By Hannah Torregoza
Senate blue ribbon committee chair Senator Richard Gordon on Wednesday urged dismissed cop Eduardo Acierto to come out of hiding and surrender.
Gordon made the call following Acierto’s disclosure accusing President Rodrigo Duterte and the Philippine National Police (PNP) of ignoring an intelligence report where he linked presidential adviser Michael Yang to the illegal drug trade.
According to Gordon, if Acierto really had verified information to disclose and had no involvement in the smuggling of tons of shabu through the Bureau of Customs (BOC), he should voluntarily surrender to authorities and issue a sworn statement.
“Nagtatago siya…Bakit siya nagtatago? Dapat lumabas siya kung wala siyang kasalanan…Sumuko na lang siya (He went into hiding.. why did he do that? He should come out if he is innocent. He should just surrender),” Gordon said in a statement.
Gordon admitted that he did receive a copy of Acierto’s intelligence report detailing Yang’s involvement in the illegal drug trade and urged him to be a state witness so he can enter into the Witness Protection Program (WPP).
However, the document was insufficient to pin down Yang’s supposed involvement in the drug trade.
This meeting, he said, happened during an executive session at the height of a Senate hearing on the alleged smuggling of shabu at the Bureau of Customs (BOC).
“I told him to tell the public what you want to say if you really want us to help you. But he doesn’t want to do it. Then he stopped approaching me,” Gordon said.
Acierto, he said, only sullied his lengthy career with his involvement in shady deals such as the drug smuggling, the illegal selling of high-powered firearms, and the slaying of South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo.
Gordon said that during the meeting, the dismissed cop mentioned Yang and showed a paper purportedly containing a diagram of the drug operations in the country of an international drug ring.
The blue ribbon committee secretariat and various staff of the senator joined the said meeting.
But during the executive session, Gordon said Acierto failed to provide them concrete evidence that Yang is truly involved.
“All that he said, he had no evidence…there were no evidence because it was all based on hearsay,” he pointed out.
“All he was saying was that he knows something about it. But he wasn’t specific. There was no concrete and supporting evidence to back up his allegations,” he said, showing dismay at Acierto.
Another accused, former Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) deputy chief Ismael Fajardo, who is allegedly in cahoots with Acierto, also remains at-large.