PHP 10-M bounty for ex-cop who claims Duterte’s economic adviser had links to drug trade

Former police officer, Eduardo Acierto, who claimed while in hiding that President Duterte’s Chinese economic adviser Michael Yang is linked to the illegal drug trade, is wanted by Malacañang so that a PHP10-million reward for his arrest has been offered.

Even Acierto’s coddlers and protectors, suspected of helping him elude capture despite a warrant issued by a Manila court for his alleged involvement in the importation of shabu concealed in magnetic lifters, are the objects of a manhunt by authorities.

A former police senior superintendent, Acierto was also deputy director for administration of the elite Drug Enforcement Group (DEG) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) who last month appeared before select members of the media and revealed that Yang was involved in the illegal drug trade, along with another Chinese national close to Duterte, Allan Lim.

Before he went into hiding after he was linked to the multi-billion shabu shipment at Customs, Acierto said he filed a police report on the alleged illegal activities of Yang and Lim. But he claimed the PNP officials and Malacañang sat on the report, thus implying that Duterte tolerated these nefarious activities when they involve people close to him.

Justice Sec. Menardo Guevarra said, “The bounty is from Malacañang, so I’m not privy to where it will be sourced. It’s not from the Justice Department because it’s certainly larger than what the DOJ could offer,” Guevarra told reporters.

Guevarra said the Justice Department is not focused on the reward money because his agency’s focus is on Acierto’s coddlers and protectors.

“(His coddlers will be) wherever Acierto may be found hiding and brought to inquest immediately,” he stressed.

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PHP 10-M bounty for ex-cop who claims Duterte’s economic adviser had links to drug trade
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