Guban transferred to Department of Justice

Richard Gordon

THE Senate Blue Ribbon Committee headed by Senator Richard Gordon has turned over former Bureau of Customs intelligence agent Jimmy Guban to the Department of Justice which will place him under the Witness Protection Program (WPP).

Gordon said that the DoJ has approved Guban’s application for inclusion in the WPP as a state witness.

During the latest inquiry of the Blue Ribbon Committee on the shabu shipment which was now pegged at P11 billion, Gordon concluded that the country is “under siege” by illegal drugs syndicates.

In the hearing, Gordon said he suspects Guban, former PNP Sr. Supt. Eduardo Acierto and sacked Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency deputy director Ismael Fajardo belonged to an international drug syndicate.

“Yun naman ang suspetsa natin from the very beginning, that Guban, Acierto and Fajardo are the ones who did it,” Gordon said.

The senator also revealed that Fajardo ordered a surveillance operation that covers a wide area from July 11 to 18, the date when the shabu was shipped out of the Port of Manila.

“Gumawa ng gimik si Fajardo. Nagpalabas siya ng mga tao covering wide area at ang sabi hinahanap nila ang...that was the time na lumabas ang goods sa Cavite so ang tingin ko dun, nag-eescort sila,” Gordon stressed.

Gordon asked President Rodrigo Duterte to come out with a detailed order or activity for the military to fight what he calls “deep smuggling operations”.

“Ang hinihingi ko lang kay Presidente, idetalye kung ano gagawin ng mga sundalo, di naman pwedeng gagawa ang mga sundalo na mag-a-assessment at di naman pwedeng magagalaw ang mga civil service,” he said.

Former Bureau of Customs chief Isidro Lapena and Acierto were not present during the hearing despite repeated invitations by Gordon and assurance from Guban that the latter is willing to help in the investigation.

The next hearing on the shabu shipment case is scheduled on November 22.