MANILA - The Department of Justice on Thursday took custody of former Customs intelligence agent Jaime Guban who was tagged in the alleged P11-billion drug slip involving the bureau.
The Office of the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms confirmed that Guban, sporting a bullet-proof vest, was taken by officers of the DOJ Witness Protection Program at around 12:30 p.m.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra earlier said Guban was admitted to the witness protection program after the recommendation by the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee.
"As to his whereabouts, top secret. He will be protected till he testifies in court and threats to his personal safety have become manageable," said Guevarra.
Guban was tagged in the release of 4 magnetic lifters allegedly containing shabu. But he earlier claimed that he tried to block it upon learning about the drugs from Senior Supt. Eduardo Acierto.
The 4 magnetic lifters were eventually found empty in General Mariano Alvarez, Cavite three days after Customs personnel busted similar-looking lifters at a Manila port.
Before he was taken by the DOJ, Guban was under the protective custody of the Senate as the Blue Ribbon Committee held a series of hearings on the issue.
The Senate first cited Guban in contempt and detained him for giving conflicting statements during its investigation but this changed when he started revealing details of the case. --report from Mike Navallo and Dexter Ganibe, ABS-CBN News