600 arrested in Parañaque’s 3-day police operation

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 3, 2019   •   1083

Around 600 individuals have been arrested during the three-day police operation of the Parañaque Police and Southern Police District.

Authorities arrested 25 personalities allegedly involved in illegal drugs while 554 were arrested for violating various city ordinances including traffic violations, loitering, and smoking in public places.

According to Parañaque City Police Station Chief PCol. Robin Sarmiento, they were also able to rescue 76 minors.

“In order to control iyong pagdami ng insidente sa physical injuries (This [police operation] is to control the increase of physical injury incidents),” he said.

The arrested individuals are now in police custody while the 76 minors are in the care of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).—AAC (with reports from Benedict Samson)

P3M worth of illegal drugs seized in Baguio City

Marje Pelayo   •   August 27, 2021

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) reported the seizure of P3.031 million worth of illegal drugs in a joint operation in Baguio City on August 12, 2021.

The controlled delivery operation resulted in the arrest of an individual identified as Elisa Aguirre Millare.

According to NBI Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Director Eric Distor, the operation stemmed from the interception of a parcel by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

The said parcel was declared as bed sheets and shoes but upon inspection the parcel in fact contains 1,783 tablets of “ecstasy” or party drugs with an estimated street value of more than P1.3 million which was shipped by Fostina Obobo of Neuss, Germany and consigned to Joyce Annsan Antono of Baguio City.

NBI agents, together with members of the NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (IADITG), proceeded to Baguio City for a controlled delivery operation.

On August 11, 2021, the consignee was supposed to claim the subject parcel from Baguio Post Office but she didn’t arrive. Instead, she gave information that she would claim the said parcel at her residence in Bristle Ridge Residences.

Millare was arrested in front of Bristle Ridge Condominium in the act of handing down the parcel.

She was presented for inquest proceedings before the Office of the Prosecutor, Baguio City for violation of Section 4 (Importation of Dangerous Drugs) of R.A. 9165.

In addition, the consignee, Joyce Annsan Antono a.k.a Joyce Ann San Antonio (at-large) was also included in the charge.

PCG nabs 2 riders delivering illegal drugs to isolation hotel in Taguig

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 20, 2021

Sachets of methamphetamine hydrochloride concealed inside the casing of a cell phone.

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Thursday intercepted two separate packages containing illegal drugs set to be delivered to an isolation hotel in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig.

Based on the report of the PCG Task Group Bantay Bayanihan, two riders of a popular courier service were delivering the said packages to returning overseas Filipino workers (RFOs) who were quarantined at a BGC hotel.

The first rider arrived at the hotel at 4:00 p.m. Thursday (August 19). The package was said to contain clothes and a cellphone, based on the sender’s declaration. After inspection however, authorities found a plastic sachet of suspected methamphetamine concealed inside the cellphone case.

Authorities brought the driver and the package to the Taguig Police Station where, upon further verification, it was concluded that the driver was unaware of the package’s illicit contents and was thereby cleared of suspicion.

Soon after, the second delivery rider arrived at the isolation hotel bearing a package declared to contain clothes for the rider’s RFO cousin staying in the hotel.

Further inspection of the package also revealed a plastic sachet containing a white crystalline substance suspected to be an illegal drug.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) confirmed in a series of tests that contents of the two plastic sachets were indeed the dangerous drug, methamphetamine hydrochloride.

On Friday (August 20), charges were filed against the two RFO consignees and the second rider for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

DOJ indicts Kerwin Espinosa, others over alleged illegal drug trade

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice (DOJ) has indicted Kerwin Espinosa and ten others for alleged illegal drug trade.

The DOJ panel of prosecutors has found probable cause to file charges against self-confessed drug distributor Kerwin Espinosa and several others over the illegal drug trade in Eastern Visayas or in violation of Section 26(b), in relation to Section 5, of the Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The other individuals who are also indicted are:

  • Marcelo Adorco
  • Jose Antipuesto
  • Jose Jernie Estrera
  • Galo Stephen Bobares
  • Ferdinand Rondina
  • Brian Anthony Zaldivar
  • Nickjune Canin
  • Virbeca Diano
  • Alfred Cres Batistis
  • Josela Dumaguit

“Due to the complexities of transactions alleged in the instant case wherein respondent Kerwin would direct his couriers to make deliveries to pushers, users or suppliers, and likewise make payment, whether through text messages or phone calls or through a second or third middleman, it is sufficient that the communications among and between the respondents are established to prove the illegal drug trade,” according to the DOJ resolution made public on Thursday (August 19).

Meanwhile, the DOJ prosecutors dropped the complaint against 15 others, including eight police officers due to insufficient evidence. -AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)


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