‘Agaw Bato’ scheme bared

September 19, 2019

RETIRED police general and now Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong confirmed that some police officers are involved in an illegal activity called “Agaw Bato.”

Magalong revealed this during the resumption of the Senate justice and human rights committee’s probe into the alleged corruption inside the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

The former general told the Senate panel that when he was CIDG chief he conducted intelligence operations and a case build-up against some personnel of the CIDG, National Capital Region Police Office, and Police Regional Office 3 involved in “Agaw Bato.”

“Part of their modus operandi is to arrest Chinese drug traffickers, and seize illegal drugs. They would later free them in exchange for money and arrest another Chinese national as replacement of the freed drug trafficker,” he said.

Only a portion of the seized drug was kept as evidence and the rest was “recycled” or placed back in the drug market.

“Yung nahuli nilang Chinese ipapatubos ho nila yan, let us say mga P50 million…The latest that I investigated, it amounted to about P50 million para tubusin nung sindikato yung Chinese drug lord,” he further said.

“So kumita na po sila dun sa drugs, kumita pa sila dun sa nahuli nilang Chinese at palalabasin nila na…yung replacement, yun ang orginal na nahuli nila,” he added.