MANILA - Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Dir. Gen. Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa on Wednesday said he would recommend the immediate dismissal of two police officers assigned to protect a daughter of convicted "drug queen" Yu Yuk Lai if proven involved in her alleged illegal drug activities.
This as the PNP Police Security and Protection Group (PNP-PSPG) said it would recall all police officers on security detail in batches in light of the report.
Some 700 police officers are deployed on security detail: 400 to private individuals and 300 to government officials.
"I have instructed the director of the PNP-PSPG, i-recall niya lahat ng security detail at bigyan niya lahat ng instruction on what to do and i-review lahat ng mga details ng security... Tingnan natin na baka may iba pang drug lord diyan na mayroong PSPG security detail," Dela Rosa said in a press briefing.
Dela Rosa said he would make sure the two cops caught guarding the drug convict's daughter Diana Uy - Police Officer 2 Faizal Abdullah Sawadjaan and Police Officer 3 Walter Vidad - would be expelled from service once proven guilty to be involved in illegal drug activities.
Information from the PNP showed that Sawadjaan had been assigned to Uy since 2010, four years after she and her sister were kidnapped, while Vidad had been her security detail since 2013.
Vidad was the police on duty when the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency conducted a drug raid in Uy’s residence on Nov. 6, where authorities confiscated P15 million worth of suspected shabu.
The PNP said police security details are renewed every six months, and Uy would always request for Sawadjaan and Vidad.
Dela Rosa, meanwhile, said they were able to validate the threat on Uy's life especially, since those who abducted her and her sister in 2006 were never apprehended.
He said Uy's case was "complicated," adding that the mother's sins may not be blamed on the daughter.
“Had we known na anak siya ni Yu Yuk Lai, hindi talaga siya bibigyan, but kahit na ganunpaman, just in case, granting palagay nalaman natin na anak siya ni Yu Yuk Lai, at that time alam natin na si Yu Yuk Lai ay drug queen, hindi mo naman masabi na 'yung kasalanan ng ina ay kasalanan rin ng anak kaya hindi mo siya puwedeng bigyan ng security kung talagang na-establish na siya ay kidnap victim, so masyadong kumplikado,” he explained.
“Even doon sa negotiation with AKG (PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group) about her kidnap-for-ransom case, hindi talaga nagsu-surface pangalan ni Yu Yuk Lai, hindi niya pinapaalam na siya ay anak ni Yu Yuk Lai," Dela Rosa added.
Dela Rosa said the two cops never filed any report about suspicious activities during their service to Uy.
He said he believes the two may have developed loyalty to Uy in their seven years of service to her.
COPS KNEW UY'S MA IS 'DRUG QUEEN' BUT DID NOT REPORT
“The problem is higher authorities ng PSPG, blind talaga na anak ni Yu Yuk Lai 'yan kasi itong dalawa hindi nagkuwento, and for that since alam sila si Diane (Uy) ay anak pala ni Yu Yuk Lai, sumasama pa sila kapag bumibista doon sa CIW (Correctional Institute for Women) si Diane sa kaniyang mother, alam na pala nitong mga pulis na ito hindi man lang pinagbigay alam, hindi nag-report sa kanyang immediate superior,” Dela Rosa said.
“Ang sabi nila kapag pupunta daw, alam nila na pupunta kay Yu Yuk Lai. Hindi daw sila kasama dun sa loob, sa sasakyan lang daw sila naiwan, si Diane deretso doon sa loob ng women's correctional facility but I doubt. We have to investigate some more,” he added.
Dela Rosa said he is not convinced that the two policemen did not know anything about Uy’s alleged illegal drug activities, especially when they have been receiving a daily allowance of P1,000.
“Sisiguruhin ko talaga na matatanggal sa serbisyo itong mga pulis na ito dahil, apparently, nag-enjoy na sila sa allowance na ibinibigay ni Diana sa kanila. Ang loyalty nila nandun na sa kanilang principal na pinoproketahan na si Diana,” Dela Rosa said.
“Malaki ang pera na binibigay ha, P1,000 a day na allowance so P30,000 ang kita nila aside from their salary from the PNP. So P30,000, very good, nalipat 'yung loyalty sa kanilang amo,” he added.
Sawadjaan, however, denied the allegations hurled against him and Vidad. He said he was not aware of Uy’s activities even if he has been assigned to her since 2010.
“Hindi namin alam kasi Chinese ma’am, hindi namin maintindihan ang salita,” Sawadjaan said.
“Galit ako sa kaniya ma’am, pero ok lang. Hindi namin alam na ganon pala ang ano niya,” he added.
PNP-PSPG TO BE STRICTER IN DEPLOYING POLICE BODYGUARDS
PNP-PSPG data showed that 136 private individuals are being guarded by 217 police protective personnel.
Dela Rosa said they will be more careful and strict in providing security detail because of this incident.
“Maniniguro kami na 'yung mabibigyan ng security detail ay talagang malinis na tao, hindi involved sa krimen,” Dela Rosa said.
Chief Supt. Joel Crisostomo Garcia, director of the PNP-PSPG, said the recall of police security detail will be done in batches.
“That will be by batch basis kasi hindi pwede natin i-recall at one time... They (PNP-PSPG personnel) usually come in the office every Thursday for police information and continuing education so during that time, binibigay nila 'yung information. They are duty bound to report if there are illegal activities being done by their VIPs,” Garcia said.
Sawadjaan and Vidad have been placed under the custody of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame while undergoing investigation.
The two cops are facing an administrative case of serious neglect of duty and a possible criminal case if they are found to be in cahoots with Uy.