P6.4B shabu: Case vs middlemen refiled, NBI still not involved

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Justice (DOJ) refiled its drug importation charges against Customs fixer Mark Taguba and other middlemen over the smuggling of a P6.4 billion shabu shipment.

This revives the charges against the middlemen previously dismissed by the Valenzuela Regional Trial Court (RTC) for lack of jurisdiction.

Meanwhile, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is still not involved as the Department of Justice (DOJ) resolves an appeal by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to reinstate the charges against former Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon.

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The DOJ refiled the charges before the Manila RTC, Justice Undersecretary Erickson Balmes announced on Thursday, January 25.

The charge sheet, dated January 23, was filed against Taguba, middleman Kenneth Dong and 7 others namely: 

Lian Buan

Lian Buan covers justice and corruption for Rappler. She is interested in decisions, pleadings, audits, contracts, and other documents that establish a trail. If you have leads, email lian.buan@rappler.com or tweet @lianbuan.

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