Duterte orders arrest of ex-customs officer tagged in drugs

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 24 2018 05:04 PM | Updated as of Oct 25 2018 05:15 PM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said he wants former Customs intelligence officer Jimmy Guban arrested over his alleged unscrupulous acts.

"Tell me who is this guy asking for money, extortion. I will call him here, I'll have him arrested, kaya iyang si Guban pinapa-aresto ko," said Duterte Wednesday, amid a House of Representatives inquiry on the illegal drugs that supposedly slipped past Customs. 

Duterte said he ordered Philippine National Police Chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde to arrest Guban and bring him to the National Bureau of Investigation.

“Sabi ni Albayalde, ‘on what ground?’ Just bring him to the NBI,” Duterte said in a speech in Malacañang.

“Sabihin mo dalhin sa Cavite. Ihulog sa… Siya ang nagpasok, siya ang nag-fake ng ID… If you do that everyday, p****g i*a, ginagawa mo akong g**o eh.”

The President earlier released a “secret special report” tagging Guban and other high-ranking police officials in the illegal drug trade.

The report said Guban developed a network and that individuals would turn to him when they wanted illegal drugs and other commodities such as fireworks, rice, sugar, onions and garlic be brought into the country.

It said Guban was already familiar with all the owners of warehouses he was raiding as well as their managers, who were mostly Chinese.

“Those are the same owners whom he collects grease money [from],” the report said.

“The raids were his means of showing the owners that he has the power and influence in the Intelligence Group of the DOC so that they will continue to pay ‘tara’ to his group.”

The report also linked Guban to a certain Chen Yu, reportedly a member of the Bamboo Alliance Syndicate that “offers all sorts of transactions.”

“Guban’s source of wealth is dubious. In the past, he only used to ride a motorcycle, but after several operations and ‘accomplishments’, his new ride became a Land Cruiser and he eventually possessed a number of homes,” the report said.

In September, Guban was cited in contempt by the House Committee on Dangerous Drugs and Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability for providing "conflicting statements" during a hearing.