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PDEA intelligence chief, 15 charged with robbery before DOJ

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Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)

MANILA, Philippines—The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Thursday filed a criminal complaint against ranking officials of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for robbery with violence and intimidation.

In its complaint filed with the Department of Justice (DoJ), the NBI included as respondents PDEA’s Intelligence chief Zoilo Lachica Jr. and intelligence officers Marvin Mendoza, Jonathan Morales, Gregorio Camua, Virgilio Castillo II, Mark Anthony Omones, Laila Abad, Martin Francia, Alvin Morales, Dave James Curioso, Rodolfo Caisip Jr., Antonio Romero Jr., and Norman de la Cruz Daez. Also included in the complaint are civilians Ernesto Garcia Jr., Reynete de Isidro and Jonathan Gancuangco.

Former PDEA chief Jose Gutierrez Jr. has also been recommended by the NBI to be charged for violation of Presidential Decree 1829, or An Act Penalizing Obstruction of Apprehension and Prosecution of Criminal Offender, and Article 208 of the Revised Penal Code for Prosecution of Offenses; Negligence and Tolerance.

The NBI filed the case based on the complaint filed by Mark Sy Tan and his wife, Judy Tan.

The couple alleged that PDEA operatives arrested Mark on July 18, 2012 when he arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. However, the copy of the warrant was not shown to him. He said the PDEA operatives also told him that members of the media were waiting for him at a press conference.

Mark said he was brought to the Intelligence and Investigation Service (IIS), where they were met by Romero and other IIS operatives. He said Romero told him that he should give P50 million for his release.

Eventually, the amount was reduced to P8 million. The amount, based on the complaint, was deposited to a bank account that was later divided among the respondents.

The NBI, in its complaint, said the instruction was only for mere casing and surveillance. It said there was no spot report or progress report submitted regarding Mark’s arrest.


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  • Hunter421

    There is no point to having the PDEA, they are a completely corrupted agency. PDEA should be disbanded and a “Drug Enforcement Division” established at the NBI utilizing PDEA’s former budget.

  • http://twitter.com/fraud_invest Wei Koh

    Another rogue law enforcement bloke. Nice job, indict them all.

  • http://twitter.com/fraud_invest Wei Koh

    Grow pinoys!

  • opinyonlangpo

    This move is good, makes people of authority not to abuse their power in the future. At least this action by the NBI brings a little dignity to a corrupt agancy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UWISP2YXGDQ7K2SIX2GI37B2EI Darwin

    Abolish the PDEA and Dangerous Drugs Board and distribute their mandate to the PNP and NBI. Its exposed now that these agencies were made up just to serve the pockets of the few.

  • http://twitter.com/fraud_invest Wei Koh

    Even their Chief are crooks. These Monkeys needs Caning.

  • Juan_Sipag08

    Ang kakapal ng mge PDEA agents na ito, kung tutuo ang mga sinasabi ng NBI. Sino kaya sa law enforcement agency ang pwedeng pagkatiwalaan ng mga filipino. tsk tsk tsk

  • $26606290

    Payback is a biitch.

    Bakit kasi panay pulis pa ang nilagay nyo dyan.  Tinuloy lang ang ligaya….but this time with feelings.

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Napakaraming anti-drug authorities pero nagkalat pa rin ang droga sa bansa! Sa city may anti-drug unit din ang mga pulis pero imbis na kumunti o mawala ang problema ng droga sa kanilang nasasakupan lugar ay lalo pa yata dumadami……..may kilala ako na drug dealer noon (RIP na lang) at hindi siya kinukulong hanggat may pera siya ibinibigay sa mga humuhuli sa kanya pero nung wala ng maibigay ay tinuluyan na at binugbog pa ng husto……hanggang ngayon ay nangyayari pa din yan……..sino  pa ba ang dapat mo pagkatiwalaan kung ang authoridad na inaasahan mo makakatulong sumugpo sa mga krimen at ganito klase salot sa bayan ay sila pa mismo ang pikit mata mag-tolerate nito!

    • batangsulpok

      Nang panahon ni Lacson na siya ay PNP Chief ay nagpadala ako ng sulat sa kaniya na may shabu dealer sa katabing barangay pero walang nangyari, tuloy ang pagbenta kaya ang daming adik hanggang ngayon.

