Cop in drug ring exposé in NBI custody


A day after Police Officer 3 Alexander Saez publicly accused his fellow policemen of operating a drug syndicate right inside the Taguig City police station, he has just one thing on his mind: His family’s safety.

“I’m fine. I’m under the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). But I ask President Benigno Aquino III to please protect my family,” Saez told the Philippined Daily Inquirer in a phone interview Tuesday.

In a media forum the other day, he said that he was afraid for his life after he was charged with libel in connection with an affidavit he recently executed in which he accused his superior, Taguig police chief Senior Supt. Tomas Apolinario, and nine other policemen of engaging in “drug recycling” or  the reselling of confiscated illegal drugs to pushers in the city.

His exposé prompted National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina to form an investigating team to look into his allegations Tuesday.

In a letter to Espina two months ago, Saez said that when he was assigned as an investigator to the Taguig police station’s Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group from May to October last year, he took part in the “drug recycling activities” along with Apolinario, Senior Insp. Jerry Amindalan, SPO2 Ernesto Sanchez, Police Officers 3 Noel Antillon Jr., Christopher Bonifacio, Joseph More, Elric Valle, Jowel Briones, Marvin Zata-Has and PO1 Jerry Balbin.

He added that during that period, he and the others made at least P5 million, with his take totaling around P200,000.

Saez, who joined the Philippine National Police in 1997, said he was eventually bothered by his conscience and wrote Espina because it was “the only right thing to do as a police officer, soldier of Christ and citizen.”

Apolinario and the other policemen, however, dismissed Saez’s allegations as “malicious and defamatory.” They also described him as “a disgruntled police officer” in the libel case they filed against him in the Taguig City Prosecutor’s Office on Nov. 26.

They added that Saez was relieved from the team on Oct. 28, 2011, because he was “downgrading charges against suspects, unlawfully taking personal things during operations and falsifying the signatures of his superiors.”

But Saez denied he was acting out of “a personal grudge.” “What I say is true. I am not complaining, I am revealing information,” he said over the phone.

He added that he remained in active service with the Taguig police community precinct 11 and belied reports that he had been slapped a one-year suspension. According to him, he filed for a leave of absence on Nov. 26.

Espina, meanwhile, said that once the NCRPO receives a copy of Saez’s criminal complaint, it could be used as a basis for the conduct of administrative proceedings against Apolinario and his men.

“We will proceed objectively, factually, to ferret out the truth. I won’t allow anomalies but let us also not jump to conclusions. I want a fair trial,” he said in an interview.

“These are very serious allegations. We will have to dig deeper to see who is telling the truth,” he added in a statement.

An NBI official confirmed Tuesday that Saez was under the temporary custody of the bureau while it is investigating his complaint.

Lawyer Daniel Daganzo, head agent of the NBI Special Investigation Services, said the policemen sought protection from the bureau the other day.

“Saez is here and seeking protective custody, however, we are still assessing his case,” Daganzo said.

But he added that they have started looking into his allegations with subpoenas already sent out to those named in his affidavit, including Apolinario.

The NBI agent also said that Saez had turned over documents about the police syndicate to the bureau, including the supposed second police blotter.

Saez claimed that the police team maintained two blotters upon the order of Apolinario.

The first listed small cases while the other one contained records of crime cases, including drug-related incidents and reflected the real crime and order situation in Taguig, he added.

The second one was used to extort money from suspected drug dealers, he claimed.

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  • Noel

    This matter must not be ignored.  The Taguig Police Chief must now be relieved pending investigation.  Taguig Mayor Cayetano is also answerable.  

  • Karabukov

    Here is another case that points to what PNoy’s daang matuwid must accomplish: Laws that will protect whistleblowers and make it easier for them to prove their case and not stumble into administrative blocks that will only benefit the powerful, the corrupt and their vested interests.

    PNoy’s daang matuwid will be tested by cases such as this.

    The FOI bill is another one of these tests of sincerity on the part of President Aquino.

  • Josemakabayan

    It’s been known to netizens that some policemen are either in cahoots with the criminals or in the business of reselling drugs, and in accepting bribes, because how else can they support their families and several mistresses , and vices with their legitimate income???? Just a simple check of their lifestyle will unmask such person. So I wonder why they haven’t used this tool ????? Thank GOD at least one was bothered by his conscience and stood up to the shenanigans of his superiors and colleagues . To the government protect and support him and his family to make a dent to end these kind of kalokohan !!!!!!

  • tata_boy

    PMA graduate ba si Apolinario?

  • pedronimo

    Saez and his family should be protected by government. What he exposed are solid details and info that could not be considered hearsay as alleged by Apolinario. Taguig is run by the Cayetano dynasty and these politicians should be included in the investigation if only to pinpoint official irresponsibility.

  • nakatutok

    “NORMAL”na balita na ito..pulis na naman…

  • Magsasaka

    hindi na nakakapagtaka ito dahil yaong isang presinto nga din ay hindi ba puro magnanakaw ang pulis mula hepe hanggang sa pinakamababang rango.

    gradwets kasi ang mga iyan sa philippine crime university major in drug recyling kasi yong isang presinto ang major naman sa extortion


  • Pedro


  • Allan

    pag nabanggit ang pangalan ng cayetano, sasabihin nila demolition job.

  • Garo Ungaro

    a PO3 he knew what he is talking about…been long enough to know what is this allegation all about…the sad part is the politics of this allegation…hope the prosecutor will do the right thing…

  • DarkJustice

    Sa aking opinyon base sa sinabi ni Saez, nagkaroon ng problema sa hatian ng kita ang mga yan! Imposible na nakonsyensya kuno si Saez sa ginagawa nila, pera ang dahilan nyan sa pagsiwalat nya ng gawain nila.

  • charlie_oscar

    NBI kidnap and demand payment for release?

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