Bicol NBI chief, 20 others face raps over shabu lab


LEGAZPI CITY: The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Bicol has filed cases against the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) chief here and 20 others, including former government officials, in connection with the uncovered mega shabu laboratory in Catanduanes last year.

Chief Supt. Ramon Melvin Buenafe, PNP regional director, personally filed the case before the Presecutor’s Office in Catanduanes last Wednesday against NBI director Augusto Eric Isidoro; lawyer Ulpiano Sarmiento; Raymond Lee; Jardin Brian Wong, alias Bobong Wong; Joseph Al Randie Wong, alias Tiptip Wong; Constantino Huit Cordial Jr; Snooky Imperial; Allan Ang Hung, alias Xian Xian Wang; Pido Bonito; Noel Sampag, alias Bert; and Angelica Balmadrid, common-law-wife of Isidro.

Also named in conspiracy with Isidoro was former Mayor Constantino Cordial Jr. of Caramoan, Camarines Sur.

Others accused in court were Paulo Uy, Jayson Gonzales Uy, Paolo Wee Palison, Lorenzo Floree Pinera alias Kidot, Phung Yuan Estorco, Sheng Wang Tore, Ruel Samonte, Dennes Samonte and John and Peter Does.
The case stemmed from the discovery of the biggest shabu laboratory at the property of Balmadrid in Barangay

Palta Small of Virac town on November 26, 2016.

Isidoro was head of the NBI’s anti-drug unit during the time of Justice secretary and now Sen. Leila de Lima.

The warehouse is leased to Jason Uy, alias “Paulo Uy,” reportedly a Chinese.

The raid yielded six hydrogenators, 329 kilos of ephedrine hydrochloride and other materials for making shabu.
It was said to be the biggest shabu factory uncovered in the region under President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug campaign.

Buenafe told The Manila Times that even the killing of Larry Que, publisher of Catanduanes News Now, on December 19, 2016 was linked to the controversial mega shabu laboratory operations.

He quoted witness Ernesto Tabor who sought police protection after the assassination of Que.

“Our witness is very credible. He was part of the operations where Larry Que was his friend and partner in illegal drug trade distribution as part of their contract. That’s why when he [Que] was killed, Tabor came out to expose what he knew in the mega shabu laboratory operations in Catanduanes,” Buenafe said.

The operations of the mega shabu laboratory started in 2015 and the laboratory was producing at least 300 kilos per day, or equivalent to P1.5 billion (street value) at P5 million per kilo.

The shabu was distributed in Bicol and Muntinlupa City in Metro Manila, Buenafe said.


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