30 March 2019

Human rights lawyer and senatorial candidate Chel Diokno urged the government to launch a full-blown investigation to probe the claims of dismissed Police Senior Supt. Eduardo Acierto, a veteran anti-drug operative who tagged two Chinese nationals close to President Rodrigo Duterte as drug lords.

“We need to have a full-blown investigation,” Diokno said in a press conference Wednesday.

Acierto, who has been tagged in a multi-billion-peso shipment of shabu, accused the President and the Philippine National Police of ignoring an intelligence report and blocking further investigation into the alleged drug links of presidential economic adviser Michael Yang. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency has confirmed receiving the report from Acierto.

“Kailangan malaman ng taumbayan ano ba talaga ang katotohanan diyan,” Diokno said.

Diokno also called on Duterte to stop making “irresponsible statements” after the President, during a speech in South Cotabato on Tuesday, asked the police and the military why Acierto is still alive, which other opposition bets have slammed as “an indirect order to kill.”

Diokno said the President’s statements are only raising more suspicion among the public regarding his own administration’s links to drugs.

“Alam kaya ni Pangulo yung lumalabas sa kanyang bibig?” Diokno said.

“Ang tanong ko diyan e kung hindi naman totoo yung sinasabi ni Acierto, bakit gusto niya itong mamatay?” Diokno added. “If there’s really no truth to what he is saying, why does the President implicitly want to silence him?”

“Tama na yung mga ganyang mga napaka-iresponsableng mga salita,” Diokno said.