      • kalikasanipagtanggol

         hehehe malaki ang tiwala mo kay lacson ha!……

      • batangsulpok

        Akala ko ay tigasin siya nang mag-PNP Chief, yun pala ay palabas lang, nagpayaman din para maging senador.

      • 1Fz20

        binayaran nya ang pagiging senador para may immunity, remember kuratong? big time, $$ pa.

  • ODAPAIN

    same old problems with drug enforcement agents,they just gave it a new name,enforce death penalty on drug pushers to end this menace to our lives

  • killerelite

    San nga ba napupunta ang mga drugs na confiscate ng mga awtoridad? Binebenta cguro nila kaya ayun…umiikot lang ang drugs at hindi nalulutas problema.  Doon sa dati kong lugar… Tramo I / II Pque…may pulis pa doon na humahawak sa mga nagtutulak ng druga. kapag araw naman ng linggo pulis din may hawak ng pa tupada don.

  • sam_aquino

    PDEA is just another corrupt agency ..  

    it’s useless…  meron na ba nahuli na nasentensyahan mga yan???  panay huli (mostly set up nmn), tapos nakakalaya din…  kadalasan, nagkakalagayan kasi…

    ABOLISH PDEA…

  • ConstructiveMediaCritics

    HUMAN RIGHTS BASED POLICING IS THE BEST IN POLICING MATTERS….THE DOJ AND NBI HAS TO ABIDE THE HUMAN RIGHTS AND IMPOSED THE LAW AND CHARGES AGAINST ABUSIVE POLICE ENFORCERS…..

    TO ENTIRE GOVERNMENT SPECIALLY IN THE LINE OF POLICE AND ENTIRE ENFORCEMENTS SERVE THE LAW AND JUSTICE WITH HUMAN RIGHTS STRICTLY…. DO NOT ABUSE THE PEOPLE SERVE THEM AND TREAT THEM FAIRLY AND JUST IN ANY SUSPICIONS SERVING THE LAW FOR EVERYONE……..

    IN ENFORCING THE LAW THE SUSPECT MUST NOT BE ABUSED THEY ARE MAYBE INNOCENT OR GUILTY AND MUST BE FAIR IN TREATMENT FOR FAIR IMPLEMENTATION AND STANDARD PRACTICE OF LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE LAW AGAINST THE ABUSERS AND VIOLATORS MUST BE SERVED… THE STANDARD POLICING AND HUMAN RIGHTS MUST BE PRACTICE FOR FAIR APPREHENSIONS AND ACCUSATIONS OF SUSPECTS AND THERE IS NO ABUSE WILL HAPPEN UP TO SEVERE PENALTY OF THE ENFORCERS….THE GUILTY PERSON JUSTIFIED IN COURT HAS ALSO THEIR RIGHTS AS CRIMINALS WHAT IF THEY ARE IN PROCESS  AS JUST SUSPECTS WE DON’T KNOW IF THEY ARE GUILTY OR NOT AND THE STANDARD HUMAN RIGHTS POLICING ENFORCEMENT HAS TO SERVE…….

    THE WARRANTLESS ARREST IS COMMON POLICE ABUSES AND ENCOUNTERED IN APPREHENSIONS VERY EAGER IN PART OF POLICE OR TRULY ABUSE IN THE COUNTRY AND SUSPECT CAN NOT BE CHARGE FOR THAT BUT IF THERE IS MONEY TALK IT IS A CLEAR SET-UP AND ABUSES AND EXTORTIONING THE SUSPECTS FOR FREEDOM IN EXCHANGE FOR HIS CRIMES……… 

    BASED ON THE STORY GIVEN I HOPE IT IS TRUE AT THE BEST OF THE COLUMNIST AND MY OPINION AND VOICE FOR THE OUR SOCIETY AND GOVERNMENT AND CONCERN FOR GOOD BEING EXPRESS IN BASIS OF TRUE NEWS I READ AND EXPRESS MY SIDE AND VOICE….ACCORDING TO THE STORY THERE IS NO WARRANT OF ARREST AND IT IS A VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS THE ENGAGEMENT OR APPREHENSION OF THE SUSPECT ARE ILLEGAL OR UN-LEGAL AND ABUSIVE IN NATURE AND THE ENFORCERS MUST BE CHARGE CASE FOR THAT…..

