May history: NBI exec who owns lot of Catanduanes drug lab almost dismissed in 2003

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The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) official who is allegedly a key person behind the operation of the “mega-sized” drug laboratory in Catanduanes has a history of going against the law.

According to a Philippine Star article published on March 1, 2003, then-agent Eric Isidro was nearly dismissed due to his involvement in a shooting incident in Manila.

Isidro was reportedly charged with grave threats for accompanying one Tato Ampatuan, who shot the victim identified as Judy Agustin.

Curiously, Isidro was officially detailed in Cotabato in Mindanao at that time, so his presence in Manila raised the eyebrows of his superiors.

Fast forward to 2016, and Isidro–an NBI regional director–found himself relieved on the heels of the November 26 discovery of a “shabu” lab in Barangay Palta Small, Virac, Catanduanes.

Isidro allegedly owns the property where the clandestine drug lab was found.

Located near the main highway, the lab is allegedly capable of producing nearly 10 tons of shabu monthly. It is said to be the largest drug lab ever found in the Bicol region.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is currently probing Isidro as well as Catanduanes Governor Joseph Cua and Virac Mayor Samuel Laynes for their alleged involvement in the local drug trade.