DOJ indicts 8 in smuggling of shabu inside magnetic lifters
The Department of Justice (DOJ) indicted at least eight individuals including “core conspirators” implicated in the alleged smuggling of shabu neatly placed inside magnetic lifters worth billions of pesos.
This was after government prosecutors found probable cause in a 45-page joint resolution to file a case for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 specifically for importation of dangerous drugs.
Charged were former Customs Intelligence Officer Jimmy S. Guban, former Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Deputy Director for Administration Ismael Fajardo and former police officer Eduardo P. Acierto.
They were tagged by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) as the “core conspirators”.
Also sued were Chan Yee Wah, Zhou Quan/Zhang Quan, consignees Vedasto Cabral Baraquel Jr. and his wife Maria Lagrimas Catipan of Vecaba Trading and Emily Luquingan, the ex-wife of Hsu Chun Chung.
“The basic rule is that allegation is not evidence ad is not equivalent to proof. Charges based on mere suspicion and speculation likewise cannot be given credence . When the complainant relies on mere conjectures and suppositions, and fails to substantiate his allegations, the complaint must be dismissed for lack of merit,” the resolution read.