'Good idea' to cancel Manila drug queen's passport: Palace

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 30 2019 04:12 PM

Manila City's alleged "drug queen” Guia Gomez Castro. File

MANILA- It would be a "good idea" to cancel the passport of Manila City's alleged "drug queen,” Guia Gomez Castro, Malacañang said Monday.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo welcomed the suggestion of Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon to cancel Castro's travel document given that she has existing arrest warrants.

"I understand she’s facing warrants of arrest. So if she is facing warrants of arrest that would be a good idea [to cancel her passport]," Panelo told reporters.

Panelo, however, noted that the matter would still be decided by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

"Let’s just say, it’s a good idea. It’s for the DFA to decide," he said.

Castro is accused of buying and distributing illegal drugs from "ninja cops," or officers who recycle seized illicit narcotics from drug stings. 

She was first arrested in 2001 for alleged possession of drugs, but the case against her was dismissed, supposedly allowing her to expand her alleged narcotics network. 

Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno on Monday called on the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) to bring back Castro to the Philippines after immigration officials confirmed that she and her family had flown to Bangkok, Thailand.