Duterte tells public not to believe ex-cop Acierto

Published March 26, 2019, 11:02 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Genalyn Kabiling

President Duterte has asked the military and police why dismissed policeman Eduardo Acierto was still alive amid his involvement in corruption and kidnap-for-ransom activities.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) campaign rally at the F. L. Dy Memorial Coliseum in Cauayan City, Isabela on March 13, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO)

The President tried to discredit Acierto who linked businessman Michael Yang to the illegal drug trade as he urged the public not to believe the former cop.

“Huwag kayong maniwala nitong… Si — lalo na ito si Acierto. Ito nga ‘yung nag — p***** i… Tanungin ko kaya ang military pati police, bakit buhay pa ‘yang p**** i**** ‘yan?” [Don’t believe in Acierto. This son of a b*tch. Let me ask the military and police why is that son of a b*tch still alive?],” he said during Department of Social Welfare and Development  (DSWD) program in South Cotabato.

Duterte said he knows Acierto was “corrupt,” citing his dismissal from police service due to the anomalous purchase of rifles.  “He was the guy na nag-import ng AK-47. One thousand something pieces. Tapos dineliver (deliver) niya sa New People’s Army. Pulis itong g****** ‘to ha,” he added.

Duterte also accused Acierto of alleged involvement in kidnap-for-ransom activities, including the kidnap-slay of a Korean national inside Camp Crame in 2016.

Earlier, Acierto claimed that Yang, former adviser of the President, was involved in the narcotics trade. The former cop claimed that he submitted a report to his superiors but they ignored the report.

The President, however, defended Yang from the allegations hurled by Acierto, claiming he was a legitimate businessman. He cited that Yang’s businesses have helped generate local jobs.

He noted Yang was often spotted with top Chinese government officials, adding they would have not allowed him to be there if he was involved in illegal drugs.