20 minors rescued during PDEA’s Oplan Sagip Batang Solvent
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Friday, June 14th, 2019
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has rescued 20 children under their Oplan Sagip Batang Solvent in Novaliches, Quezon City on Thursday (June 13).
PDEA launched the program to protect the youth from using illegal substances and also due to the increasing number of out-of-school youth.
“The country is confronted with the fear of losing its hope, the youth. If we let them roam the streets, they will be the future enemy of the State,” Aquino pointed out,” according to PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino.
Some of the minors rescued admitted they are using solvent, a type of prohibited substance.
The rescued minors who will test positive of substance abuse will undergo rehabilitation. They will also be sheltered by the Quezon City Social Services Development Department.
Youth Development Officer III, Quezon City Social Services Development Department (SSDD) Adronico Metran said there should be cooperation, not just from the parents, but also from the community to help these children.
“Hindi lang po iyan ganoon kadali ang solution kasi dapat may participation ng lahat ng tao hindi lang po ang sabi nating parents, mahirap iyong parents. So, again, babalik din po sa atin sa community kung ano po ang mga programang appropriate para sa kanila, (The solution is not that easy, there should be participation from everyone. Not just the parents because they might be having difficulties. So again, we will go back to our community, on what programs are appropriate for them),” he said.
Metran added that parents should be accountable if there is proof of parental negligence.
“Kung talagang makikita natin na there is neglect really sa bata, dapat lang na kasuhan din ang magulang (If we can prove that there is neglect, the parents should face charges),” he said.
Oplan Sagip Batang Solvent will last until June 17.
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Friday, July 5th, 2019
Two suspected drug peddlers were arrested by authorities in a buy-bust operation conducted in Cavite on Thursday night (July 4).
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) identified the suspects as Ato Labing Kasim, 30 and Jubaire Mohammad Kitab, 21.
PDEA said that Kasim and Kitab are allegedly linked to a Chinese drug lord, currently detained at the New Bilibid Prisons, who operates in parts of Metro Manila, Tacloban and Cavite. The alleged drug lord is also said to be operating in Mindanao with the help of a former mayor.
“Itong si Ato Kasim, may direct link kay Butokan Kendong na taga-Cotabato. Ito naman si Botokan Kendong, may direct link kay Montaser Sabal na amo din nito na former Mayor ng Talitay, Magindanao,” said Levi Ortiz, PDEA Special Enforcement Service Director III.
“Now these people, ang drugs kinukuha nila sa Chinese source na naka-detain ngayon sa Muntinlupa,” Ortiz added.
Recovered from the suspects were around one kilogram of shabu (crystal meth), which is estimated to worth nearly P7 million, and two vehicles allegedly used for drug transactions.
The suspects have denied the allegations.
“Hindi po namin kilala ‘yan, si Montaser Sabal,” Kasim said.
“Hindi ko po alam na mayroon pong droga sa ilalim ng upuan po ng sasakyan kasi ‘pag pinagpa-drive po ako, binibigyan ako P500 pamasahe pauwi,” Kitab said.
PDEA said the two suspects will face charges for violation of Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
“May information nga na may binabagsak na malaking kalidad ng iligal drugs doon sa farm na iyon so nag-apply kami ng search warrant and good enough nag-positive may nakuha tayong 10 kilo ng shabu (We received information about high-quality illegal drugs being dropped off at that farm. So we applied a search warrant and good enough, we seized 10 kilos of shabu),” according to Batangas Provincial Director PCol. Edwin Quillates.
Quillates added that they have been monitoring the activity of Fernandez and have noted that he had been betting P300,000-P350,000 in cockfighting which drew their suspicions.
Authorities tracked that Fernandez does not have a visible source of income since he is only a farm caretaker.
During the search, authorities were also able to seize an unlicensed .45 caliber pistol and two pots of marijuana plant.
Quillates said they will continue their investigation to identify the suspect’s cohorts.—AAC (with reports from Sherwin Culubong)
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