Ex-chief to PDEA officials: Resign now

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 19 2012 01:04 AM | Updated as of Sep 19 2012 09:41 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Former Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Dionisio Santiago hinted that more anomalies will be revealed in the agency, following allegations of irregularity and other issues involving PDEA officials.

Santiago, without naming names, said officials involved in the alleged anomalies should resign now before they are investigated.

“Dapat mag-pack up na sila ng bags nila dahil tatamaan sila ng imbestigasyon,” he said.

Santiago's statements came after Carlos Gadapan, PDEA’s deputy director general, accused PDEA Director General Jose Gutierrez of corruption, irregularity and other issues like his wife's alleged gambling addiction.

Gadapan made the allegations after he was fired by President Aquino due to “loss of confidence.”

Gutierrez, meanwhile, has denied the allegations, but said he is willing to resign if the President no longer has confidence in him.

“I am a political appointee, so I am going out of the agency without any side comments,” said Gutierrez.

He also denied allegations that he lobbied for Gadapan’s removal from office.

Gutierrez called on Gadapan to stop giving statements to media during the investigation because it is damaging the image of the agency. -- Reports from Jenny Reyes and Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News