PDEA, Silay City police accused of abuses
The family involved in a Silay City raid last July resulting in the recovery of over P500,000 worth of shabu, nearly P250,000 in suspected drug money, several mobile phones, firearms and ammunition, and drug paraphernalia are accusing the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Silay City police of abuse.
In a letter seeking assistance from the media, Sammy Aguirre, the target of the operation, accused Silay City police chief, Police Superintendent Noel Polines, and PDEA agents of “grossly” violating the rights of his family.
The letter claimed there were no witnesses from the local barangay during the raid, which resulted in members of his family having to wait outside their home.
He went on to say authorities seized items unrelated to illegal drugs, noting, a representative from the Barangay Rizal council visited around an hour after the raid was conducted and seized their closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras.
Aguirre believes footage from the said cameras would prove law enforcement planted the contraband items. He said, with the local fiscal ruling the cameras would not be returned, Silay City Mayor Mark Golez is now being asked to recover the cameras, along with
P200,000, various jewelry, mobile phones, and four motorcycles.
Along with the letter was a copy of an August 14 inquest that slapped illegal possession of dangerous drugs charges against Aguirre’s wife Alma. Meanwhile, charges filed against Rodjilyn Santosidad and Bryan Seranno, who were both present during the raid, were dismissed due to lack of probable cause.
In response to the allegations, Polines affirmed procedures were followed properly. He also indicated barangay officials were present during the raid, alongside local media and representatives from the Department of Justice.
The police chief called the accusations an “old tactic” practiced by those accused of links to illegal drugs.
In addition, the raid was prompted after Judge Ana Celeste Bernad of the Silay City Regional Trial Court-Branch 69 issued a search warrant against Aguirre./DGB,