THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency yesterday said it will answer the National Bureau of Investigation’s graft and corruption charges against the agency’s former and incumbent officials and some anti-narcotics agents in connection with the controversial 2019 smuggling of ₱1 billion worth of shabu concealed in an abandoned tapioca starch shipment.
Although the PDEA has yet to receive a copy of the NBI Report, the agency is ready to answer every allegation, said PDEA spokesman Director Derrick Arnold C. Carreon.
“PDEA officials and agents who were implicated in the investigation are ready to clear their names in the proper forum,” he added.
Carreon said that the incident happened during the previous PDEA administration.
Director General Wilkins M Villanueva, who took over the helm of the agency’s leadership on May 22, 2020, had nothing to do with the controlled delivery operation in contention since he was still the Regional Director of the PDEA Regional Office X Northern Mindanao at that time, the PDEA spokesperson added.
At the same time, the official said that the PDEA leadership fully respects the court’s decision regarding the guilty verdict of indirect contempt against five of their agents in Western Visayas.
Judge Amelia Lourdes Mendoza of the Negros Oriental Regional Trial Court Branch 34 issued the decision.
“PDEA, as the lead agency in the national anti-drug campaign of the government is bound to abide, obey and follow all decisions of the courts. PDEA assures the public of its dedicated, determined and committed public service in its vision of a drug-resistant and self-policing communities in the future,” Carreon said.
The five PDEA agents were accused of faking a drug buy-bust operation in Dumaguete City last June prompting the judge to berate them for “making untruthful statements in their affidavits and for directly misleading the court and impeding and degrading the administration of justice.”
Publication Source : People's Journal