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Manila court denies Taguba’s plea to post bail

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Alleged customs fixer Mark Ruben Taguba II has been denied bail on Thursday (March 14) by the Manila regional trial court (RTC) over charges concerning the smuggling of P6.4 billion worth shabu in 2017.

The court has issued a resolution which turned down his motion seeking bail due to strength of the evidence against him.

At this point, prosecution was able to establish that the evidence against Accused Mark Ruben Taguba II and Eirine Mae Tatad to be strong both as to importation of illegal drugs as well as the conspiracy of the accused to further said act,” read the court’s resolution.

Because of this, Taguba will continue to be detained in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed the case against him and his co-accused back in January 2018 which accused them of importation of illegal drugs.

The case stemmed from the discovery of the shabu shipment at the warehouse of one of the accused, businessman Richard Tan, in Valenzuela City on May 2017.

The shabu shipment managed to enter the country through the Bureau of Customs (BOC) after being declared as kitchenware, footwear and moldings.

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