4 kilos of cocaine seized in Quezon, fisherman arrested

admin   •   June 22, 2018   •   5083


The Quezon Provincial Police seized four kilos of cocaine from a fisherman in Infanta, Quezon on Friday morning.

The suspect was identified as 48-year-old Aldrin Taharan. Based on initial investigation, Taharan was looking for foreign buyers to sell the cocaine in retail.

Authorities estimated the value of the cocaine to be over P21 million.

In April, Quezon fishermen intercepted 28 bricks of cocaine in the waters of Camarines Norte.  They also surrendered a container of liquid cocaine to authorities.

— Sherwin Culubong

 

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DPWH opens 6-kilometer by-pass road in Lopez, Quezon

Robie de Guzman   •   November 8, 2019

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark A. Villar formally opened to vehicular traffic on Friday, November 8, 2019 the 6.053 kilometers Lopez Bypass Road Project that will ease the bottleneck along busy Manila South Road-Daang Maharlika Highway. (DPWH Facebook Page)

MANILA, Philippines – The six-kilometer Lopez Bypass road project in Quezon province is now open to vehicular traffic, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said on Friday.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar led the opening of the road with a ceremonial drive through with this team.

He said the opening of the new bypass road in the fourth congressional district of Quezon will ease the congestion of vehicles along the busy Manila South Road-Daang Maharlika Highway.

It is also expected to make the travel quicker and safer for people coming from the southern part of Quezon province towards the Bicol region.

The construction of the P718 million road project began in 2015. It traverses the barangays of Del Pilar, San Lorenzo, a portion of Peñafrancia, Danlagan, Bacungan, and Canda Ilaya.

Villar believes the project’s completion will fast-track delivery of government and private-led services, as well as gear improvement on residents’ living standards.

“Improving access in major roadways is a key factor in the economic growth of our country,” he said in a statement.

To provide maximum road service, the DPWH said it is undertaking construction works to widen to six the current four lanes in the 2.13-kilometer segment of the bypass road.

Phivolcs downgrades Quezon town quake to magnitude 5.3

Robie de Guzman   •   September 13, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has downgraded the magnitude of an earthquake that hit Burdeos town in Quezon Province to magnitude 5.3 on Friday afternoon.

Phivolcs originally placed the magnitude at 5.5 before eventually revising it to 5.3.

Based on the latest earthquake information posted on Phivolcs website, the tectonic quake struck at 4:28 p.m. with a depth of 62 kilometers. Its epicenter was traced 39 kilometers northeast of Burdeos.

Phivolcs recorded varying quake intensities felt in the following areas:

  • Intensity 5 – Burdeos and Infanta, Quezon; Los Baños and Pakil, Laguna
  • Intensity 4 – Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte; Quezon City; Marikina City; Sta. Cruz, Laguna; Alabat and Gen. Nakar, Quezon
  • Intensity 3 – Guinayangan, Quezon; Muntinlupa City; Manila City; San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan; Bacoor, Cavite; Maddela, Quirino; San Mateo, Rizal; Baler, Aurora; Lucena City
  • Intensity 2 – Dingalan, Aurora; Mandaluyong City; Apalit, Pampanga; Taguig City; Lucban, Quezon
  • Intensity 1 – San Isidro, Nueva Ecija; Gapan City; Meycauayan, Bulacan

Instrumental Intensity were recorded in the following areas:

  • Intensity 5 – Polillo, Quezon
  • Intensity 4 – Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte; Quezon City; Alabat and Mauban, Quezon
  • Intensity 3 – Guinayangan, Quezon; Marikina City; Baler, Aurora; Tagaytay City; Quezon City; Navotas City
  • Intensity 2 – Mulanay, Lucban and Gumaca, Quezon; Malolos and San Ildefonso, Bulacan; Guagua, Pampanga; Las Pinas City; Pasig City; San Juan City; Caloocan City; Malabon City; Muntinlupa City; Calumpit, Bulacan
  • Intensity 1 – Talisay, Batangas; Olongapo City; San Jose, Nueva Ecija

Phivolcs said that due to the magnitude of this quake, the islands of Polillo, Jamalig, and Burdeos may suffer damages.

Aftershocks are also expected and may be felt in areas near the epicenter.

Based on earthquake information posted on Phivolcs website, aftershocks of varying magnitudes have been recorded: magnitude 2.4 at 5:02 p.m., magnitude 4.7 at 5:18 p.m., magnitude 2.9 at 5:20 pm.; and magnitude 1.5 at 6:27 p.m. – All were felt in Burdeos, Quezon.

The temblor caused the temporary suspension of railway services and classes in several schools in Metro Manila.

Panama seizes nearly four tonnes of cocaine

Robie de Guzman   •   July 29, 2019

Courtesy: Reuters

Panamanian authorities said on Saturday (July 27) they have seized nearly four tonnes of cocaine after patrolling and intercepting a speedboat via air and sea along the northern perimeter of Isla Grande in the province of Colon.

Panama’s Naval Service (SENAN) intercepted a go-fast speedboat, seizing 3,989 packages of cocaine, making it the third successful operation of its kind so far in 2019.

Five Colombians were arrested.

“Our naval air carriers have been operating in the Caribbean sector where they intercepted a go-fast speedboat, with special features due to its capacity,” said Juan Manuel Pino, general director of Panama’s naval service, Senan.

Central America and Mexico are the main transit points for South American cocaine destined for U.S. markets. (REUTERS)

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