FORMER Bureau of Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) chief Col. Neil Anthony Estrella yesterday vowed to face his accusers in any venue as he expressed continued faith in the country’s justice system despite being implicated in the 605-kilogram shabu shipment from China.
Estrella made the assurance after Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II bared a plan to issue a look out bulletin against him and his co-respondents after he was quoted as having said in a press statement that he would go into hiding if a Department of Justice panel filed a case against him in court.
“We have strong faith in our justice system and our government institutions involved in the administration of justice. We are confident that we will be cleared after the DoJ sifts through the faulty complaint filed by the PDEA. We will not go into hiding, we will face our accusers in court if need be,” said Estrella.
Estrella and his men were charged in a complaint filed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in connection with the controversial 605-kilogram shabu shipment from China last May.
“Wala kaming kinalaman sa paglusot ng kargamento sa Customs, o kung paano nailagay yung shipment sa Green Lane kung saang wala nang inspection sa Customs. Kasama ang PDEA sa operasyon, nagbigay sila sa amin ng certificate of coordination that we are operating under them. Nakuha ang lahat ng shabu at inalagaan namin ang chain of evidence, at nahuli ang mga involved sa drugs shipment. Bakit, sa dulo, kaming mga nanghuli ang siya pang kakasuhan?”