NBI: No proof politics behind policeman’s drug ring exposé


An official of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Tuesday said that based on the documents provided to them by a supposed whistle-blower, they have yet to find proof that politics was behind his exposé.

“We did not find any link to any political clan in the city,”  Renoir Baldovino, acting chief of the NBI antigraft division, told the Inquirer after he was asked whether the allegations made by PO3 Alexander Saez was connected to next year’s elections.

He also said that so far, they have no proof that members of a prominent political clan in Taguig were involved in the drug trade.

Earlier, one of the Taguig City police officials Saez had accused of being involved in “drug recycling” or the reselling of illegal drugs seized during operations branded the allegations against him and his men as “the handiwork of a drug syndicate.”

In a statement, Taguig police chief Senior Supt. Tomas Apolinario Jr. 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.”

Reports have linked her to the Tiñgas in Taguig City, prompting Rep. Freddie Tiñga to brand these as part of a smear campaign against him and his family.

Baldovino, meanwhile, said that they have started looking into Saez’s allegations against Apolinario and several other policemen.  He added that they would subpoena Apolinario to allow him to respond to the charges against him.

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

    With all due respect  to the NBI, medyo  MABAGAL  po yata  ang  takbo  ng  inyong  imbestigasyon  dito !  More than 1 week  na  po  ang  issue  na ito, pero  ngayon  nyo  lang  pala  ipapatawag  yung  chief  of  police  ng Taguig  para  magpaliwanag. . .

  • Garo Ungaro

    even the clear and clean road…sometimes drivers still avoided the unforseen pot hole…”baka may masagasaan”…

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    It is always spotless when you use Mr.Clean.

  • kilabot

    no politics, just politicians behind the drug syndicate.

  • Albert Einstien

    kung nag-TUTURUAN ang KAMPO ng TINGA at CAYETANO kung sino ang INVOLVED sa DRUGS….Ilumalabas kung paniniwalaan ang DALAWANG KAMPO….pareho silang involved….ayaw pa nilang DIRETSAHIN…  sana me TUMAKBONG ibang POLITIKO yun walang bahid jan sa TAGUIG….para wala na TURUAN kung sino ang INVOLVED sa DROGA….pati mga BATA  at maliit na BUSINESS establishments jan hinohold-up at binabaril grabe ang kriminalidad jan…….me DROGA pa pala..

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