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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, January 12, 2017
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‘Drug payola' allegation
should be investigated

The allegations of top drug personality Ricky Serenio against officials of the Philippine National Police and other government officials, like judges, should be thoroughly investigated, Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya said yesterday.

Gasataya said the veracity of his claims should also be assessed because what is alarming are his allegations that the illegal drugs operation is in place.

This only shows that the directive of the President to focus on illegal drugs has basis, he said.

Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said the revelation of Serenio needs validation because he mentioned that more than 30 policemen are involved in drug protection.

“That is about 5 percent of our total police force,” he said.

Familiaran said Serenio's revelation came as a shock since he also mentioned barangay captains, fiscals, and judges, including media members.

In fairness to those he mentioned, his statements need revalidation considering that he has not yet signed an affidavit, he said.

Serenio, who was also a bagman of the Berya Drug Group, was transferred to the custodial facility of the Talisay Police Station in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, yesterday.

Chief Insp. Dianne Grace Catedral, Police Regional Office-18 spokesperson, said that about five members of the Special Action Force are guarding Serenio to ensure his safety.

Catedral said Serenio was transferred because the office of the Regional Special Operations Task Group has no detention cell.

Chief Supt. Renato Gumban, regional director of PRO-18, said that Serenio has personal knowledge of the drug transactions especially in Bacolod and Negros Occidental, and the personalities allegedly engaging in the drug trade.

Serenio earlier told the media that he is set to divulge, in an affidavit, the names of law enforcers, judges, politicians and media personalities, who are allegedly protectors of drugs.

Catedral said they are only waiting for the affidavit of Serenio to be finished before disclosing the names of the personalities involved.

On Monday, Serenio divulged details of their illicit operations and the giving of payolas, ranging from P30,000 to P500,000.*CGS/SGG



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