MANILA The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will follow up on the Senate investigation on the PHP11billion drug smuggling into the country spirited inside industrial magnetic lifters, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Tuesday.
"I have referred the senate blue ribbon committee report on the drug smuggling incident through magnetic lifters to the NBI for evaluation (and) further investigation if necessary and (the) filing of appropriate criminal complaints if warranted," Guevarra said.
In its complaint before the Department of Justice (DoJ), the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has named former PDEA deputy director for administration Ismael Fajardo and former Senior Supt. Eduardo Acierto as criminally liable.
The PDEA added that Customs intelligence officer Jimmy Guban will be held liable for his part in the transactions.
The respondents were charged for violation of the provisions of Republic Act (RA) No. 9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 , particularly Section 4 (Importation of Dangerous Drugs) ; Section 5 in relation to Section 26 (Attempt or Conspiracy); and Section 32 (Liability to a Person Violating any Regulation Issued by the Board) in relation to Section 30 (Criminal Liability of Officers).
The respondents were also charged with violation of Presidential Decree 1827 (Penalizing Obstruction of Apprehension and Prosecution of Criminal Offenders); Article 208 of the Revised Penal Code, which penalizes any public officer who fails to initiate the prosecution of criminal offenders, as well as those tolerating the commission of offenses; and the provisions of RA 3019 or the AntiGraft and Corrupt Practices Act.
Aside from Acierto, Fajardo, Guban, also named respondents in the complaint were Police Insp. Lito Pirote, and Joseph Dimayuga, as principals.
Also included as respondents were private individuals namely Chan Yee Wah, Emily Daprosa Luquingan, Vedastro Cabral Baraquel Jr., Maria Lagrimas Abelgas Catipan, Alex B. Padlan, Zhauq Quan/Zhang Quan, Gorgonio V. Necessario, Myra C. Tan, Terence L. Uytingban, Avelino S. Tendera and entities SN Logistics and Ben Line Agencies Philippines for the magnetic lifters found in MICP.
PDEA also filed cases against entities and personalities being linked to the magnetic lifters found in General Mariano Alvarez, Cavite.
Among them are Nonito Estorninos Jr.,Li Jie of He Zhong Consultancy Co., Inc.; Ramon Tuyay, John Leric Olavario, Maribeth Olavario, Minerva Verso, and ChungChun Hsu of Red Day Machinery Parts Corp.; Le Thi Thuy, Luu Thi Thu Huong, Kan Yi Hong of Yida Equipment Crane Limited Company; Du Quoc Duong of Dong Trieu Trading and Import/Export Service Trading Company Limited;
Chen Wei Cheng, Ping Cheung Fung, Roy Wang, Roy and two others from All Systems Logistics, Inc. who have yet to be identified; Marina de la Cruz Signapan, Alexander Dames, Katrina Cuasay and Miguella Santos of SMYD Trading; and customs officials and officerslawyer Zsae Carrie de Guzman, head, XRay Inspection Project; Benjamin Cajucom, shift supervisor, XRay Inspection Project; Manuel Martinez, operator, XRay Inspection Project; Dolores Domingo, appraiser; and seven others identified only through their aliases.(PNA)
Source: Philippine News Agency