PDEA, Si­lay City po­lice ac­cused of abuses

Watchmen Daily Journal - - Front Page - By Do­minique Gabriel G. Bañaga

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,

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