Ex-NBI exec in Catanduanes ‘mega shabu lab’ case arraigned today

October 21, 2018

THE former National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) official implicated in the so-called “mega shabu laboratory” in Catanduanes, which was busted by authorities last 2016, will be arraigned today at the Makati City Regional Trial Court.

Former NBI Region 7 Director Augusto Eric Isidoro will face Makati RTC Branch 62 at 1 p.m. for arraignment on charges of violation of Republic Act 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act) over his alleged involvement in the shabu laboratory where authorities seized some P100 million worth of shabu and its precursors.

The specific charge against Isidoro was conspiracy to manufature illegal drugs along with four other suspects who remain at large -- Xian Xian Wang, Pido Bonito, Paolo Uy and Jayson Uy.

The other arrested accused, Lorenzo Piñera II, will stand trial for cases of possession and manufacture of illegal drugs along with five other accused who are also still at large -- the Uys, Paolo Palisoc, Phung Yuan Estorco and Sheng Wang.

Judge Selma Palacio-Alaras, who earlier convicted Canadian nationals James Riach and Ali Memar Shirazi in a P100-million drug possession case last February, will hear the case against Isidoro.

The Supreme Court ordered the transfer of this case from Virac RTC to Makati RTC last June upon request of the Department of Justice.

The case stemmed from the raid on a mega shabu laboratory in Catanduanes on Nov. 26, 2016.

Authorities seized at the shabu laboratory some 22.509 kilograms of crystallized metamphetamine hydrochloride and 359.75 kilograms of Ephedrine, as well as other chemicals and equipment for the manufacture of illegal drugs during the raid.