The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) denied being the source of the drug matrix that President Rodrigo Duterte recently made public.
PDEA Dir. Gen. Aaron Aquino further admitted that they do not know which intelligence agency provided the matrix, which implicated former and incumbent Philippine National Police officials to the illegal drug trade.
While the information did not come from them, Aquino backed the matrix revealed by the President since PDEA has also gathered reports that the said officials have been involved in the proliferation of illegal drugs in the Philippines, including the smuggling of Php 6.8 million of crystallized methamphetamine, also known as shabu, by placing them inside magnetic lifters.
“Hindi ko alam, ma-sigurado kung aling ahensya nagbigay ng drug link na iyan but again, kung ano ang sabihin ng Presidente at tunay naman na talagang involved ang mga tao na ito, ay sumasaayon kami sa drug link na iyan,” Aquino said during DZRH’s Isyu.
The officials named in the new drug matrix include former S/Supt. Eduardo Acierto, S/Supt. Leonardo Suan, former Supt. Ismael Fajardo, Supt. Lorenzo Bacia, Insp. Lito Pirote, Insp. Condrado Caragdag, and SPO4 Alejandro Liwanag
Among these officials, Fajardo also served as deputy director general for administration of PDEA before facing dismissal on September 17 due to his alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade.
Aquino said the group had connections with international illegal drug syndicates.
“They can readily order drugs internationally para mai-smuggle papasok just like what happened, sa tingin namin, dito sa nangyari sa magnetic lifters,” Aquino revealed.
The PDEA chief said that he has an ongoing investigation and lifestyle check against Fajardo, and might file charges against his former deputy.
Aquino also said that he will meet next week with PNP officials in order to discuss the aforementioned matrix and other police officials implicated in the illegal drug trade.