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Drug gangs after me, says Taguig top cop

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Embattled Taguig police chief Senior Supt. Tomas Apolinario Jr. said Wednesday that the allegations made by his former subordinate against him and his men were “nothing but the handiwork of illegal drug syndicates.”

In a statement, Apolinario said he and members of the police station’s antinarcotics team “began to earn the ire of local syndicates” when they arrested Elisa Tiñga, whom he described as a “big fish” and a “prominent member of the notorious Tiñga drug syndicate.”

“Elisa is the eighth member of the Tiñga drug syndicate to be identified by authorities. The others are Noel, Joel, Fernando, Allan Carlos, Alberto, Bernardo and Hector Tiñga,” he added.

Apolinario said that Police Officer 3 Alexander Saez had a “wide knowledge” of the problem on illegal drugs in Taguig as he had been a member of the city police station’s anti-illegal drugs special operations task group since 2004.

“Taguig PNP [Philippine National Police] records show that he began to hold drug-related cases as an investigator for the local police in 2006. In fact, he is the one who personally brings the confiscated ‘shabu’ and shabu paraphernalia to the PNP Crime Laboratory,” he added.

“If there is a person who would know how to recycle evidence, especially shabu, in this particular modus operandi, then Saez would be the one who has that experience,” he claimed.

In a news forum on Monday, Saez accused Apolinario and nine other members of the Taguig police of being involved in “drug recycling,” or the reselling of illegal drugs seized during operations.

But despite the serious allegations, the Taguig police chief will remain at his post, at least for now.

Director Leonardo Espina, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief, said he was still waiting for the recommendation of the special investigating team he created to look into Saez’s allegations before deciding whether Apolinario should be temporarily relieved.

“Like what state prosecutors do, there should be a finding of probable cause first during the precharge investigation before a relief order could be issued [against Apolinario and his men]. We are just observing due process in this case,” Espina told the Inquirer over the phone.

He said he was expecting the special investigating team led by Chief Supt. Sonny David, NCRPO deputy chief for administration, to submit its report to him within a week.

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome also directed Espina to order Apolinario’s administrative relief only “upon the finding of probable cause by the special investigating body.”—With Jaymee T. Gamil


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Tags: Crime , Illegal drugs , Philippines - Metro , Police , Taguig , Tomas Apolinario Jr.


  • nti_boohaya

    “If there is a person who would know how to recycle evidence, especially shabu, in this particular modus operandi, then Saez would be the one who has that experience,” Apolinario claimed.  Seeeer, that’s why Saez is telling the whole world what he knows.  Given the seriousness of the allegation, Mr. Espina, isn’t that a probable cause?  Di na bago ang ganitong moduss- pulis nakahuli ng 1 kilo, tinago ang 3/4, prinisenta ang 1/4, pinabenta sa mga hawak na tulak e di may pang SUV o mansion na si sir pulis. Kung talagang sinsero ka sir Espina, di ba kaya nararapat na lifestyle check at drug test ay kasapi sa SOP ninyo na puro probe at sibak sa posisyon?  Sana may mangyayari dito dahil mista mista ang naakusahan.  

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

    REPLACE  THE  ENTIRE  TAGUIG  CITY  POLICE  FORCE ! THE WELFARE  OF THE  PEOPLE  OF  TAGUIG  IS  MORE  IMPORTANT THAN  THE  RIGHTS  OF  CORRUPT  POLICEMEN !!

  • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

    kulungin sila lahat..addict, pusher at yang mga lespu na yan..nagtuturuan e

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Mas nakakatakot yata yung i-implicate mo yung hepe mo at marami pa mga pulis na kasamahan mo sa katiwalian kung hindi ito totoo dahil ang balik nito ay matindi at maaari pamilya mo ay madamay pa……Gen. Espina hindi pa pala nari-relieve itong si hepe at mayabang pa sinabi sa isang media na siya pa rin daw ang hepe ng taguig pero nag-umpisa na daw ang imbestigasyon…..sino ba ang nagsisinungaling Gen. Espina? parang sinasabi ni apolinario yata na walang katotohanan ang sinabi niyo kahapon na na-relieve na sila!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/X7JZFN52AN5ZAGDMO4NHQ5KCRM newname

    paano naman kasi walang kasing sama naman ang implimentasyon ng batas walang nakulong na permanente nakakapyansa. Kailangan na talaga na baguhin na ang batas ng Pinas kasi para sa masaya pa ang mga tiwali kaysa naging totoong biktima. Ang korte one-sided pro kriminal hindi pro victim. Dapat palitan na ang nasa korte kung kailangan ng Pinas na totoong demokratikong gobyerno. Nakapatay na hihingian pa ng pahayag alam na ng lahat ng tao na nakapatay bibigyan pa ng panahon na makapyansa! Kulang na lang pakawalan. Nakapatay na nga parang ayawng hatulan….kagaya na lang ng Ampatuan…halos ubos na ang pinansyal ng mga biktima. Kaya sa katagalan wala nang maniniwala sa gobyerno, sa korte suprema…buti pa mag hire na lang tayo ng iba korte sa ibang bansa kaysa sa korte suprema na sa katagalan wla nang witness na magpapakita…..pro killer,pro magnanakaw at hindi ginagawa ang kanilang trabaho kaya palitan na lahat lalu na ang mga matatanda na diyan na wala namang nagawang naresolve,

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H47CPJUE4QYKFUCKSUXK3LNBGI Allan

    due process: relieve the top cop first so an impartial investigation can proceed.

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

    MAYOR, VICE-MAYOR, COUNCILORS  NG  TAGUIG  CITY, ANO BA GINAGAWA  NYO ?? ASAN  NA  KAYO ? GUMISING  NA  KAYO. . . ANG  HIMBING  NG TULOG NYO !!

  • Garo Ungaro

    allegation is a probable cause for administrative leave so, as not taint and influence an investigations. thats the due process if found out thats there is a need for further investigation …then proper case must be filed…but if found not true…then he can go back or depend on the superior or the rules and regulation on this allegation…this is a very serious allegation…nobody n his right mind will make this kind of allegation…appears this policeman knows a lot about this allegation…hope the law protects this policeman…he cross the line for the good of the people of taguig city …he maybe a mark man..at this time…he did this maybe for his belief of what is right..and his good conscience…SALUDO!…sir

  • tata_boy

    balasahin ang mga pulis at ang pamunuan sa taguig at itapon ang mga pulis sa mindanao.

  • juan_nagtataka

    mga utak kriminal talaga

  • Sandouk

    Not only in Taguig police station w/c had happened. It’s common in all police station. That’s why drugs could not be eradicated completely, as it down to the roots due police itself involved.



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