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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, March 20, 2017
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8 more cops linked to drugs

Controversial drug personality Ricky Serenio, who claimed to be a “paymaster” of the Berya Drug Group, linked eight more policemen, and two agents of the National Bureau of Investigation, to the illegal drug trade, in his sworn affidavits.

Serenio, who was recently released from police custody, after posting P720,000 in cash bond for illegal possession of firearms and explosives, as well as grave coercion, made the allegations in his supplemental sworn affidavits, copies of which were distributed by a staff member of Moises Padilla Mayor Magdaleno Peña, a consultant of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, to the local media.

It states that the Berya Drug Group distributed 15 kilos of shabu per month in Bacolod City, and 20 kilos more in six cities and a town in Negros Occidental.

Serenioalso said that because the drug trade is being protected by police authorities and agencies in several places, other than Bacolod City, it became a thriving and luctrative business of the many drugs lords.This got the Negros Island Region including in the list issued by President Rodrigo Duterteof the most drug-affected regions.

In his first affidavit, Serenio alleged that more than 30 police officers, including the two who has already retired from the service, received “protection money” from the Berya Drug Group.

In his supplemental affidavit dated March 10, that was subscribed and sworn to before Judge Noel Darren Damian of the Municipal Circuit Trial Court of Valladolid-San Enrique-Pulupandan, Serenio identified eight PNP members and two NBI agents who allegedly received protection money from the Berya Drug Group, with amounts ranging from P40,000 to P120,000 monthly.

He also repeated his allegations against Senior Supt. William Señoron, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, whom he alleged,had been receiving protection money from the drug group, this time through the two former city police chiefs in the province.

Señoron yesterday said that he and the PNP intelligence community already anticipated that Serenio, a self-proclaimed drug paymaster, will be used as a pawn, a fall guy, and agent of lies to destroy him and other police officers.

“The claims of Serenio, as far as I am concerned, are all fabrications, outlandish and nothing but tall tales,”Señoron said.

He also said he is consulting his lawyer, as to what legal remedies he can take against Serenio.

Serenio had been placed under the protective custody of Peña and his son PulupandanMayor Miguel Pena, as well as Senior Inspector Alfredo de Leon, Pulupandan police chief. This was after he linked 35 police officers of the Negros Island Region, and several members of the PDEA, including two local media personalities, to the illegal drug trade in Bacolod City.

Almost all the police officers, and five PDEA personnel, linked by Serenio to the Berya Drug Group, have already been re-assigned outside the NIR.

Serenio claimed that the Berya Drug Group supplied five kilos of shabu each month to the cities of Cadiz and Kabankalan, two kilos each to the cities of La Carlota, Kabankalan, Silay, Talisay,andBago as well as Murcia town.

Señoron said he is willing to resign from the service and waive his rights to all benefits due to him, if Serenio is able to show any proof that he is receiving protection money from Berya Drug Group.* GPB




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