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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, January 28, 2019
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‘Officials protecting drug lords’


A former drug courier surfaced and named several police officers, government officials and a mayor who, she claimed, are protecting drug lords in Negros Occidental.

The woman, 33, who requested that her identity be withheld for security reasons, said the mayor has been threatening her life many times, prompting her to face the media at a press conference at the Negros Press Club in Bacolod City, Saturday.

She said she has knowledge of the illegal drug trade in Negros Occidental because she was personally handling the delivery of shabu supply under the Ramos Drug Group to different government officials and pushers since 2001 and had stopped only in 2014.

Jessie Ramos, the head of the drug group, she said, is her godfather.

In her 4-page affidavit, the woman named seven government officials, mostly from central and southern Negros and 19 police officers, and explained their roles in the drug syndicate.

She said she has been hiding for three years, after the mayor got the copy of her affidavit, that she submitted to the former regional director of the then Police Regional Office-18 under the Negros Island Region in 2016.

The woman added that she came out to disclose details about the drug syndicate and the mayor who is the “umbrella” of all drug lords, hoping that the news could reach President Rodrigo Duterte and he would act on the matter.*


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