MANILA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday confirmed that it provided security detail for the daughter of a convicted "drug queen."
According to the PNP-Police Security and Protection Group, Diana Yu Uy, who was arrested Monday, came to them asking for security detail after she and her sister were kidnapped in May 2006.
A PNP-Anti Kidnapping Group document last March 23, 2017 confirmed the threat certification.
“This is to certify that Dina Uy and Joana Yu Uy, both Chinese nationals and a resident of #11331 Unit 6, Dagupan St., Tondo, Manila were victims of kidnapping-for-ransom that transpired on May 21, 2006 in Edsa Central Mall, Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City after seven days in captivity. A number of suspected members of the group remain at-large,” the report read.
The threat certification said the Uy siblings were held for seven days. Members of the kidnap-for-ransom group who abducted them remain at large.
It also noted that “until now, the family has an existing threat since they have been actively cooperating with the authorities.”
The PNP-PSPG said from the time the Uy siblings were kidnapped, they would ask for protective security every six months. They were first given police security detail in 2010.
A May 2016 request letter of Diana Uy read, “I would like to request two (2) PNP security escort after what happen to me and my sister. They will be accompanying both of us when we go out.”
“I would really appreciate if you will approve and provide two security escort (sic) for us. Since, there is still possibility of kidnapping threat to us since the kidnappers haven’t been apprehended.”
According to Diana, there was a possibility of a repeat kidnapping since the suspects were never apprehended. In her application, she indicated that she was a businesswoman.
“Based on our records she requested for protective security personnel in 2010. Meron siyang mga approved detail in 2010, 2011 to 2015, nahinto ng 2016 dahil sa elections," said Chief Supt. Joel Crisostomo Garcia, director of the PNP-PSPG.
The PNP Directorate for Intelligence made the initial threat assessment that was used as a basis for the protective security, according to the PNP-PSPG. Diana did not have a criminal record back then.
“The result, there was indeed an imminent danger in the life based on kidnap victim kasi siya eh at that time.”
“Di ko masabing there was lapses in the conduct of threat assessment kasi di naman complete background check ang ginagawa sa applicant eh. But merely conducting threat validation based on the reports. based on that, nire-recommend namin kapag positive yung threat assessment, we recommend for the approval of the chief,” Garcia said.
In an April 20, 2017 document, Diana requested for the same security escorts assigned to them.
“I would really appreciate if you would allow the continued detail of PO3 WALTER D. VIDAD and PO2 FAIZAL SAWADJAAN as our security escort for us,” the report read.
PO3 Walter Vidad was present Monday during the PDEA raid in Diana’s residence. He is now under PNP-PSPG custody for further investigation.
“We really have to find out kung meron talaga siyang involvement or somehow na-develop yung kanilang rapport since, for four years siyang PSP ni Ms. Diana Uy,” Garcia said.
The PNP-PSPG said the police detail should have immediately reported any illegal activity during their watch.
“May previous PSP kami na kapag nalaman nila yung kanilang VIP is involved somehow in any illegal activities, nire-report nila eh. And we request for the termination immediately kung merong ganon. Alam nila yung magiging ano nila kung meron silang involvement, they will be inder investigation,” Garcia said.
Because of the incident, the PSPG said they will begin conducting background investigation for applicants who request for police detail.
“We have to come with the amendment of our policy normally kase what is being conducted is threat assessment based on the police report, siguro with this experience, isasama namin for the private individual requesting for the availment should have a background check.”
Meanwhile, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque has expressed concern over the fact that illegal drugs were seized near Malacañang.
“We recognize that this is alarming that drugs were seized from a house near Malacañang. And I assure you it will be investigated fully and that the perpetrators will be brought to justice,” Roque said.