- Published on Thursday, 20 September 2012 00:00
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PHILIPPINE Drug Enforcement Agency chief Jose Gutierrez Jr. yesterday said Carlos Gadapan, his former No. 3 man, should present his evidence to the NBI instead of making allegations in the media.
Gadapan was relieved from his post in PDEA last September 6 for loss of confidence of the President.
Gadapan said Gutierrez orchestrated his ouster after he disclosed that Gutierrez’ wife was hooked on gambling and was losing heavily allegedly using PDEA funds.
Gutierrez said he had nothing to do with President Aquino’s relief of Gadapan.
He said he has been submitting periodic operational reports to the President, which the latter uses to evaluate performance, but he said these reports were “highly classified.”
“Kung may sumbong ako laban sa kanya (Gadapan) ito ay vina-validate ng Pangulo sa ibang ahensiya at hindi naman dahil sa sumbong ko lang,” Gutierrez said.
He said Gadapan made up the story that his wife is a high roller.
He said PDEA’s anti-illegal drugs operations suffered because its budget was slashed by P100 million this year, and not because they are being gambled away by his wife.
Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Gadapan’s relief was carefully studied and had basis.
He, however, said the Palace could not elaborate on the cause of Gadapan’s relief at the moment. – Raymond Africa and Jocelyn Montemayor