A former official of the National Bureau of Investigation implicated in the mega shabu laboratory operation in Catanduanes will be arraigned today before a Makati City regional trial court after the Supreme Court ordered the transfer of his criminal case in June.
The Department of Justice on Sunday said former NBI Region 7 Dir. Augusto Eric Isidoro will face Makati City RTC Branch 62 for arraignment.
He was charged with violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act in connection with his alleged involvement in the shabu laboratory where authorities seized about P100 million worth of shabu and ephedrine in November 2016.
Isidoro, who has been detained at the Makati City Jail, has been charged with conspiracy to manufacture illegal drugs along with four other accused who remain at large, namely: Xian Xian Wang, Pido Bonito, Paolo Uy and Jayson Uy.
The other arrested accused, Lorenzo Piñera II, will stand trial for cases of possession and manufacture of illegal drugs along with five other accused who are also still at large—the Uys, Paolo Palisoc, Phung Yuan Estorco and Sheng Wang.
Of the accused, only Isidoro and Piñera have been arrested so far and detained at the city jail, according to Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Juan Pedro Navera, head of the Justice department’s Task Force on Illegal Drugs Cases.
Navera said RTC Branch 62 Judge Selma Palacio-Alaras, who earlier convicted Canadian nationals James Riach and Ali Memar Shirazi in a P100-million drug possession case in February, will hear the case against Isidoro and company.
Earlier, the Supreme Court ordered the transfer of this case from Virac RTC to Makati RTC upon the request of the DOJ, which cited alleged “political connections” of some of the accused in the province.