MALACAÑANG is offering a reward of P10 million to anyone with information leading to the arrest of former police officer Eduardo Acierto who is now believed to be in hiding after a court issued an arrest warrant against him for illegal drugs.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra bared this yesterday when asked by reporters for any update on the manhunt for Acierto.
Guevarra admitted however that he was “not privy [as] to where it will be sourced,” saying the bounty was larger than what Department of Justice could offer.
Previously, the DoJ offered a P500,000 reward for any information leading to the capture of another fugitive, suspected drug lord Peter Lim. The amount remains unclaimed.
With Malacañang offering the bounty, Guevarra disclosed that the DoJ would just focus its efforts on going after Acierto’s coddlers, if there are any.
Acierto recently surfaced in a press conference with select media outfits and linked President Duterte’s former adviser Michael Yan to the illegal drug trade in the country.
The case stemmed from the successive confiscations in August last year of two abandoned magnetic lifters at the Port of Manila which contained 355 kilos of shabu worth P2.4 billion and of four magnetic lifters at a warehouse in General Mariano Alvarez, Cavite believed to have been used to smuggle 1.6 tons of shabu worth P11 billion.