“PDEA leader hits 3 Chinese drug lords released, claims clemency plea dismissed by the agency”

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The head of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said Thursday it dismissed the executive clemency plea of 3 of 4 later released Chinese drug lords due to excellent behavior credits, which are facing legality issues.

In September 1991, PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino said the Chinese convicts were caught smuggling some 30 kilos of shabu inside their luggage at the primary airport in the country.

The PDEA opposed the executive clemency plea of 3 of the suspects in a letter to the Board of Pardons and Parole in February owing to the gravity of their offense.

The Chinese citizens — Chan Chit Yue, Kin San Ho, Ching Che, and Wu Hing Sum — were released last week, said Sen. Panfilo Lacson, owing to a decent time allowance for behavior (GCTA). GCTA enables inmates to be released early on good behaviour.

In a distinct DZMM interview, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra ordered immigration officials to suspend the deportation proceedings for the four Chinese convicts, Lacson observed.

Lawmakers started investigating the implementation of the GCTA this week after reports that it could benefit Antonio Sanchez, Calauan’s former mayor, Laguna, who was convicted in 1995 for the rape of college student Eileen Sarmenta and her companion Allan Gomez’s murder.

Just sacked Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director-General Nicanor Faeldon said Tuesday that he had signed an August memorandum recommending the release of Sanchez.

Faeldon said he also signed instructions for release last month for three males convicted of Marijoy and Jacqueline Chiong’s rape-slay in 1997.

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