THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency objected to the “possible grant of executive clemency” and eventual release of 13 convicted Chinese drug personalities who are now serving their term at the National Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City, officials said yesterday.
“Due to the gravity of their offenses, PDEA interposes its objection to the possible grant of executive clemency to the 13 Persons Deprived of Liberty or PDLs,” PDEA chair Director General Aaron N. Aquino said in a letter to Attorney Ronalyn Opiña-Gonzaga, the Chief Parole Officer of the Board of Pardons and Parole.
Aquino identified the 13 as Tom Chua Y Ruiz, Chia Chan Liu alias Chan Que, Hui Lao Chung alias Leofe Senglao, Zing Quian y Hua, Bobong Cha alias Joseph Chan/Chan Yang, Que Ming Kha alias Alfonso Go, Pang Ho alias Wai, Wu Hing Sum, Kin San Ho alias Ho Kin San, Tat Lim y Ha, Wu Jian Quan, Chang Shin Liu alias Robert Chang, Tiu Won Chua alias Timothy Tiu, and Tan Chin Bun.
The accused were convicted of either illegal use, possession or cultivation of illegal drugs and were all sentenced to life imprisonment by different courts which found them guilty beyond reasonable doubt.
The convicts were also ordered to pay fines ranging from P30,000 to as much as P5 million.
However, the PDEA interposed no objection to the possible grant of executive clemency to 15 other drug convicts “provided that the same be executed in accordance with the 2006 Revised Manual on Parole/Executive Clemency and other pertinent laws and rules.”
The 15 were identified as Jorge Paloma, Benjamin Solimen, Ernesto Enriquez, Allan KC Khor, Hadji Basser Usop, Frank Bayun, Raymundo Flores, Michael Maongco, Rodrigo San Pedro, Esmael Udan, Mads Mantawil, Armando Sese, Magid Mamanta, Edgardo Santiago and Austin Peterson Williams.
All were convicted for violation of the old RA 6425 or the Dangerous Drugs Act of 1972 enacted during the term of the late strongman Ferdinand E. Marcos and have been in jail since the late 70s.
Aquino also reserved the PDEA’s comment on the possible grant of executive clemency to Rodrigo San Pedro alias ‘Bimbo’ since there is no prison record of the latter attached in the letter-request of the Board of Pardons and Parole to the PDEA.
On Friday, the PDEA leadership said it was dismayed by the release from prison of four Chinese drug lords in June this year. Those released were identified as Chan Chit Yue, Kin San Ho, Ching Che, and Wu Hing Sum.
Aquino said their release is questionable, and the agency responded to the Board of Pardons and Parole in a letter dated February 13, 2019 to comment on the possible executive clemency to Pang Ho y Wai, now turned-over to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) for deportation; Wu Hing Sum, and Kin San Ho y Ho Kin San who were all sentenced for violation of Section 15 (Sale, Administration, Dispensation, Delivery, Transportation and Distribution of Regulated Drugs), Article III of Republic Act 6425, or the Dangerous Drugs Act of 1972, with a penalty of reclusion perpetua.