Fil-Am denies drug charges; Pajero examined
MANILA, Philippines - Filipino American Kevin Bryan Hills has denied that he was in possession of 10 kilos of shabu worth P50 million allegedly seized by elements of the Philippine National Police Anti-illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (AIDSOTF) last November 20 from him.
In his counter-affidavit filed during Monday's preliminary investigation hearing before the Department of Justice, Hills, 33, claimed that he was the "wrong target" of the AIDSOTF operation because the "real target" was supposedly a certain "Phil."
Hills also claimed there was no "test buy" between him and the operatives at 9 pm on November 7 since he was having dinner with relatives in Baclaran at the time to belatedly celebrate his birthday.
His camp also cast doubt on why the AIDSOTF conducted the actual raid on November 20, 13 days after the supposed November 7 "test buy" and 8 days after the search warrant was issued by the trial court on November 12.
Hills' counsel, Atty. Raymond Palad, challenged the AIDSOTF to lift fingerprints and DNA samples from the National Power Corp-owned Pajero with government plate no. SEP 825 where 9 kilos of the alleged shabu were recovered.
The Pajero was allegedly parked in a slot leased by Hills in Column Tower 2, Ayala Ave., Barangay Bel-Air, Makati City. The remaining 1 kilo was allegedly seized from Hill's condominium unit.
"Wala kang makikita nyan maging buhok ni Bryan... hindi niya ginamit yan o hinawakan. Never," Palad said.
The vehicle became controversial after it was found that it was the same vehicle a certain Atty. Antonio Mariano Almeda used during his stint as chief of staff of Rep. Juan Miguel "Mikey" Arroyo. Almeda, however, pointed out that he returned the vehicle to Napocor in 2009.
Prosecution Atty. Ana Doreen Devanadera, meantime, ordered for an actual inspection and stencil of the chassis and engine numbers of the subject Pajero which was brought to the DOJ.
"This is to compare the chassis and engine numbers with that indicated in the alleged OR-CR of the Pajero in the possession of AID-SOTF... to prove this is the same vehicle," Devanadera said.
Inquest proceedings on the drugs case were conducted on November 22. Hills asked for a full-blown preliminary investigation.