PDEA officers charged for alleged bribery of drug suspect

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 16 2012 02:15 PM | Updated as of Nov 17 2012 06:57 AM

MANILA - Criminal charges were filed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Thursday against a ranking official and several officers of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in connection with the alleged bribery of an alleged drug dealer.

Robbery with violence and intimidation charges were filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against PDEA’s Intelligence chief Zoilo Lachica Jr., Intelligence Officers Marvin Mendoza, Jonathan Morales, Gregorio Camua, Virgilio Castillo II, Mark Anthony Omones, Laila Abad, Martin Francia, Alvin Morales, Dave James Curioso, Rodolfo Caisip Jr., Antonio Romero Jr., and Norman de la Cruz Daez. Also included in the complaint are civilians Ernesto Garcia jr., Reynete De Isidro and Jonathan Gancuangco.

The case stemmed from a complaint by Mark Sy Tan and his wife, Judy, who both alleged that PDEA operatives arrested Mark on July 18 upon his arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). The Tans claimed that he was not shown a copy of the supposed arrest warrant.

Tan claimed he was brought to the Intelligence and Investigation Service (IIS) where they were met by Romero and other IIS operatives. He said Romero demanded P50 million in exchange for his release, an amount eventually reduced to P8 million.

The complaint stated that the P8 million was deposited to a bank account and later divided among respondents.

The complaint also pointed out that the instruction for the PDEA operatives was only for "casing and surveillance." The complaint also stated that no spot report was submitted by the operatives on Mark's arrest.