PNP chief: Police officers linked to 'drug queen's daughter will be removed

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 8) — Two police officers who served as security detail for a daughter of a jailed "drug queen" will be removed from the force following allegations of bribes, said Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa on Wednesday.

The two officers, PO2 Faizal Sawadjaan and PO3 Walter Vidad, were accused of accepting up to P30,000 a month from Diana Yu Uy, the 40-year old daughter of Yuk Lai Yu. Yu, 72, has been detained in jail since 2000 on drug charges.

"Alam na pala nitong pulis na ito, hindi man lang pinagbigay-alam, hindi nag-report sa kanyang immediate superior, then they are administratively liable for serious neglect of duty," Dela Rosa said in a press conference in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

"Sisiguruhin ko talaga na matatanggal sa serbisyo etong mga pulis na ito dahil, apparently, nag-enjoy na sila sa allowance na binibigay ni Diana sa kanila," he added.

[Translation: These police officers knew that Diana was the daughter of Yu, but they did not let us know, they didn't even report to the immediate superior, then they are administratively liable for serious neglect of duty. And for that, I will make sure that these officers will be removed from service, because apparently, they are enjoying the allowance Diana was giving them.]

Sawadjaan had been assigned to Uy since 2010, while Vidad had been with her since 2013, Dela Rosa said.

Uy and Yu were nabbed in separate anti-drug operations on November 6.

Members of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Philippine National Police, and Bureau of Corrections conducted an operation against Yu in the Correctional Institution for Women in Mandaluyong City.

Seized were 135 grams of suspected shabu, capsules of suspected illegal drugs, cash amounting to almost P1 million, checks, ATM cards and gadgets.

Hours after the operation in the correctional facility, authorities said they searched the condominium unit of the daughter Uy along General Solano Street in San Miguel, Manila, where they confiscated two kilograms of suspected shabu worth P10 million.

They have yet to establish if the two police officers benefited directly from the illegal drug trade, Dela Rosa said.

Uy was able to get police protection because she was a victim of kidnap-for-ransom, but she failed to note her relationship to the alleged drug queen, the police chief said.

"Talagang na-establish na may threat sa kanyang buhay. And hindi naman niya nilagay du'n sa kanyang data na anak siya ni Yuk Lai Yu. Had we known na anak siya ni Yuk Lai Yu, hindi talaga natin niya pagbigyan," he said.

[Translation: It was established that there was a threat to her life. But she didn't include in her data that she is the daughter of Yuk Lai Yu. Had we known she was the daughter of Yuk Lai Yu, we would never have granted her (police protection).]