The police chief of Olongapo City was fired after four of his men were arrested for allegedly protecting a shabu laboratory inside the Subic Freeport.
What’s absolutely galling is the fact that it was operating under the very noses of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).
Philippine National Police chief Debold Sinas assured that all the culprits will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Sacked from his post was Col. Randy Arceo, for command responsibility when four of his subordinates were collared by elements of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, PNP-Criminal Investigation & Detection Group and PNP Maritime Group.
PNP Central Luzon regional director B/Gen. Valeriano de Leon identified the four cops as Lt. Reynato Basa Jr. and Corporals Gino de la Cruz, Edesyr Alipio and Godfrey Parentela.
De Leon said that he has ordered all members of the Olongapo police department to be subjected to drug testing, and those found positive are to be placed on floating status.
All of them were connected with the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) of Olongapo City Police Station 2.
They were nabbed while allegedly serving as security for the “kitchen-type” laboratory that was located in a house in a remote part of the Freeport in West Kalayaan Homes.
Reports said the joint SBMA-PDEA-CIDG-Maritime team was led to the clandestine shabu lab by a drug pusher identified as Jerico Dabu (the alleged distributor for the group) whom they were chasing after a failed buy-bust operation.
Seized from the Subic lab were assorted shabu-cooking equipment, precursor chemicals and more than one kilogram of the finished product, four PNP-issued Glock pistols, varipous cellphones and a Honda sedan.
However, the lab’s chemist (or the guy who cooked the meth) wasn’t around during the raid.