MANILA - A jailed "drug queen" and her daughter, who allegedly controlled the narcotics trade at a detention facility for women, enjoy ties with "influential people," the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency claimed Wednesday.
Authorities on Monday seized drugs and cellphones from the Correctional Institute for Women in Mandaluyong, where convicted drug trafficker Yuk Lai Yu has been detained for 19 years.
Her daughter, Diane Yu Uy, was arrested hours later after another P10-million in shabu was found in her condominium unit.
"Iyang mag-inang iyan, maraming ipinagmamalaking influential people. In fact, marami na ngang tumatawag ngayon at kinakausap sila," PDEA chief Aaron Aquino told DZMM.
(Mother and daughter boast of their connections to influential people. In fact, many people are calling and speaking to them now.)
Aquino did not identify those who were calling the two up.
The PDEA chief earlier said Uy allegedly supplied drugs to the CIW. Surveillance clips showed her avoiding frisking by delivering sacks of rice that allegedly contained shabu through the facility's back door.
Uy is suspected of sourcing narcotics from 3 convicted drug lords at the New Bilibid Prison, Aquino added. Her cellphone allegedly contained text messages about orders of shabu.
During his DZMM interview, the PDEA chief said undercover agents were able to buy drugs from CIW thrice before mounting Monday's operation. Inmates refused to undergo drug tests, he said.
Yuk Lai meanwhile was seen using a new cellphone on Tuesday.
Aquino dashed any hope for a possible pardon for the 72-year-old Yuk Lai. "She will rot in jail for the rest of her life because of the raid that was done by PDEA," he said.
The PDEA chief said his agency would also file cases against prison officials, who appeared to have been in cahoots with Yuk Lai and allegedly rented out cellphones to inmates.