WHEN suspected drug lord Jeffrey “Jaguar” Diaz was still alive, he reportedly gave P5 million to a fellow drug personality in Muntinlupa and instructed his friend to reward the money to persons who can kill his supposed assassins.
Diaz died with his bodyguard in a shootout with the police operatives mainly led by the Regional Intelligence Division and Regional Special Operations Group of Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 in Las Piñas City last June 17.
The information about the reward came from an insider of the group, said PRO 7 Director Chief Supt. Patrocinio Comendador Jr.
“We are expecting that and we are ready for that,” he said. “Ang tanang kontra niya ang tibuok kapulisan sa rehiyon siyete. Sa amoa dili man na threat, normal ra man na nga risgo sa among kinabuhi (His enemy is the entire police in Region 7. That’s not a threat to us, risk to life is normal for us).”
Comendador further said, “Dili ma-discourage ang kapolisan kon dili labaw ning magpaisog sa ilaha (The police won’t be discouraged, it will instead embolden them).”
The police official said they have not received information that someone has replaced Jaguar, who was buried in Calamba Cemetery in Cebu City last Monday. An estimated crowd of 2,500 joined in the funeral.
New groups may have sprouted after Jaguar’s death, but Comendador said they are not that “solid.”
Comendador said they have sent investigators to Mindanao, Manila and Iloilo possible properties owned by suspected drug personalities including Jaguar.
He also received reports that a suspected drug lord is now in Macau.
Regional Intelligence Division Chief Rex Derilo went yesterday to the Anti-Money Laundering Council to inquire what steps would be taken to forfeit the properties, real estate, money and businesses of drug personalities.
Meanwhile, Cebu Provincial Police Office Director Clifford Gairanod said he instructed his operatives to shoot it out with drug pushers who engage them first.
Alvaro “Barok” Alvaro, one of the major players in the illegal drug trade in Cebu Province, surrendered to the National Bureau of Investigation 7 last week for fear of his life.
Former Cebu City mayor Michael Rama wants a deeper investigation to uncover the truth and put an end on insinuations that he was coddling Jaguar.
“That’s why I said it was best to have them arrested alive so they could be telling, but dead men tell no stories anymore,” he said in a press conference yesterday.
In a previous report, he denied allegations that he had received financial assistance from Jaguar and added that it’s his political rival, Mayor Tomas Osmeña, who should be answerable.
“Asa man mo ana? Hasta si Jaguar, ipasangil nako. Wala mo kuyapi? (Imagine, even Jaguar’s death is blamed on me. Are you out of your mind?) (Duljo-Fatima Barangay Captain) Elmer Abella, mosulti unsay ensakto nganong pasanginlan mi (will tell you why were accused),” Rama said in a privilege speech during the oath-taking rites of the winning Team Rama candidates.
In a separate report, Osmeña, in a press conference before he took oath last Tuesday, told reporters that Jaguar’s camp offered to finance his mayoral bid.
He, however, clarified that he turned it down, saying he was not the type to receive financial support from illegal means.
“Sa newspaper, niangkon nga gi-offeran, wala miangkon sa una pa. Pangutan-a ang mga tao kung mutuo ba nga wala ba niya dawata. Maong kinahanglan patyon (He only admitted in the newspaper recently but never before. Ask the people if they believe he never took it. That’s why Jaguar’s death was imperative),” Rama said.
Abella, on the other hand, claimed that Jaguar was firm with leaving the drug trade.
“The truth is, he stopped his business. In fact, I was one of those who appealed for him to stop because it’s the reason why our barangay’s under public scrutiny,” he said in Cebuano.
“We are accused as Jaguar’s protectors. But the truth is, he (Jaguar) spends for Osmeña every election,” he added.
Sought for comment, Osmeña said Abella’s statement would contradict his previous claims of not personally knowing Jaguar.
“One, he knows Jaguar. Two, he discussed the business with Jaguar. What does that establish?” he said.