PDEA No. 2 official sacked amid missing P6.8-B shabu controversy

Rambo Talabong
PDEA No. 2 official sacked amid missing P6.8-B shabu controversy
Deputy Director General for Administration Ismael Fajardo is the highest-ranking government official implicated in the drug smuggling case


MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)’s own top 2 official, Deputy Director General for Administration Ismael Fajardo has been sacked for his suspected involvement in the alleged smuggling of P6.8-billion worth of shabu (methamphetamine) into the country.

This was announced in the House of Representatives committees on dangerous drugs and good government probe on Thursday, September 27 as lawmakers began to see links between Fajardo and the resigned Customs intelligence officer Jimmy Guban.

Asked by House dangerous drugs committee chairman Representative Robert Ace Barbers, PDEA chief Director General Aaron Aquino said he has already relieved Fajardo of his position and has ordered a “lifestyle check” on Fajardo.

Fajardo is the highest-ranking official so far sacked amid the shabu probe. (TIMELINE: The search for P6.8-B shabu ‘smuggled’ into PH)

Guban earlier in the hearing said that he and Fajardo have known each other for a long time—from being classmates at the Philippine College of Criminology to coordinating with each other in drug busts.

Guban has since then been implicated in the alleged smuggling of the suspected shabu shipment. He admitted that he received money from dismissed policeman Eduardo Acierto to look for the consignee-for-hire to receive the magnetic lifters shipment believed to be packed with one ton of shabu.

While a link between Guban and Fajardo has been established, it remains unclear whether they together engaged in illegal activities such as conspiring to make smuggling possible.

Before the controversy, Fajardo made a name for himself as the chief of the PDEA Metro Manila, regularly registering drug busts with low fatalities. – Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.