Lacson: Alleged PDEA documents presented in Senate 'scrap of paper'

By Wilnard Bacelonia

May 14, 2024, 7:00 pm

<p>Former senator Panfilo Lacson <em>(PNA file photo)</em></p>

Former senator Panfilo Lacson (PNA file photo)

MANILA – Former and incumbent senators are unconvinced that the alleged leaked Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) pre-operation report and authority to operate were legitimate.

Former Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson, also former national police chief, described the documents presented at the ongoing Senate hearing into the so-called "PDEA leaks" as nothing but a “scrap of paper.”

“An agent can type an intelligence report. The said report was never submitted even for initial evaluation by his immediate superior. There is no official report on record. It is a scrap of paper. Ang daming inabalang tao (too many people were disturbed),” Lacson said.

Former Senator Antonio Trillanes claimed the Senate hearings were part of a "communications plan" to overthrow President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.

“'Yung hearing na ginagawa ni Bato dela Rosa sa Senado ay parte ng communications plan in connection with the ouster plot laban kay (The hearings being conducted by Bato dela Rosa is part of a communications plan in connection with the ouster plot against) President Marcos,” Trillanes said.

Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri said former PDEA agent Jonathan Morales has never shown evidence that corroborates his series of "unfounded" accusations during the hearings.

“Kailangan ng ebidensya. Hindi pwedeng sabi-sabi lang at pinapaalala natin ang halaga na mapagkakatiwalaang resources. Walang tsismis, walang pulitika, katotohanan lang (We need evidence. We do not allow hearsay and we are reminding the importance of reliable sources. No hearsay, no politics, just truth)," he added.

Morales, who is suspected to be behind the circulation of the alleged PDEA documents on social media, admitted to planting evidence in a drug operation, according to former PDEA Director General Arturo Cacdac Jr.

PDEA Legal and Prosecution Service acting director Francis del Valle also confirmed that the name "Bongbong Marcos alias Bonget," which was stated in the questionable documents, was never listed in their system. (PNA)