MANILA, Philippines-A woman allegedly involved in illegal drug trafficking has ties to two of the police officers-Senior Insp. Oliver Villanueva and dismissed Insp. Marco Polo Estrera-involved in the robbery-abduction incident on Edsa on Sept. 1, said a former officer of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
The woman is a certain Norminda Galo, who operates in Cagayan de Oro, Iligan and Lanao del Sur, according to the Inquirer source.
"She is their contact. She provides the information on whom to extort from and abduct, and the team of rogue police officers carry out the mission disguised as a police operation," said the former PDEA officer, who spoke on the condition that he not be identified in the meantime.
He said that when he learned that there was a woman involved in the Edsa robbery and abduction, he was certain that the woman was none other than Galo.
"It's their usual modus operandi and they haven't stopped," the former PDEA officer said.
Could the woman be the same woman who last spoke with Samanodin Abdul Gafur, one of two men in the white Fortuner that was waylaid and commandeered to the La Loma Police Station in Quezon City?
Jinkee Dimaporo, lawyer for Gafur and Camal Mama, said Amira Salik was the name of the woman given by Gafur.
"But Ustadz is not sure if that is indeed her real name. He added that the woman was with a younger person who was his former neighbour in Lanao del Sur," Dimaporo told the Inquirer.
Enough info on officers
The source told the Inquirer that the PDEA had enough information linking Galo to Villanueva and Estrera.