By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK
PHILIPPINE Drug Enforcement Agency operatives arrested a 63-year old Indian national Saturday after he tried to bribe them with PhP1 million in exchange for the freedom and dropping of illegal drugs charge against his son and his companion.
PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino said Nari Kishinchand was apprehended inside the PDEA-Special Enforcement Section office immediately after he offered the bribe for the release of his son Rajiv Gidwani and companion Jeremiah Alero Carillo. He added that the sexagenarian will be charged with violation of Article 212 (Corruption of Public Officer) of the Revised Penal Code.
“I would like to commend our agents for their exemplary behavior in declining the bribe. This demonstrates that moral integrity ranks high among us,” the PDEA chief said.
Meanwhile, records showed that Gidwani and Carillo were nabbed early Friday evening in Alabang Hills Village, Cupang, Muntinlupa City during a buy-bust operation that yielded 13 transparent plastic sachets containing round dried flowering tops suspected to be kush, a hybrid marijuana variety, weighing 20.5 grams and worth PhP20,500; one silver sachet containing brownish substance suspected to be hashish, a marijuana resin, weighing 25 grams with an estimated street value of PhP600,000; two small bottles of suspected liquid ecstasy, weighing 20 ml. worth PhP8,000; one transparent bottle containing suspected kush, weighing more or less 15 grams worth P15,000; one small container containing residue of suspected marijuana; one glass pipe containing residue of suspected marijuana; one disposable lighter; one disposable lighter; and two mobile phones.
Aquino said a subsequent implementation of a search warrant two hours later in Gidwani’s house, also in Alabang Hills Village, also resulted in the confiscation of 163 pieces of suspected ecstasy tablets worth PhP417,500, two transparent plastic sachets of suspected kush, weighing more or less 11 grams worth PhP11,000, and assorted drug paraphernalia.
“The total estimated market value of seized illegal drugs during the two operations is P1,072,000,” Aquino said.
Aquino also said Gidwani and Carillo, who are presently under the custody of PDEA-SES, will be charged in court with violation of Article II, Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs), Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs) and Section 12 (Possession of drug Paraphernalia) and Section 26 (Conspiracy to Sell) of Republic Act 9165 (the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002).