• Policeman gets life for protecting ‘shabu’ lab

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    A police superintendent will spend at least 23 years of his life in prison after the court found him guilty of protecting a clandestine methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu laboratory in Naguilan, La Union.

    Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director Gen., Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac Jr. commended Judge Ferdinand Fe of the Regional Trial Court Branch 67 of Bauang, La Union for the conviction of Police Supt. Dionicio Borromeo, a bemedalled police officer, for violation of Section 8 (Manufacture of Dangerous Drugs and/or Controlled Precursors and Essential Chemicals) in relation to Section 26 (d), Article II of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. Borromeo was ordered to pay a fine of P10 million.

    “I am very pleased with the decision of Judge Fe and the diligence of Prosecutors Danilo Bumacod, Gaudencio Valdez Jr. and Manuel Dulnuan, who painstakingly worked hard on the case for five years,” Cacdac said.

    Borromeo, who is presently the deputy provincial director of the Cavite Police Provincial Office (CPPO), was tagged as protector of the multi-billion shabu laboratory raided by PDEA operatives and local police in Barangay Bimmotobot, Naguilan Town in La Union last July 9, 2008. He was positively identified and implicated by Dante Palaganas, the caretaker of the illegal facility, who later turned into state witness.

    Another policeman, Borromeo’s co–accused, Sr. Police Officer 1 Joey Abang was sentenced to 12 years and one day to a maximum of 20 years imprisonment and ordered to pay a fine of P500,000. He was immediately arrested and was temporarily committed to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, San Fernando, La Union pending the issuance of a Mittimus Order by the court.

    Borromeo, the chief of police in Dagupan City at the time of the raid, now has his P1-million bail cancelled. A standing warrant for his arrest has already been issued and implemented in coordination with CPPO, under Provincial Director Police Station Supt. Alexander Rafael.

    “This represents another partial victory in our unrelenting campaign against the drug menace. I hope the wheels of justice continue to turn in the government’s favor particularly against high-profile personalities much less people in power,” the PDEA chief said.

    Jing Villamente

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