A former village official tagged as a “drug queen” by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency fled the country three days before the Senate gave the go signal to make public the names of police officers or “ninja cops” allegedly involved in the recycling of seized drugs, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said on Wednesday.
BI spokesman Dana Sandoval said Guia Gomez Castro left the country on September 21. She explained that immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport allowed Castro to leave because “she has no derogatory records.”
While Sandoval refused to disclose the details of Castro’s travel records, reliable sources at the Immigration bureau told The Manila Times that Castro left on September 21 at 10:34 p.m. on board Cebu Pacific flight 5J931 bound for Bangkok, Thailand.
“Castro’s passport number is P-2780617A. She is 45 years old and was born on June 23,1974,” the source told The Times.
National Capital Region Police Office chief Guillermo Eleazar said it was possible that Castro took a connecting flight to another country.
Castro won as chairman of Barangay 484 Zone 48 in Sampaloc, Manila in the last barangay (village) elections, but failed to take her oath of office.
According to documents released to reporters, Castro filed for a leave of absence for the duration of April 25, 2019 to June 25, 2019 to go to Surigao. It was approved by former Manila mayor Joseph Estrada.
Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Domagoso urged the former village chief, who has been tagged as the alleged buyer of recycled drugs, to resurface and prove her innocence.
Meanwhile, Manila Police District chief Brig. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr. said even before he took office in November 2018, Castro had been in hiding and was no longer in Manila.
“Just come out in the open, kung talaga namang hindi totoo, (if the charges are not true) and defend yourself,” Danao told Castro.
WITH A REPORT FROM WILLIAM B. DEPASUPIL