    WE HOPE THE ENFORCERS DO THE RIGHTS AND JUST AND CLEAR IN POLICING OF ENFORCEMENT FOR THEY ARE NOT BEING ADDED TO THE CRIMES TO RESOLVE…..  

    ON MY SIMPLE VOICE TO THE GOVERNMENT AS MY PREVIOUS POSTS IN THIS WEBSITES, THE GOVERNMENT HAS TO FIRST CLEAN THE GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION FROM HEIRARCHY TO ROOT LEVEL, THE POLICE FORCE, THE ENFORCEMENT AND OFFICIALS ETC CONTINUESLY AND OUST AND JAIL THE ABUSERS IN THE GOVERNMENT LIKE THE CAMPAIGN OF PRESIDENT AGAINST CORRUPTIONS AND WANG-WANG AND ALL THE ABUSES FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE AND THE GOVERNMENT WHO WILL ENFORCE ARE GOOD AND SURELY NOT ABUSERS, CLEANING GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS CONTINUESLY IS THE BEST IN PEACE IN ORDER ESTABLISHING THE LAW AND SUPPRESSION’S BASED ON OUR SOCIAL SYSTEM ON THEIR STATUS…

    AND SECONDLY THE COMMON CRIMINALS ORGANIZED OR NOT IN THE SOCIETY SUPPRESS THEM ALL WITH HUMAN RIGHTS BASED POLICING OR ENFORCEMENTS TO HAVE PEACEFUL SOCIETY…

    AND THIRD ON THE INSURGENCY EMPOWER THE OPPAP PEACE TABLE IN THE GOVERNMENT AND KEEP PEACE TALK WITH AND CREATE AND FORMULATE BETTER FRAMEWORK AS GOOD SOLUTIONS FOR TO END WAR AS THE MILF AND GPH AGREEMENT NOW, KEEP PEACE TO THEM NOT VIOLENT SUPPRESSION’S FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE…….

    PROTECT AND PROMOTE HUMAN RIGHTS …..

    GOD AND JESUS AND MOTHER MARY LIGHTS, LIGHTS AND MIRACLES BLESS AND LOVE YOU ALL….

    • fiveoclock

      ang haba naman ng comment mo….

  • manongcastro

    PDEA just duplicates the work of PNP’s AIDSOTF (Anti illegal drug special operations task force). AIDSOTF actually does the legwork and is a nationwide unit similar to PNP’s CIDG and HPG (PNP units). 

    It just so happens na walang mapuntahan iyung mga PMAers after retirement from service kaya ex Pres corrupt Arroyo created an office for them called PDEA. Remember, since Arroyo didn’t have the mandate and trust of the people, she courted the AFP generals (para di sya ma-coup).

    Again, may pattern – PMAer, PDEA, corrupt. How sad. 

    PDEA chiefs:

    Avenido – PMA ’67 (first PDEA director)
    Santiago – PMA ’70
    Gutierrez – PMA ’73
    Cacdac- PMA ’78 (current)

    • batangsulpok

      Kung bubusisiin ang lifestyle nila, siguradong mga milyonaryo lahat yan pero nang pumasok sa PMA ay mahirap, kaya nag-kadete ay di kayang pag-aralin ng mga magulang.

  • ryan andres

    PDEA at PNP pugad ng kurakot…

    …pero…kung hindi ka guilty…bakit ka magbabayad ng 8 million…?

    • generalproblem

      eh kung patayin ka gusto mo ba yun. sino ang di matatakot sa taong legal na pwedeng magdala ng baril. sasabihin lang nila inagawan mo sila ng baril di tapos na ang usapan. sa maniwala ka sa hindi mas safe kapa sa mga professional na holdaper dahil hindi sila pumapatay kesa sa pulis na trigger happy. minsan na akong naholdap ng mga professional na holdaper at sila eh nakiusap pera at alahas lang ang kailagan nila. yung isa nagmakaawa na kung pwede wag na syang isama at uuwi sya ng probinsaya dahil anak nya namatay abah eh hindi na siya kiununan nag abuloy pa ang walanghiya. pag pulis nangholdap sayo napukpok kapa ng baril

  • geminimind

    There was an article few weeks ago entitled Coast Guard train sniffer dogs for PDEA and I suggested that the tile should be COAST GUARD TO TRAIN DOGS TO SNIFF ON PDEA.I was right all along.

