Zambo drug lords’ billions of pesos bank accounts frozen PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 December 2015 11:51

City Police Director Sr. Supt. Angelito Casimiro announced on Monday that the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) has approved the police’s request to freeze 27 bank accounts worth billions of pesos belonging to suspected drug traffickers and pushers in Zamboanga City.

Some of the drug lords have already been arrested and jailed, while the rest have eluded arrest and are currently at large.

“I cannot tell you the exact total amount. All I can say the bank accounts are worth billions,” Casimiro said during the regular Monday press conference of Mayor Beng Climaco held together with the chief executive’s Media Christmas Party at Grand Astoria Hotel’s Celebrity Hall.

The city police chief said the frozen bank accounts, including  two US dollar accounts are now under forfeiture procedure in favor of the government.

A slide presentation showed the following drug suspects with their frozen bank accounts:

* Benilda Lao  — 2 BDO, 1 PNB, 2 Maybank, 2 dollar accounts, 2 insurance policy, 1 vehicle insurance

* Nimeira Cawanan (Wife of Arman Lao Usman) — 1 BDO and 1 PNB

* Al Najier Idjas — 1 PNB

* Pedzmar Lao — 1 BDO

* Danny Go — 1 BDO

Casimiro lamented that the anti-drug campaign in Zamboanga City is hindered by the lack of witnesses or reluctant witnesses to cooperate during drug raids.

He explained that police anti drug operations are required under the law to have witnesses present.

Casimiro said it was fortunate that two barangay officials agreed to stand as witnesses during Sunday’s raid that netted one kagawad, assorted guns and shabu.

According to Casimiro, the drug scenario in Zamboanga City is not as worse compared with other cities that have much bigger problem on the menace.

Figures presented during the press conference showed that only 46 percent of the 98 barangays in Zamboanga City face lesser risk on drugs.