Aquino still PDEA chief; Vacation leave filed prior to P6.8B ‘shabu’ issue
The chief of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) filed for a vacation leave “way before” the magnetic lifters were alleged to have contained P6.8 billion worth of shabu, Malacañang said on Friday.
Communications Assistant Secretary Ana Marie Banaag also said PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino did not file for resignation amid the controversy.
Banaag said Aquino had already filed for a vacation leave prior to President Rodrigo Duterte’s remark that the existence of shabu in the lifters was “speculative.”
“Yes, (he filed a leave) way before, because we had a meeting at the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) two weeks ago and then he already filed a leave for this week,” Banaag told reporters in a press briefing.
The PDEA chief recently left the country for a family vacation and a class reunion in the United States.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque also clarified earlier that Aquino’s leave was not connected to Duterte’s remarks that the shabu allegedly bypassed Customs authorities was “pure speculation.” /muf
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