Close  

Manila court resets arraignment of accused in P6.4-B shabu shipment

By: - Reporter / @JLeonenINQ
/ 11:44 AM April 06, 2018
National Bureau of Investigation personnel display hundreds of plastic bags containing kilos of shabu, part of a P5-billion shipment seized from a warehouse in Valenzuela City, on Friday based on a tip from Chinese authorities. —MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

National Bureau of Investigation personnel display hundreds of plastic bags containing kilos of shabu, part of a P6.4-billion shipment seized from a warehouse in Valenzuela City, on May 27, 2017, based on a tip from Chinese authorities. MARIANNE BERMUDEZ / Philippine Daily Inquirer file photo

The Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 46 on Friday rescheduled the arraignment of the accused in the controversial P6.4 billion shabu shipment case.

In a hearing, RTC Branch 46 Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa moved the arraignment to April 27. It was the second time that the arraignment was reset by the court.

ADVERTISEMENT

During the hearing, Judge Montesa allowed defense lawyers to file their motions for reconsideration after three of their motions—a motion to suppress evidence, a motion to quash the charges, and a motion to defer arraignment—were denied.

Only Mark Ruben Taguba II, a fixer at the Bureau of Customs, and Eirene May Tatad, the owner of EMT Trading, were the only accused present at the hearing.

FEATURED STORIES

The Department of Justice found probable cause to indict Taguba, Tatad and 10 others for violating RA 9165 or the  Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Aside from Taguba and Tatad, other respondents in the case are Li Guang Feng alias Manny Li, Dong Yi Shen Xi alias Kenneth Dong, Teejay Marcellana, Chen I-Min, Jhu Ming Jhyun, Richard Tan, Chen Rong Juan and three John Does.

Taguba and Tatad have been detained at the Manila City Jail since February following their surrender to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

It was Taguba who tapped Tatad’s trading company to serve as the importer or consignee of the shabu shipment from China.

Both Taguba and Tatad have maintained their innocence, stressing that they had no knowledge of the actual contents of the shipment when it passed through the Bureau of Customs’ (BOC) “express lane.”

Shipments that pass through the “express lane” are not subject to any x-ray check or inspection. This led to a series of congressional inquiries, which put the spotlight on the widely practiced “tara” or payola system at the BOC.    /muf

ADVERTISEMENT
Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: arraignment, Customs, Manila court, P6.4-B shabu smuggling
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.