More cops named in drug suspect's supplemental statement

MORE policemen were named in the supplemental affidavit of Negros Island Region (NIR) top drug suspect Ricky Serenio.

The affidavit was subscribed before 4th Municipal Circuit Trial Court Judge Noel Damian at Pulupandan town in Negros Occidental on March 10.

In his affidavit, Serenio mentioned eight policemen, including five commissioned officers, assigned at Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office and Bacolod City Police Office, who were allegedly receiving protection money from their group.

He also implicated an official of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Bacolod in the illegal drug trade.

Serenio, who is believed to be the bagman of Berya drug group, said the law enforcers were receiving P10,000 to P50,000 protection money every week from their group.

He also said a top-ranking police official in the province is receiving a monthly payola of P1.2 million from drug lords.

On January 13, Serenio executed an affidavit detailing how police officials and other law enforcers were involved in the drug trade.

He also implicated retired Chief Superintendent Conrado Capa, former director of PRO-Negros Island Region, and Senior Superintendent William Señoron, acting director of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office.

Both Capa and Señoron had denied the allegations.

Serenio was arrested on January 8 at Talisay City when he was served a warrant for grave coercion.

The drug suspect was released from detention on Thursday after he posted P720,000 in bail for charges on illegal possession of firearms and explosives, and grave coercion.

He was placed under the custody of Moises Padilla Mayor Magdaleno Peña, a Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency consultant, and his son Pulupandan Mayor Miguel Peña after his arrest three months ago. (MPE)