Involvement in drug syndicates and not politics is the result of a preliminary re-investigation into the true reason behind the death of ex Quezon governor Raffy Nantes. This is the result of a confidential finding made by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) upon orders by Department of Justice secretary Leila de Lima.
Findings will be released soon.
It will be recalled that the ex-Governor’s wife, Betty Nantes asked the DOJ for a re-investigation into the cause of her husband’s death last May 17, 2010. The former governor was killed in a helicopter crash.
Days before his death, there were rumours that Nantes was put in the list of suspected narco-politicians by the PDEA or the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. Nantes allegedly colluded with drug lords in his province to reportedly amass money to finance his re-election bid. More than 100 million pesos reportedly changed hands in Quezon during the elections. Despite his money, Nantes lost the elections by a wide margin.
A week after the elections, Nantes was killed when his helicopter crashed in a subdivision in Lucena. One girl was killed in the process, along with three of his close associates. Several sources say the Nantes family reportedly failed to pay civil damages against those who got killed that day.
A year after, widow Betty Nantes urged President Aquino to reinvestigate ex governor’s death.