The 43-member District Anti-Illegal Drug Special Operations Task Group (DAID-SOTG) unit of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) remains intact even if its chief and members have been accused of “robbing” four arrested drug dealers of 105 kilos of shabu in April in Quezon City.
The missing 105 kilos is believed to be part of the 180 kilos of shabu estimated to be worth almost P1 billion, confiscated by the DAID-SOTG headed by Chief Insp. Enrico Figueroa.
It will be remembered that two Chinese and two Taiwanese nationals yielded 75 kilos of shabu after DAID-SOTG arrested them this April.
Its street value was pegged at P375 million.
Several days after the arrest of the four, the suspects revealed to the media that DAID-SOTG confiscated a total of 180 kilos of high grade shabu.
Its street value then would be almost P1 billion.
The Manila Times talked to a number of sources in the QCPD, and they validated the seizure of 180 kilos of shabu.
The DAID-SOTG has been dragged into the controversy of recycling shabu where confiscated drugs are sold back to the drug users through its net of drug pushers.
On Saturday, QCPD district director Senior Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar admitted that the 43 men of DAID-SOTG headed by Figueroa have not been sacked and transferred to Mindanao.
In fact, Eleazer said he was happy that no member of DAID-SOTG was found hooked on drugs based on the results of a drug test.
Three police officers tested positive for illegal drug use, but Eleazer made it clear that they do not belong to DAID-SOTG.
On July 2, it was reported that Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald ‘Bato’ de la Rosa issued an order to Eleazer to sack 35 police officers and transfer them to different PNP units in Mindanao.
The 35 police officers were allegedly people who were directly connected with Chief Supt. Edgardo Tinio, who was booted out as district director of QCPD.
It was Tinio who assigned Figueroa to head the DAID-SOTG.
Tinio, his former boss Director Joel Pagdilao, who was sacked as National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) head, and Chief Supt. Bernardo Diaz, relieved from PNP-Visayas, were three of the five generals accused by President Rodrigo Duterte as coddlers of drug syndicates.
The two others were retired Deputy Director Marcelo Garbo and retired Chief Supt. Vicente Loot.
Eleazar made it clear in a text message that Figueroa remains the chief of the 43-member-strong DAID-SOTG.