Palace beat reporter faces arrest for drug case

from a report by Gus Abelgas, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 14 2012 10:27 PM | Updated as of Mar 15 2012 06:27 AM

Police: Drug syndicate member behind attack

MANILA, Philippines - A Malacañang reporter who was shot and mauled in Pasig City has an arrest warrant for illegal drugs, police said Wednesday.

The Daily Tribune's Fernan Angeles will be arrested after he recovers from his gunshot wounds, police added.

"We will serve the warrant of arrest anytime kapag naka-recover na siya sa ospital," said Supt. Ganaban Ali, public information officer of the Eastern Police District.

Police confirmed that Angeles is the same Fernando Angeles Javier who has a standing arrest warrant for possession of illegal drugs issued in July last year.

According to the police, Fernan Angeles the reporter and a "Fernan Angeles y Javier" who is named in the arrest warrant issued by the Pasay City Regional Trial Court Branch 154 is the same person.

Authorities believe that Angeles gave them a different middle name before when they investigated him on an illegal drug case.

However, the Angeles in the arrest warrant and Angeles the journalist have the same address -- which is No. 384 MH Del Pilar in Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City.

The recent ambush on Angeles may have been carried out by a drug syndicate in Pasig City, investigators added.

A suspect in the shooting, a certain "Faisal" is a known drug pusher, police said.

Angeles supposedly told his wife Gemma that it was Faisal who shot him.

Authorities are now looking for Faisal and his group, which is suspected of operating a so-called "shabu tiangge" in Pasig, Police Officer Job Capinpin said.

Malacañang, meanwhile, urged police to thoroughly investigate the matter. - ANC