4 nabbed amid pot session after cops smell weed

admin   •   January 21, 2019   •   1752

Drug suspects

MANILA, Philippines — Four males were arrested Monday
(January 21) at around 1:00 a.m. while in the middle of a pot session on Luzon Avenue, Barangay Holy Spirit. Two of the suspects were minors and residents of the area.

Operatives of the Quezon City Police District Station Drug Enforcement Unit were supposed to conduct a buy-bust operation in another location when they caught a whiff of marijuana as they passed by the area where the four suspects were allegedly smoking pot.

Two sachets of alleged dried marijuana leaves and drug paraphernalia were seized from the suspects.

“Nagsisisi po. Wala na po. Huli na po ako,” said one of men who goes by the alias, “Tristan”.

Barangay executive officer Nestor del Rosario said that the suspects were notorious drug users but have never been apprehended until now.

“Mga positibo ‘yan na mga gumagamit talaga,” said Del Rosario.

The minors will be placed under the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The two other suspects are facing drug charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. — Asher Cadapan | UNTV News & Rescue

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.

Rapper ‘Loonie’, 4 others nabbed in Makati drug buy-bust

Robie de Guzman   •   September 19, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Battle rapper ‘Loonie’ and four others were nabbed by authorities during an illegal drug buy-bust operation in Makati City on Wednesday night.

‘Loonie’, whose real name is Marlon Peroramas, was arrested by members of Makati police Drug Enforcement Unit including his companions identified as Albert Alvarez, Ivan Agustin, David Rizon and Idyll Liza Peroramas, Loonie’s sibling.

Makati police chief Col. Rogelio Simon said they launched the operation at a basement of a condominium in Barangay Poblacion in Makati at past 8 p.m. Wednesday.

This is after surveilling Loonie for a month following an information about his alleged illegal activities.

“Tumutugma ito sa lahat ng impormasyon na ibinigay ng ating informant na karamihan ng mga activities niya ay ginagawa dito sa Makati at isinasabay niya y’ong kaniyang pagdi-distribute ng mga ganitong klaseng kontrabando, itong Kush na ‘to, itong high grade marijuana na ‘to,” Simon said.

Seized from the group were 15 sachets of dried leaves believed to be high-grade marijuana (kush) with an estimated value of P100,000; cellphone and marked money.

Loonie, who rose to fame in the rap battle league FlipTop, denied the allegations.

“Hindi totoo lahat n’ong paratang sa akin. Hindi po sa amin ‘yan,” he said.

“Ang cellphone ko po diyan ‘yong isa, ‘yong maliit po. Hindi po ‘yan sa akin. ‘Yang pera po at saka ‘yong lahat ng mga nasa sachet, hindi po sa’kin ‘yan,” he added.

Loonie insisted they went to the area to meet a child with a cancer.

“Pumunta po kami dito para sa batang may cancer. Nanggaling pa po ako sa radio interview kanina. Dumerecho po ako dito t’as bigla na lang pong ganoon,” he said.

The Makati police chief has expressed dismay over Loonie’s arrest due to drug-related charges.

“Nakakasama ng loob dahil personally kilala ko y’ong tao. Maraming nag-a-idol sa kaniya meaning madali siyang makahikayat ng mga nag-a-idolized sa kaniya dahil sa sikat siya,” Simon said.

Loonie and his companions may face charges for violation of Comprehensive Dangerous 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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