Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief slams Acierto over claim

Aaron Aquino

PHILIPPINE Drug Enforcement Agency chair Director General Aaron N. Aquino yesterday brushed aside claims made by former Police Colonel Eduardo P. Acierto that he is a protector of Michael Yang, the erstwhile presidential economic adviser linked by  Acierto to the illegal drug trade.

“I am not Michael Yang’s protector. Acierto’s claim that I am a protector of Michael Yang is a blatant lie. His accusation is completely baseless,” said the PDEA chief as he defended himself from the charges hurled against him by Acierto, a former deputy director of the Philippine National Police Drug Enforcement Group.

“How can he say I am a protector when I forwarded Acierto’s intelligence report to Malacañang. I initiated investigations on Michael Yang’s activities from day one that I was told about it. In fact, until now my Regional Directors are still gathering data about him,” he added.

Currently in hiding, Acierto, a member of Philippine Military Academy Class 1989, is facing criminal charges for his alleged involvement in the smuggling of shabu discovered inside magnetic lifters inside the Manila International Container Port last year.

“I am clean. My conscience is clean. I can appear in any avenues to clear my name on this matter. I am also open to any investigation from other law enforcement agencies and investigating bodies,” the retired police general said.