PDEA chief denies Guia Gomez Castro used as diversionary tactic
MANILA - Sen. Richard Gordon questioned the timing of police's revelation of the name of the "drug queen" allegedly involved in "recycling" illegal drugs seized in government operations, amid the issue of "ninja cops."
Speaking to DZMM, Gordon said it was possible that revealing the name of "drug queen" Guia Gomez Castro meant diverting the issue from the rogue cops involved in illegal drugs.
"Baka nagda-divert sila ng attention at parang miniminimize itong impact na gagawin ni General Magalong, or the other one, baka may pinagtatakpan, may malalaman pa, may malalaman pang iba," Gordon said.
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Aaron Aquino denied Gordon's allegation.
He said authorities tried to arrest Castro, but their operations failed because she was in cahoots with law enforcement agents.
"She also have a lot of influence in the government agencies, some politicians also who are maybe her protectors. There are also a lot of Philippine National Police officers, and probably PDEA officers who are in cahoots with her," Aquino told ANC.
"Most operations being planned by PDEA and other agencies failed," he added.
Metro Manila police chief Police Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar on Tuesday revealed that the so-called "drug queen" was a former barangay official in Manila.
He also said the drug queen is also wife of a former barangay chairman and had connections with so-called “ninja cops.”
Castro was first arrested in 2001 for alleged possession of a kilo of drugs, but the case against her was dismissed, allowing her to expand her alleged narcotics network.
She has flown reportedly to Bangkok, Thailand. Her relatives and co-workers have denied the allegations against her.