DoJ Urges Strong Case Against Policemen in Shabu Haul

Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla
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Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla has instructed prosecutors to act swiftly but fairly in the case buildup against police officials implicated in a major drug haul in Manila in 2022. The haul involved 990 kilograms of methamphetamine hydrochloride, commonly known as “shabu,” and was seized during a drug-bust operation.

In a clarificatory meeting held on February 15, the Department of Justice (DoJ) panel of prosecutors and members of the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) discussed additional complaints against certain individuals involved in the anti-illegal drugs operation conducted in October 2022. This meeting was in accordance with Department Circular 20, which directs prosecutors to play an active role in investigating crimes and collaborating with complainants and law enforcement agencies to determine if a crime has been committed or if there is sufficient evidence for a conviction.

During the meeting, prosecutors and PNP officials aimed to develop solid cases against individuals linked to irregularities during the anti-illegal drugs operation. One of the key figures involved is former police master sergeant Rodolfo Mayo Jr., who was arrested in connection with the drug haul.

Secretary Remulla emphasized the importance of close collaboration between the panel and law enforcement agencies, urging them to thoroughly examine all evidence to ensure a strong case. He highlighted the role of the DoJ as the prosecution arm of the government, emphasizing the need to uphold the rule of law efficiently and expeditiously while maintaining truth, fairness, and justice.

The drug haul, consisting of 990 kilograms of shabu, was seized from Mayo during a series of drug operations in Manila from October 8 to 9, 2022. It stands as one of the largest drug seizures in the country’s history. Mayo was previously an intelligence officer for the PNP Drug Enforcement Group (DEG) before his dismissal.

Based on testimonies from various individuals and other evidence, including videos, a fact-finding board created to investigate the case revealed a significant attempt by police officials to cover up Mayo’s arrest and pilfer 42 kilograms of the seized shabu.

Subsequently, criminal charges were filed against 50 police officials before the Office of the Ombudsman on June 9. These charges include violations of several laws, such as the “Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act,” the “Dangerous Drugs Act,” and the “Revised Penal Code.” Former PNP deputy chief for operations LtGen. Benjamin Santos, former PNP-DEG chief BGen. Narciso Domingo, and PNP-DEG Region 4A chief Col. Julian Olonan were among the respondents named in the charge sheet.

The collaboration between the DoJ and the PNP in this case demonstrates their commitment to upholding the rule of law and ensuring the safety and well-being of the Filipino people.

In conclusion, Justice Secretary Remulla’s directive to prosecutors to act swiftly but fairly in the case buildup against police officials implicated in the drug haul highlights the government’s determination to address drug-related crimes effectively. The collaboration between the DoJ and the PNP signifies their commitment to upholding justice and maintaining the rule of law in the country.

Source: The Manila Times

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