THE country’s drug czar will be getting protection from the Police Security and Protection Group (PSPG) after all, the Journal Group learned yesterday.
Highly-reliable sources said there already has been a recommendation that Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chair, Director General Aaron N. Aquino’s bodyguards from the Police Regional Officer 3 be assigned to the Police Security and Protection Group.
“Gen. Aquino wants his trusted men to secure him and his family, not total strangers, thus the recommendation to assign his trusted security men to the PSPG,” a police official said.
A former Police Regional Office 3 director in Central Luzon until he was designated as PDEA chair by President Duterte following his retirement in September 2017, Aquino saw his security personnel from the PRO3 being recalled in the aftermath of his revelations about the so-called ‘ninja cops’ or rogue policemen involved in the recycling of confiscated drug evidence and other highly-irregular anti-narcotics activities.
Senator Richard Gordon, chair of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, investigating the drug controversy said he had learned that Aquino had been stripped of his policemen-bodyguards because they were ordered to report back to their mother units.
Gordon was amazed why the government’s no. 1 drug enforcer was stripped of security despite the fact that his and his family’s life are in constant danger due to the nature of his job.
The PDEA chief said his security detail appeared to have been singled out after accounting by the PRO3 despite his appeal to PRO3 director, Brigadier General Joel Napoleon M. Coronel.
However, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, General Oscar D. Abayalde denied the recall of Aquino’s escorts had anything to do with the ‘ninja cops’ controversy.
PNP spokesman, Brigadier Gen. Bernard M. Banac said there was indeed an order to recall PRO3 personnel acting as security officers to all government officials in Central Luzon including Aquino since the PRO3 needs more muscle to secure the Southeast Asian Games which will be held in various venues in Region 3 from November 30 to December 11.
Banac assured the government officials the recall was only for the duration of the SEA Games.
On Sunday, Aquino said the arrest of one PDEA operative for illegal possession of drugs and weapons and explosives “is a proof that crooked law enforcers exist even in PDEA.”
The official denounced crooked officers and men in the Agency and vowed to pursue them to the full extent of the law.
“PDEA will continue to support and cooperate with the Philippine National Police in our campaign against illegal drugs,” said Aquino as he vowed a much stricter PDEA internal cleansing drive to rid the Agency of rogues in uniform.
Last Saturday afternoon, agents of the Laguna Police Provincial arrested Intelligence Officer 1 Richard Reyes Gaufo, a 39-year old member of the PDEA Cordillera Regional Office and his ‘asset’ Joseph Martin Patrick Alfonso...
Borjal,39, during a raid, Laguna police director, Colonel Eleazar P. Matta said.
Gaufo and Borjal were arrested at the residence of the latter on 11 Gregorio del Pilar Street in Bgy. Pacita 1 in San Pedro City,.
In a report to Police Regional Office 4-A director, Brigadier Gen. Edward E. Carranza, the Laguna police director said his men searched Borjal’s residence on the strength of a search warrant for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013 issued by Judge Cynthia Marino, Ricablanca of the Sta. Cruz, Laguna Regional Trial Court Branch 27.
Matta said that PDEA Agent Gaufo, a resident of Block 12, Lot 53, Saint Judge Village in San Fernando City, Pampanga and Borjal were arrested after officers recovered assorted weapons, 10 heat-sealed plastic sachets containing suspected shabu and various drug paraphernalia during the search.
The illegal weapons confiscated include one Glock 22 caliber 40 semi-automatic pistol with serial no. LRC278, one cal. .45 Thompson machine pistol with serial no. 40247, one cal. .45 Norinco pistol without serial number, 18 pieces of cal. .45 ammunition, 25 live cal. 40 ammunition, two Glock magazines, one outside holster, one fragmentation grenade, one cal. .45 magazine with a live bullet, one backpack, two sling bags and Borjal’s fake PDEA identification card.
Matta said that Borjal is now facing criminal charges for usurpation of authority, illegal possession of drugs and violation of RA 10591 and RA 9516 or illegal possession of explosives.
The PDEA agent will be facing charges for illegal possession of firearms and explosives and drug