PNP wel­comes P10-M re­ward for ar­rest of dis­missed narco-cop

Sun Star Bacolod - - Nation -

THE Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) wel­comed on Tues­day, April 30, the P10-mil­lion re­ward money that Mala­cañang has of­fered for any informatio­n lead­ing to the ar­rest of dis­missed po­lice of­fi­cer Ed­uardo Acierto.

“This will greatly help in en­cour­ag­ing in­for­mants to pro­vide informatio­n on the where­abouts of Acierto. But with or with­out the re­ward money, we will com­ply with the court’s or­der to ar­rest him,” PNP spokespers­on Colonel Bernard Banac said in a press con­fer­ence in Camp Crame.

Acierto was among the per­son­al­i­ties accused of tak­ing part in the con­ceal­ment of bil­lions of pe­sos worth of il­le­gal drugs found in mag­netic lifters that were in­ter­cepted at the Manila In­ter­na­tional Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal (MICT) and in a ware­house in Cavite province.

Banac warned that the peo­ple cod­dling Acierto may be charged with vi­o­la­tion of Sec­tion 4 of the Dan­ger­ous Drugs Law (im­por­ta­tion of il­le­gal drugs) and stand to suf­fer “im­pris­on­ment of up to 20 years and a fine of up to P500,000.”

Banac said that ac­cord­ing to the Bureau of Im­mi­gra­tion, there is no in­di­ca­tion that Acierto has left the coun­try.

“There are no in­di­ca­tions that he left the coun­try be­cause we con­tinue to co­or­di­nate with BI, un­less he was able to exit the Philip­pines through the back­door,” he said.

On April 12, the Manila Re­gional Trial Court Branch 35 is­sued an ar­rest war­rant and a hold de­par­ture or­der (HDO) against Acierto and his co-accused in­clud­ing former Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency (PDEA) Deputy Direc­tor for Ad­min­is­tra­tion Is­mael Fa­jardo; im­porters Chan Yee Wah alias KC Chan and Zhou Quan alias Zhang Quan; con­signees Vedasto Cabral Baraquel Jr. and Maria La­gri­mas Cati­pan of Ve­caba Trad­ing; and Emily Luquin­gan.

Also charged were former Cus­toms in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer Jimmy Guban who was taken into cus­tody by the Na­tional Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (NBI) on April 17.

The DOJ in­dicted Acierto and other accused in court after find­ing prob­a­ble cause in the charges filed against them by the NBI, which stemmed from the seizure of two aban­doned mag­netic lifters at the MICT.

The mag­netic lifters were found in Au­gust 2018 to con­tain 355 ki­los of shabu worth P2.4 bil­lion. Four more mag­netic lifters found at a ware­house in Gen­eral Mar­i­ano Al­varez, Cavite were be­lieved to have been used to smug­gle 1.6 tons of shabu worth P11 bil­lion.

Ear­lier, Acierto ad­mit­ted he was in hid­ing due to threats against his life.

He also tagged former pres­i­den­tial eco­nomic ad­viser Michael Yang as among the drug lords he mon­i­tored when he was still a part of the PNP Drug En­force­ment Group.

Acierto’s rev­e­la­tions irked Pres­i­dent Rodrigo Duterte who, in re­turn, called him a “cor­rupt” po­lice of­fi­cer be­cause of his in­volve­ment in il­le­gal drugs and kidnapping cases./sun­star Philip­pines

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