THE chairman of the House Committee on Dangerous Drugs yesterday lauded the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for identifying four members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) allegedly involved in the alleged smuggling of P6.8 billion worth of methamphetamine (shabu).
Last week, PDEA chief Aaron Aquino confirmed that they have been able to identify four more policemen, after resigned intelligence officer Jimmy Guban of the Bureau of Customs was implicated in the smuggling of a shabu shipment, along with dismissed PNP Senior Superintendent Eduardo Acierto and former PDEA-NCR chief Ismael Fajardo.
National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Guillermo Eleazar did not deny the PDEA claim.
However, the names of the four police officers were not released.
“I commend PDEA for uncovering and bringing to light these scalawags. Honestly, it didn’t come as a shock as I am certain that there are more of them out there. From the previous hearings of both the Senate and the House, we were able to expose the skeletons in the closet. In the next House hearing, we will surely uncover more,” said Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers, the panel chairman.
Barbers also acknowledged the need for a total shake-up of the BoC, PNP and PDEA aimed at ridding these agencies of misfits and rogues.
“It is equally alarming that those who are supposed to implement the law are the ones violating it. Once we identify more of them, then we can further solidify and strengthen the campaign on the war on drugs. We really have to start somewhere, and honestly, it’s a sad state that we have to start with our law enforcement agencies,” Barbers stated.
He also said that the new information will expedite the investigation and will bring a swift resolution to the country’s drug problem.