Tama na ang takas! House panel cites Joseph Cua in contempt, orders his arrest

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The House committee on dangerous drugs has cited Catanduanes Governor Joseph Cua in contempt for his failure to appear at the congressional hearing on the mega-shabu laboratory in his province.

Catanduanes Rep. Cesar Sarmiento moved to cite Cua and four others in contempt during the committee hearing Tuesday (October 10).

He noted that the governor has snubbed the three hearings that have been called on the shabu laboratory despite the committee’s investigation.

The others who will be ordered arrested for snubbing the investigation are judge Lelu Contreras, former Philippine National Police Region 5 director Melvin Ramon Buenafe; Lorenzo Piñera, the alleged caretaker of the shabu factory; and Cua’s employee Prince Lim Subion.

In November 2016, the Philippine National Police raided a large-scale shabu laboratory in Barangay Palta Small, Virac, Catanduanes. Cua denied he was involved in the drug trade after his name was dragged into the discovery of the property.

But during the congressional hearings, it was found out that Cua had talked with the laboratory’s alleged owner, a certain Paulo Uy.

Contreras, meanwhile, delayed the issuance of a search warrant for the laboratory for unknown reasons by visiting the premises first.