direction of the IBP, ” it said.
“IBP did not craft Mr. Advincula’s statement, and/or sworn statement,” it added.
The IBP also reiterated that Advincula was received at their office on Monday like any other applicant seeking legal assistance from its National Center for Legal Aid.
“Right now, his application for legal aid is still under the evaluation by the NCLA,” the group said.
The IBP reiterated it continues to the sentinel of the rule of law in the country, which has a “mandate to maintain independence and credibility as the umbrella organization of all lawyers in the Philippines.”
In response to Advincula’s appearance at the IBP and drug allegations against the Duterte family and their close allies, Senator Panfilo Lacson said his committee has invited the former to attend its hearing on Friday.
Lacson said the formal invitation to Advincula will be sent out through the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) since it was the last place where he was seen.
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