  • barada69

    Shame, shame, shame….PNP, PDEA, ????, how could you trust any law enforcement agency in the Philippines? The people that are entrusted to implement the law are the same people who are breaking it with impunity, The national government should start reprogramming these people, behavioral, moral……just anything, or hire law enforcement people from New Zealand, most honest country in the world.

    • sam_aquino

      palagay ko, tama ka…  

      dapat ata taga ibang lugar na mamuno sa kapulisan natin, para lang luminis ang sistema…  ilang palit na namuno dito, lahat may sariling agenda – ang magpayaman…

    • 711sense

      Don’t forget, the NBI does it too and we could also add the BOC, BUCOR, BIR, etc…

      • Garo Ungaro

        two thing either do it legally or illegal…both ways good for them…police power is money….any government agency…u make ur living with POWER…legally or illegal…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UQXLAHQCCIEO3WMCTNZSWIE3AI Lagotka

    What else is new with the bad guys at the PNP and PDEA. Hindi ba lahat ng mga iyan puros corrupt? Wala namang matino sa mg iyan eh!

  • kayanatwo

    15nov2012

    nobody asked me, but…..our country’s dept. of tourism should now be concern about “how can a potential tourist” is going to react and applying it to his / her own safety in visiting  our neighborhood when the PNP and PDEA personnel are the same people and the perpetrators.

    it is really becoming “more fun to visit philippines”.

  • $14334231

    the enforcers of the law of our land….. so abusive, so money hungry, so shameless, so pitiful, so sad….is there no more decency left from our protectors?????….

    • Garo Ungaro

      money….money….money…

  • 1Fz20

    ANIMALS

  • 711sense

    Looks like the truth is startig to come up with the crooks at PDEA. Malacanang fired the wrong man to try to cover for the behaviour of their friends. Let’s all watch how this case will go along.

  • jeffrey_01

    Kailangan matutukan natin.  Baka magalaho ang kaso,.

  • pedronimo

    Bakit kaya sa laki ng mga nahuhuthot na pera ng mga iyan, hindi macontenti sa buhay. Now their families will not receive their retirement benefits. All because of greed.

  • bautistaro

    PDEA the most corrrrr????rupt….agency that aAARROYO GENE
    RALS piggy. bank…shame on you

    • jaygibi

      mga generals na ni abnoy yan kaibigan.. utak wangwang ka rin..

  • sacrebleau

    Worse than criminals.

    • nti_boohaya

      or is it criminals of the worse kind?

      • sacrebleau

        Yes, that was exactly what I wanted to say. Thanks.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/55XNXOYBNF6BG3EWOM5V4YMWXM Pedro

    NAKU!  DAMING  LILINISIN  NG  DOJ!  GRABENG CORRUPTION NA ITO!   PERO, CONGRATULATIONS  PA RIN SA  NBI  AT  KAY  DOJ  SEC  LEILA DE LIMA.  TANONG  KO  LANG PO  KAY  DOJ SEC  DE LIMA,  PAPANO  PO  BA  ANG GINAGAWANG  SCREENING  PROCESS PARA MAGING PDEA AGENT?  MUKHANG NAKAKALUSOT  ANG  MGA  NOT QUALIFIED  AND  NOTORIOUSLY  CORRUPT !

    Lastly, my suggestion to President Noynoy: Why not try getting a GOOD AND CLEAN PRACTICING LAWYER RECOMMENDED BY RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS AND THE VACC TO BE THE PDEA CHIEF INSTEAD OF GETTING RETIRED AFP OR PNP GENERALS? SUBUKAN NAMAN NATIN ITO! FAILURES LAHAT NG MGA PDEA CHIEFS FROM THE AFP AND PNP! NILAMON DIN SILA NG BULOK NA SISTEMA !

