Fil-Am denies drug charges; Pajero examined

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 26 2012 01:34 PM | Updated as of Nov 26 2012 09:34 PM

MANILA - Thirty-three-year old Fil-Am Kevin Bryan Hills denied before the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) that he was in possession of the 10 kilos of shabu worth P50 million allegedly seized by elements of the Philippine National Police Anti-illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (AIDSOTF) last Nov. 20 from him.

In his counter-affidavit filed during Monday's preliminary investigation hearing, Hills claimed that he was the "wrong target" of the AIDSOTF operation because the "real target" was supposedly a certain "Phil."

Hills also claimed there was no "test buy" between him and the operatives at 9 pm on Nov. 7 since he was having dinner with relatives in Baclaran, Manila at the time to belatedly celebrate his birthday.

His camp also cast doubts on why the AIDSOTF conducted the actual raid on Nov. 20, 13 days after the supposed Nov. 7 "test buy" and 8 days after the search warrant was issued by the trial court on Nov. 12.

Hills' counsel, Atty. Raymond Palad, challenged the AIDSOTF to lift fingerprints and DNA samples from the National Power Corp-owned Pajero with government plate no. SEP 825 where 9 kilos of the alleged shabu were recovered.

The Pajero was allegedly parked on a slot leased by Hills in Column Tower 2, Ayala Ave., Barangay Bel-Air, Makati City. The remaining 1 kilo was allegedly seized from Hill's condominium unit.

"Wala kang makikita nyan maging buhok ni Bryan... hindi niya ginamit yan o hinawakan. Never," Palad said.

The vehicle became controversial after it was found that it was the same vehicle a certain Atty. Antonio Mariano Almeda used during his stint as member of the staff of Rep. Juan Miguel "Mikey" Arroyo.

Almeda, however, pointed out that he returned the vehicle to Napocor in 2009.

Prosecution Atty. Ana Doreen Devanadera, meantime, ordered for an actual inspection and stencil of the chassis and engine numbers of the subject Pajero which was brought to the DOJ.

"This is to compare the chassis and engine numbers with that indicated in the alleged OR-CR of the Pajero in the possession of AID-SOTF... to prove this is the same vehicle," Devanadera said.

Inquest proceedings on the drugs case were conducted on Nov. 22; Hills asked for a full-blown preliminary investigation.