Espinoza: Moles within the PNP?

THE police and the intelligence agencies of the government should look deep into the case of Filipino-Australian Dorotea Ausan Moyes, who turned over a package containing shabu worth P11 million to a hotel staff. The package was given to her in Cebu City and was supposed to be brought to Japan allegedly upon the request of her boyfriend, a certain Andrew Wood, whom she knew through online dating.

This is not in defense of Moyes, but she could not be held liable for the charge of possession of the illegal drug because she turned it over to the hotel staff upon doubting the contents of the package. It’s even unfair to call Moyes a drug mule until she is convicted for it.

Although PRO 7 Chief Robert Quenery has already ordered an investigation into this case, police investigators should not solely pin Moyes. If she were a mule, why would she ask the hotel staff to check the contents of the package?

The police claim there is no known shabu factory in Cebu, but the shabu was supposedly given to Moyes in Cebu City. Are we to understand that our intelligence agents are sleeping on their job? That this shabu shipment may have slipped past the police could indicate that the drug lords may have moles within the police organization.

Remember the case of retired cop Antonio Tabug, who attempted to bribe the Mabolo policemen for P50,000 for the release of Roselle Paculaba whom the police arrested for a drug related offense? Tabug obviously still has friends and connections within the Philippine National Police (PNP) organization.

Will heads roll in this shabu delivery in the heart of Cebu City? Well, only PNP Chief Bato dela Rosa could answer that. The polce should identify the person or persons who gave the package to Moyes. They should even thank Moyes for having the guts to turn over the package to the hotel staff. But the police should also check Moyes’s personal records.

I don’t think that nailing Moyes would solve the illegal drugs problem or allow the police to identity the people behind it. With the technology, it would be easy for cops to get access to the communication between Moyes and the supplier.

It’s not a remote possibility that the drug lords used Moyes as a diversion and that the more than P11 million-worth of shabu may already be in circulation in Cebu and in the other places of our country. Let’s hope that this is not the case.

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The political cauldron in Cebu City is boiling with only few months left before the midterm elections. The question is, who will run against Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña? Would it be Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella or former mayor Mike Rama If you ask Rama, he’ll give you a long and winding non-answer. Labella has kept mum about it.

The opposition is perhaps giving the voters a thrill. But some of its leaders are worried Rama would insist on running for mayor as it would end up being a three-cornered fight. A source said the administration PDP-Laban wants Labella to run for mayor. A divided opposition would mean a victory for the incumbent.
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