PNP to ex-cop Acierto: File complaint on alleged death threats
MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Col. Bernard Banac on Tuesday urged dismissed policeman Eduardo Acierto to file a formal complaint on supposed threats to his life.
“Tungkol naman sa banta sa buhay niya, ni Col. Acierto, well ang masasabi natin, sana maipahayag niya ito, magsumite ng pormal na complaint nang sa gayon ay matugunan natin kung meron ba talagang banta sa kanyang buhay at makapagsumite siya ng kanyang affidavit at magkaroon ng investigation kung saan ito nanggagaling,” Banac said in a press conference.
Acierto on Sunday surfaced and met with select reporters. He claimed having submitted to the PNP and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) reports on the alleged link to illegal drugs of Michael Yang, the economic adviser of President Rodrigo Duterte, and another Chinese national identified as Allan Lim.
Acierto has been in hiding since October 2018, when he was implicated in the P11 billion worth of allegedly smuggled shabu shipped last July. He also claimed that there is a P15 million bounty on his head.
Banac said that anyone who needs protection should just come forward and report these threats to police.
“Kailangan muna talagang lumapit at magbigay ng pahayag (He really should come forward first and give his statement),” he said.
Asked whether the PNP will investigate Yang’s alleged link to drugs, Banac said Malacañang has already cleared Yang of alleged involvement in illegal drugs.
“Sa ngayon nagkaroon na ng pahayag na wala namang kaugnayan ‘yung naturang tao sa illegal drugs, otherwise nagkaroon na ng investigation at napabilang na ito sa listahan ng mga personalidad na involved sa illegal drugs. So sa ngayon ay lumalabas na wala naman, cleared naman,”
(There was a statement saying that Yang has no link to illegal drugs, otherwise there should have been an investigation and he was included in the list of personalities involved in illegal drugs. As of now, it appears that he is cleared of involvement in drugs.)
Asked further it the PNP was just basing its statement on Yang from the claim of the Palace, Banac said the statement of Malacañang and the PNP are one and the same. /muf
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