Cop tagged in Duterte's drug matrix clears name

Angel Movido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 11 2018 08:22 PM

MANILA- A police official accused by President Rodrigo Duterte of selling drugs has denied his supposed involvement in the narcotics ring.

Duterte on Tuesday released a drug matrix where he linked 5 active police officials and 2 former officers to the drug trade.

Among those named were supposed drug ring leader Senior Superintendent Eduardo Acierto, Senior Superintendent Leonardo Suan, Superintendent Lorenzo Bacia, Inspector Lito Pirote, Inspector Conrado Caragdag, and SPO4 Alejandro Liwana.

On Thursday, Suan sought ABS-CBN News to clear his name, saying he was surprised by the allegation.

"It has affected my family. Nabigla ako. Saan ako nalilink? Sana may case build-up muna," he said.

(I was surprised. Where am I being linked? I hope there's a case build-up first.)

"Wala naman ako nakaaway, pero maganda may imbestigasyon," he added.

(I don't have enemies. But it's good to have an investigation.)

Suan also offered a message to the President: "Kay Pangulong Duterte, hindi niyo po kalaban si Senior Supt Suan. Hindi ako kalaban ng gobyerno sa illegal drugs, dahil ako pinakamarami napakulong na drug lord."

(To President Duterte, Senior Supt. Suan is not your enemy. I am not an enemy of the government when it comes to illegal drugs because I jailed the most number of drug lords.) 

Suan has long been on a floating status after he was relieved as deputy director of the Eastern Visayas police.

When asked whether he knew if Acierto and Fajardo's team were engaged in illegal activities. Suan responded: "I would not know. Ibang team sila. Wala kasing pakealamanan pag ganun."

(They are from a different team. We don't meddle in those things.)

"Mga operatiba yan eh, magagaling magtrabaho, hindi ko alam ano nangyari diyan," he added.

(Those are operatives who work well. I don't know what happened there.)

Suan also added he had no knowledge of the magnetic lifters seized by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in GMA, Cavite that allegedly contained P6.8 billion worth of "shabu."

The police official said he is willing to undergo all kinds of investigation, including a lifestyle check.

"Kawawa naman ako, malapit nako mag retire...tapos matatapos career ko dahil sa ganitong intel report? Dapat may imbestigasyon. Dapat vinalidate muna," Suan said.

(Poor me, I am nearing retirement and my career will end like this because of such intel report? There should be an investigation. There should have been a validation process first.)