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QZZKXPEA67I7HELEIYM35QVYFA Jon

    Ito yung sinasabi ni Tulfo na onsehan ng mga ahente ng PDEA kaya nagkasahan sa loob ng opisina.
    Saan napunta yung pera?
    Di kaya may katotohanan yung sinabi din ni Tulfo na ginawang pambayad sa utang sa casino ng asawa ni Gutierrez?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TIT34ELDKHVXAQ3PBGINLIBEAQ vender

    May nakasuhan na so dapat na lang maconvict para ang chilling effect ay maging effective

  • arao_liwanag

    Finally!  However, how far the NBI will go?  Can they go after the Military and Police who do the same thing? This kind of modus operandei is rampant in these two armed services. This operation was perfected during the time of Marcos and some Military guys continue to do it.

  • arao_liwanag

    The charges should not be just robbery, they have to throw the whole book upon them to demonstrate that the gov. is serious. Most importantly, the enforcement of the law should not be selective, as in the case of Llamas illegal position of high powered firearms. Was it whitewashed???

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Ex PDEA Chief Gutierrez should have been included in the charge for robbery with violence and intimidation.  Why will he be charged of obstruction only?  Why?

    By this time, some of these charged are already out of the country!

    Ang bagal ninyo!

  • tukmoldinako

    WELL PALAKPAKAN NAMAN NATIN ANG MGA NBI KASAMA NG DOJ SA PAGSAMPA NG KASO SA MGA PEDEANG MGA HULIDAP. HE HE HE

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/55XNXOYBNF6BG3EWOM5V4YMWXM Pedro

    I believe credit should be given again to Mon Tulfo  who made the expose. Kung hindi kay Mon Tulfo, ang katiwalian na ito  ay naitago na sana  ng mga corrupt. . .Mabuhay ka Mon Tulfo

  • anu12345

    “PDEA intelligence chief, 15 charged with robbery before DOJ”

    Impossible. Not in our country. (I meant the robbery)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_44QGTQXFYHNVPNMX453LWBPMXM Opel

    d@MN, parang alligator farm na mga law enforcement agencies natin. marami ng buaya na naka uniporme.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lolo.mo.73997 Lolo Mo

    PDEA is infiltrated by drug lords. Mark my words. The best thing is for the President to start a new. Terminate everyone but keep the records. Then recruit from promising and intelligent scholars (student). Groom them to be the next PDEA agent. This will take so much time and effort. but we have to do it. Isolate these new recruit so that they will not be influence by the senior PDEA kingpin. That agency should be above suspicion. Other wise, sayang ang mulit-million pesos na budget niyan. Worst, these money are un-audited because it is use to lure and to make entrapment   Agents sometimes travel abroad to make contacts. He he he. Para bang James Bond. Sarap nila, sky is the limit ang per diem. All in credit card like American Express and the other high end cards. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CAWLT6SE3IC36RTDVRUIDWO364 Dag Erickson

    Gutierrez has the biggest CUT!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GVANQHP6VJ2MSGAJB46GUUNISE Jozz

    Ikulong mga yan!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ITN3RZOUSPKRVQ6FCGJDOK3JYQ Joker

    Main reason kung bakit hirap at di makaahon sa kahirapan ang ating bansa ay sa kadahilanang wala ng tiwala at respeto and karamihan sa atin sa ating pamahalaan. These PDEA operatives typifies or best exemplify the rottent to the core governance and/or public service. In this respect, kanya-kanya na lang ang mga pinoy. Pagsasamantala kaliwa’t kanan. It is not encouraging to pay the right amount of tax to a government, whom you do not trust.

    In order to significantly win back people’s trust is for the executive branches to be sensitive with the pulse of the “masa”. How? Put these high profile violators to jail while investigation is ongoing. Magpa-impress naman kayo para kami makumbinsi that indeed you mean serious business. Anything less is sheer incompetence.

    “Bato-bato sa langit ang tamaan wag sanang magagalit”. PDEA – Palitan Dapat Etong mga Abusada.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NMM3BZ5SAKNWSIDYG3BSIOFNKY Stephen

    Wala talagang mapili sa Pinas, PDEA, NBI, Politicians….poro bolok. When will Pinoys ever learn? It’s fun in Pinas…



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