Director General Aaron Aquino of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) stood his ground and revealed that an influential person in the government is protecting convicted “drug queen” Yu Yuk Lai and her daughter Diana Yu Uy.
This was the conclusion of Aquino after the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 49 cleared Uy of drug charges and ordered her release from detention on Thursday, Oct 25.
In an interview, the PDEA Chief said, “Right from the start, I already said an influential person was helping Yu Yuk Lai and Diane Uy.”
However, when pressed to reveal the name of the protector, the PDEA Chief refused to give a name or clue. He said one of his witnesses also refused to name him. But Aquino said that person would know that he was referring to him.
For the drug buster head, he is certain that the protector was someone in the government. He explained his own observation by saying, “He immediately intervened as soon as we caught the drug suspect.”
When asked where did Aquino get his information with so much certainty, he said that there are intelligence reports and “reliable sources” as his basis for his statement.
For the PDEA Director, this is not over yet as PDEA would take steps to get justice in Uy’s case, including taking the case up to the Supreme Court.
The court said, however, that the agents might have planted evidence against Uy and have extorted P500,000 for her to cancel the raid, although the raid still pushed through.
Many observers admire the PDEA Director General for his zealous and serious campaign against drugs.
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