2 suspects fall in Quezon City drug buy-bust

Robie de Guzman   •   May 21, 2019   •   834

Two alleged drug peddlers were found in possession of suspected shabu estimated to be worth P54,000.

Two suspected drug peddlers led police on a chase through a market in Barangay Commonwealth in Quezon City during a buy-bust operation early Tuesday morning (May 21).

Operatives of the Drug Enforcement Unit of the Batasan Police Station in Quezon City launched the intel-driven anti-illegal drug operation, targeting a certain alias Toto.

But while the illegal sale of drugs was being executed, the two other drug sellers who came with Toto, identified as Rey Mercano and Mojahed Tahir, sensed that they were dealing with cops.

This led to a confrontation, with Mercano and Tahir taking off while alias Toto managed to evade arrest.

“Na-consummate po ‘yung palitan ng droga kaso lang nung nalaman nung mga suspek na pulis pala ‘yung katransaksyon nila, bali nagpaputok po ‘yung may 3-2 (baril), si alyas Toto,” said Police Lt. Harry Basilla, chief of Intel/Drug Enforcement Unit of the Batasan Police Station.

Mercano and Tahir tried to get away from cops while on board a vehicle but were later apprehended along Tandang Sora Avenue.

The pursuit ended when the tires of the suspects’ getaway vehicle were busted by bullets fired by police officers.

“Makikipagkita daw po kami. Tapos yun po, makikipagkita kami sa kukuha niyan, ng drugs, ta’s ‘yun po tapos bigla pong dumating yung mga pulis. Bigla pong natakot po kami, nataranta po kami sir eh. Tumakbo po kami hanggang dito po kami umabot,” Mercano said.

Recovered from the suspected were eight grams of suspected shabu estimated to be worth P54,000.

Mercano and Tahir will face charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

A manhunt operation has been launched for alias Toto. (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

BAI confirms African Swine Fever in QC

UNTV News   •   September 20, 2019

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) confirmed on Friday (September 20) Mayor Joy Belmonte’s previous announcement on African Swine Fever (ASF) cases in two barangays in the city.

Out of the 45 blood samples from pigs in Barangays Bagong Silangan and Payatas submitted to the BAI, 35 test results were returned and 21 of them tested positive for ASF.

Earlier today, Mayor Belmonte met with hog growers to discuss the planned culling operations in the affected areas.

Based on the protocol, all pigs within the one kilometer radius from ground zero or the site where the virus was first detected, shall be culled.

Belmonte assured hog growers that a budget of P10M for financial assistance will be allotted for ASF-affected areas in the city.

The amount of compensation for each pig culled will be P3,000.

Pag namatay ang iyong baboy, wala kayong makukuha tulong mula sa lungsod Quezon, (If your pigs died, you will not get anything from the city government),” Belmonte said.

Kung buhay pa ang iyong baboy at ilapit nyo na sa amin, kayo ay makakatanggap ng financial assistance sa bawat baboy ng P3,000 (If the hogs are still alive and you reported them to us, you will receive financial assistance from us amounting to P3,000 per live pig),” she added.

Based on reported statistics, there are about 2,000 hogs currently being bred in Barangay Payatas while Bagong Silangan has 900 pigs.

Mayor Belmonte noted, however, that they cannot determine the exact number of pigs being raised across the city given that the local government has already banned backyard hog raising.

The Mayor reiterated her warning against those who would attempt to conceal their infected pigs or try to dispose them irresponsibly.

“Kung itatapon niyo sa creek ay idedemanda ko kayo (If you dump them in creeks, I will sue you),” she warned.

“Kung itatakas niyo idedemanda ko kayo (If you try to bring them somewhere else, I will also sue you), the Mayor said. — MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

Erratum: An earlier version of this article quoted Quezon City government’s earlier statement which said that out of the 45 blood samples from Barangay Payatas and Barangay Bagong Silangan sent to BAI, eight appeared positive for ASF.

Police seize P204-million suspected shabu in Pasig City condominium

Robie de Guzman   •   September 17, 2019

30 kilograms of illegal drugs sealed in Chinese tea packets confiscated by authorities in Pasig City on September 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Some P204-million worth of suspected shabu (crystal meth) were confiscated by authorities during a raid on a rented condominium unit in Pasig City on Monday.

Joint operatives of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) stormed the condominium unit in Barangay Rosario at past 7 p.m. following information that this was being used as a warehouse for illegal drugs.

Authorities nabbed a suspect, identified as Manolito Lugo Carlos alias “Lito” and “Tonge,” who was allegedly working for a detainee at the New Bilibid Prisons.

He acts as the main distributor of the said illegal drugs in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

“Tayo’y naniniwala na wala namang droga sa loob ng Bilibid. Walang droga doon unlike doon sa mga impormasyon or mga revelation before. Pero just the same, doon pa rin nanggagaling ang utos, ang mga order kung saan, kailan, kanino, paano dadalhin, idi-distribute–saan kukunin itong mga items, saan dadalhin itong mga items,” NCRPO chief Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said.

Recovered from the suspect was a total of 30 kilograms of illegal drugs sealed in Chinese tea packets which were similar to illegal drugs confiscated by authorities in previous operations.

The arrested suspect, who was brought to the NCRPO office, will face charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

QC gov’t starts culling of pigs after samples test positive for African Swine Fever

Marje Pelayo   •   September 16, 2019

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The city government has begun culling operations within the one-kilometer radius from ground zero or the location where pigs positive for African Swine Fever (ASF) were discovered.

So far, a total of 50 pigs have been culled.

According to Mayor Joy Belmonte, they have taken several samples from live and dead subjects of which 14 tested positive for ASF in Barangay Bagong Silangan.

Belmonte clarified that the tested animals were not among those discovered floating in a creek which were of unknown origin.

The Mayor stressed that backyard hog raising is not allowed in the city as they have no agricultural land and they have ordered a phase out of backyard hog raising even before reports of ASF surfaced.

“Nagbigay na ako ng order na maaga pa lang mag-phaseout na sila, (Even before, I have ordered them to phase out their pigs),” she said.

“Within 6 months actually that was the time period that I gave para mabigyan din naman sila ng pagkakataon to get back yung puhunan nila doon sa kanilang inaalagaang baboy, (to give them time to get back what they have spent for the pigs they were raising,)” she added.

The city government is confident of immediately addressing the issue following the result of the tests in collaboration with the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI).

Mayor Belmonte also responded to the issue regarding premature announcement of the tests relative to ASF.

“I take the stand na siyempre local government official tayo. (I take the stand as a local government official). May responsibilidad and obligation tayo sa ating mga mamamayan, hindi pwede yung wait ang see pa, (I have the responsibility and obligation to our constituents, we cannot just wait and see),” she noted.

“Kung kalusugan na ang pinaguusapan natin, (When it comes to health) I would like to protect our citizens, ang mga existing na mga baboy pa na para hindi sila mainfect, (as well as the existing (living) hogs that are not yet infected,)” she concluded. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

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