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2 African Drug Syndicate members nabbed by PDEA in Cavite

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

 

Based on the intelligence report, the two African Drug Syndicate (ADS) members are allegedly involved in the wide distribution of shabu in Bicol Region and Calabarzon.

 

MANILA, Philippines — Eleven sachets of suspected shabu were confiscated by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in two Nigerians who are alleged members of African Drug Syndicate (ADS) in an entrapment operation in Bacoor, Cavite last Friday afternoon.

The sachets were hidden inside cellphone charger adapter.

However, only two of the 11 sachets contained shabu while others contained a chemical compound that was not classified as a dangerous drug based on the screening and confirmatory test made by PDEA.

“Ang assessment ng PDEA, indeed nagkakahirapan ng suplay ng shabu kaya nandadaya na ang mga tao, itong mga pusher,” said PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino.

(PDEA’s assessment reveals that supply of shabu is indeed getting harder to find that’s why pushers are forced to fake it.)

The suspects were identified as Agu Austin Chukwuebuka and Nkwocha Chimaobi.

They fully denied the allegations against them.

“I’m just a student. I don’t know anything about this,” said Chukwuebuka.

“I don’t know anything about the drug. This is my first time to see drugs. I don’t do any illegal business, I’m a student of course and I’m sponsored by my family,” said Chimaobi.

Based on the intelligence report, the two ADS members are allegedly involved in the wide distribution of shabu in Bicol Region and Calabarzon.

They are facing charges for violating Section 5 of Article 2 of Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The operatives found the two after apprehending suspected big-time drug lord, Olivia Encinas, as well as two other ADS members during the previous year. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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13 NPA rebels surrender in Batangas

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Thirteen members of the New People’s Army (NPA) operating in Cavite and Batangas have decided to return to the government fold after experiencing hardship, starvation and false hope under the terrorist group.

They officially laid down their arms on August 14 at the Office of the Presidential Adviser in Tanauan, Batangas and enrolled in the administration’s Enhanced Comprehensive Localalized Integration Program (E-CLIP).

Under the program, former rebels will be given livelihood and scholarship for their children to help them start a new life

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said past administrations had reintegration efforts as well, but were unable to sustain them.

“Kaya nagkaroon ng sama ng loob yung mga nagbalik loob. Yung iba sa kanila baka bumalik sa bundok dahil hindi natupad ng pamahalaan ang kanilang pangako,” explained Lorenzana.

(The rebel returnees felt bad. Some of them may have returned to the mountains because the government back then did not fulfill its promises.)

He said this time, the  enhanced integration program of the Duterte administration brings together key government agencies to provide a comprehensive support to returnees.  Among the major benefits they stand to enjoy is the housing program which is seen to support the initiative’s sustainability.

After taking an oath of allegiance, the former rebels were granted P60,000 each and the cash equivalent of surrendered firearms as seed money to help jumpstart their reintegration into society.

Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said that the E-CLIP and localized peace talks are more effective in achieving reconciliation than negotiating with the leadership of CPP-NPA abroad.

“Wala na tayong international o national peace talks dahil sa loob ng tatlumpung taon walang nangyari sa peace talks,” said Año. “Ang nangyari lang, nakawala ang kanilang mga kasama bumalik sa bundok at tuloy-tuloy ang labanan.”

The ex-NPA members will temporarily stay in a secured facility of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to undergo orientation.

“Para dahan dahan silang makapamuhay ng normal. Kasi siyempre nung nadoon sila sa bundok halos araw-araw sila nag-move, palipat-lipat,” explained Major General Rhoderick Parayno, commander of the 2nd Infantry Batallion.

Secretary Lorenzana is hoping that more rebels will return to the government so that the country, unhampered by insurgency, can continue moving towards progress.

“Ang ating bayan hindi makaangat.… pag nawala ito [insurgency] siguro at bumaba na sila [rebels] at magawa natin silang useful sa society, lahat tayo ay uunlad din,” he said. – Sherwin Culubong

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Esperanza Bridge in Alfonso, Cavite remains closed following collapse

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, August 13th, 2018

 

Esperanza Bridge in Cavite

 

CAVITE, Philippines – The 25-year-old Esperanza Bridge in the town of Alfonso in Cavite remains closed to traffic following its collapse on Saturday (August 11).

According to authorities, soil erosion caused the bridge easement and abutment to give, thereby splitting the bridge in two.

No casualty was reported in the incident.

Motorists and residents are advised to take alternative routes and security and safety measures were placed.

The bridge, which served as a short-cut route to Tagaytay City, was built in 1993. — Benedict Samson / Marje Pelayo

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Narco cop killed in Quezon anti-drug op

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, August 9th, 2018

Slain narco cop Ian Rey Abitona

Two days after President Rodrigo Duterte warned over a hundred “scalawag” police officers at Malacañang, a narco cop was killed on Thursday (August 8), after resisting arrest during a buy-bust operation conducted by the Counter Intelligence Task Force (CITF), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Quezon Provincial Police Station.

The slain police was identified as PO2 Ian Rey Abitona of Infanta Municipal Office Station.

CITF commander PSSupt Romeo Caramat said that the warning of the President had nothing to do with the killing of the rogue police.

Caramat added that Abitona has long been under surveillance operation after he was reported to have been recycling and selling seized illegal drugs.

Abitona has also been known to use civilian assets in selling illegal drugs.

“Kanina nga gumawa tayo ng buy-bust operations at PO2 Abitona opted to fight it out with police operatives when he saw that he was transacting with the police-poseur buyer. Pero ayaw naman sana namin mangyari ito but we cannot do anything but to defend ourselves,” said the commander.

The CITF chief said that Abitona would even blatantly deal drugs while in uniform.

Caramat warned rogue cops like Abitona:

“My advice to our fellow policemen doing illegal activities is to stop immediately; otherwise I can say that their days are numbered.”

Abitona had been assigned to the illegal drugs unit in Quezon Provincial Police Office because of an earlier involvement in illegal drugs.

He is the fourth police officer killed in a CITF operation for resisting arrest. The group has made 20 arrests since Caramat took office as the CITF chief on June 8.

A thousand more police officers are listed as targets in succeeding operations. — Lea Ylagan

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