PDEA chief leaves fate up to PNoy

Posted at 09/18/12 4:26 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Jose Gutierrez said he is willing to resign if President Benigno Aquino III no longer has confidence in him. 

This, after his deputy, Carlos Gadapan, was fired by Aquino due to “loss of confidence.” Gadapan thereafter made a series of interviews with members of the media accusing Gutierrez of corruption, irregularity and other issues like his wife's alleged gambling addiction. The Gutierrez couple supposedly now owes millions of pesos to casino financiers. 

Gutierrez has denied the allegations, saying it is best for everyone to wait for the results of the investigation of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

He said that during last Monday's flag raising ceremony at the PDEA, members of the NBI went to their headquarters to investigate allegations of irregularity and other issues that have already reached Malacanang and the Department of Justice. 

He said he had ordered PDEA personnel to cooperate with the NBI. 

Gutierrez also denied allegations he lobbied for Gadapan’s removal from office.