At around 4am on Monday morning, November 6, 2017, operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), and the Philippine National Police-National Capital Region Police Office (PNP-NCRPO) conducted a raid against Yu Yuk Lai, a convicted drug queen, in the Correctional Institute for Women in Mandaluyong Ciy. The police operation was done based on information that Yu Yuk Lai was still involved in drug trade despite her detention. Yu Yuk Lai was detained in 1998 and convicted in 2001 after selling three kilograms of shabu during a buy-bust operation.
PDEA operatives seized from Yu Yuk Lai more than P15 million worth of shabu including two kilos of suspected shabu in packs and jars worth P4.5 million; 135 grams of suspected shabu sewn in 27 pieces of panty liners worth P945,000; one million pieces of empty capsules; and a million pieces of capsules containing suspected drugs. Also recovered were 19 pieces of checks amounting to P633,593 and a blank check book; five ATM cards; and a bank account with a deposit of P1,501,934.36. Yu Yuk Lai, however, denied the existence of shabu in her cell, saying, “Meron shabu? Wala, totoo wala ‘yun! Walang shabu dito. Prisoner dito, walang shabu.”
Daughter of convicted drug queen with cop bodyguard, raided in her Manila condo
Three hours after the raid in the Correctional Institute, the condo of Yu Yuk Lai’s daughter, Diana Yu, was raided, yielding two kilos of shabu worth P10 million. Further investigation revealed that she was able to sneak illegal drugs into the Correctional Institute, where her mother was detained, because she had a special VIP access, being one of the contracted suppliers for the catering facilities in the prison.
During Diana Yu’s raid, Police Officer 3 Walter Vidad from the Police Security and Protection Group (PSPG) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) was present and discovered as Diana Yu’s security detail. PSPG’s mandate is to provide security and protection to VIPS (very important persons), namely national government officials, foreign dignitaries and certain private individuals approved by the PNP.
PNP-PSPG head Chief Superintendent Joel Crisostomo Garcia confirmed that it assigned police officers to secure the daughter of convicted drug dealer Yu Yuk Lai. Garcia, however, claimed that his office was unaware that Diana Yu was the daughter of a convicted drug lord and that she herself was involved in the illegal drug trade. Diana Yu applied for a security detail with PNP in 2010 after she was abducted and kidnapped with her sister Joann in 2006 in Edsa Central Mall, Shaw Boulevard. Yu’s application was granted in 2014 because of the threat to her life, and she has enjoyed PNP security detail since. It is still unclear how the PNP’s Directorate for Intelligence check did not show hits for Diana Yu’s mother, Yu Yuk Lai, who was convicted in 2001.
In all, the PDEA collected shabu worth P15.4 million from mother and daughter. This big operation comes a month after President Rodrigo Duterte transferred the war on drugs to the PDEA from the hands of the Philippine National Police (PNP).