Questions are being asked after the daughter of a convicted drug lord caught with shabu had VIP police protection.
Two officers were assigned to provide security to Diana Yu Uy, daughter of convicted “drug queen” Yuk Lai Uy.
Chief Superintendent Joel Crisostomo Garcia, Police Security and Protection Group head, said the younger Uy first applied for protective security in 2010, as she had been a kidnap-for-ransom victim in 2006.
The issue came to light after Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agents arrested Uy after shabu worth 10 million pesos was found in her condominium unit near the Malacañang Palace on Monday.
Hours earlier, drugs worth two million had been seized at the Correctional Institute for Women, where her 72-year-old mother is detained.
It is alleged that the daughter delivered drugs to the prison under the cover of being an official rice supplier.
Her alleged protectors have been identified as Police Officer 3 Walter Vidad and Police Officer 2 Faizal Sawadjaan.
Investigations are now underway into how they were assigned to her protection, and also whether they were involved in the drug business.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque vowed yesterday (Tuesday, November 7) that “no stone will be left unturned” to investigate the issue.
“We recognise that this is alarming that drugs were seized from a house very near Malacañang, and I assure you it will be investigated fully and that the perpetrators will be brought to justice,” he said.
It has also been alleged that Yuk Lai Uy has been paying the correctional facility’s one million peso monthly power bill.
Today, PDEA chief Aaron Aquino also claimed that the mother and daughter enjoyed close ties with “influential people”
He said: “Mother and daughter boast of their connections to influential people. In fact, many people are calling and speaking to them now.”
Police chief Ronald dela Rosa has now ordered the recall of all VIP police protection for revalidation and rechecking.