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    9 arrested for illegal fishing in waters off Navotas

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, August 11th, 2017

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    MANILA, Philippines — Nine fishermen were caught by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) illegally fishing in the waters off Navotas City on Wednesday.

    They were onboard three commercial fishing vessels led by boat captains Jun Esatan, Tirso Beling and Leomar Jugaran.

    They were arrested after failing to show valid fishing permit and for using prohibited Danish seine, locally known as “hulbot”.

    The registrations of the vessels were already expired.

    “Our command received information about unhampered illegal fishing operation in Manila Bay area. By engaging in this type of activity, it destroys ocean bed including corals,” NBI – Environmental Crimes Division head, Atty. Czar Nuqui said.

    Also, the commercial fishing vessels were caught in the waters which are supposedly exclusive for small fishermen.

    “Subsistence fishermen should be fishing there not the commercial vessels. And yet these commercial vessels are exploiting these resources to the detriment of subsistence fishermen,” Atty. Nuqui said.

    They fishermen said they didn’t know that what they were doing was illegal.

    “We have nowhere else to go. If we don’t do it, our families will suffer,” boat captain Jun Esatan said.

    They are facing several charges for violations of the Fisheries Code punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of Php500,000. – Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News and Rescue

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    PRRD assigns PDEA as sole agency to conduct anti-drug ops

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

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    MANILA, Philippines — Based on the memorandum order signed by the president on October 10, all law enforcement agencies like the Philippine National Police (PNP), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Bureau of Customs (BOC) and even the ad hoc task force will leave to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) the conduct of all anti-illegal drugs operations in the country.

    This means that only PDEA will handle the herculean task of executing the government’s anti-drug operations.

    The PNP meanwhile, said it is ready to follow the orders of the chief executive.

    PNP Spokesperson Police Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos said that the police will now focus on the eradication of crimes and internal cleansing among their ranks.

    Despite this, Carlos noted that they are still ready to provide assistance to PDEA when needed.

    Meanwhile, PDEA admitted that the directive might have a negative implication on existing drug operations the agency is conducting with the PNP.

    “Well because combined forces with the PNP on the conduct of illegal drugs would result in bigger accomplishments. The number of operations being conducted is twice as many, but of course, if we’re the only ones conducting it, it will decrease in terms of figures, the number of operations conducted,” said PDEA Gen. Aaron Aquino.

    Aquino has said in an interview on the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon, that PDEA lacks manpower and that they only have more than 1,000 agents.

    He added that in a successful drug operation, 60% was the work of the PNP while the 40% was because of PDEA.

    The PDEA chief also admitted that until now, the agency could still not stand alone on itself.

    “So as of the moment DG, you still can’t perform your mandate that you should be the lead agency when it comes to the war on illegal drugs? You can’t take over it?” asked host, Daniel Razon.

    “We admit we still can’t,” said Aquino.

    “So you will just let the PNP now lead the young war against drugs. Is that it?” asked Razon.

    “We will lead the war on illegal drugs but our support is needed by the PNP and all other law enforcement agencies. PDEA alone, we can’t to it,” said Aquino.

    Although the task is difficult, PDEA assured that it will follow the directives of the president and promises to do all it can to fight against illegal drugs.

    The agency is just hoping to receive additional fund allocation so they could hire more agents and new equipment in order for them to intensify their operations. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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    Former Customs intel chief seeks dismissal of drug raps filed by PDEA

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

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    Manila, Philippines – Former Customs intel chief Niel Estrella will seek the dismissal of the complaints filed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) against him and 11 other Customs officials, including resigned Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon.

    They are facing charges of graft and conspiracy to import illegal drugs over the 600-kilogram shabu shipment smuggled at Customs last May.

    Estrella said it is ironic that the PDEA charged them who were instrumental in the seizure of the drug shipment and the arrest of its importer and forwarders.

    “This is non-bailable. It carries a lifetime sentence if we are convicted. And this is a very serious allegation based on lies,” Estrella said.

    He explained there was nothing irregular in the inspection they conducted at the Valenzuela City warehouse where the shipment was seized.

    He said the operation doesn’t need a search warrant and its owner Richard Tan allowed the inspection.

    “If you’re Customs personnel and you want to inspect a warehouse for smuggled items, you can do that without a search warrant,” Estrella said.

    He denied allegations that they “spoiled” the evidence, which became inadmissible to courts.

    Estrella added the whole operation was documented and the drugs and arrested suspects were properly turned over to the NBI and PDEA.

    Hence, the obstruction complaint of PDEA is also baseless.

    “They even filed a case. Did they mention in the case that the evidence was contaminated? They didn’t say that. They filed a case at the DOJ. Did they say the evidence is tainted? No, they didn’t. They are only telling that to the press. We were subjected to trial by publicity,” Estrella added.

    Estrella and other Customs officials are set to appear before the DOJ this Thursday for the preliminary investigation and to answer the complaint.

    He is confident they can refute the allegations.

    But should a case be filed in court, he will be forced to go into hiding.

    “I don’t intend to spend my life in jail for something I did not commit,” Estrella said. – Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

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    NBI issues multi-purpose clearance

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, October 2nd, 2017

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    MANILA, Philippines — There are various types of National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearance before being issued for specific purposes – for a job application, gun license, visa and for travel abroad.

    Starting Monday, there is only one type of NBI clearance which can be used for any transactions that require it, both local and abroad.

    It is called the “multi-purpose” clearance which is valid for a year and worth P115 per copy.

    “The president wants us to simplify the transactions in the government. This is one of our responses to his directive,” said NBI Director Atty. Dante Gierran.

    “You can use this clearance for all purposes, it’s applicable,” said NBI-Information and Communication Technology Division Executive officer Welerme Haplasca Jr.

    “For example, I’m applying for a job, and was not hired but have not submitted this clearance, I can still use it for other purposes,” he added.

    Some of the applicants are yet to know about it, but they are glad that from now on, there is only one type of clearance for all transactions.

     

    “It’s better because it’s convenient. You only need to process once. Unlike before, you have to come here twice,” said one applicant.

     

    “If they need a multi-purpose [clearance], they just have to renew the old one,” said NBI-Information and Communication Technology Division Deputy Director Atty. Jojo Yap

    It is also easier now to process “hits” for NBI clearance. A “hit” appears on your record when you have a namesake or a pending criminal case.

    You only have to appear once to clarify the issue without any additional fees.

    “First, we need to know the case. During the interview, it will be determined if indeed it was you. If there is a doubt, you will need to secure clearance from the court, if there is a warrant, to prove that it was not you,” said Atty. Yap.

    Gilbert is leaving for Canada but his visa was put on hold because there was a “hit” on his NBI clearance.

    He was not aware  that a fellow driver whom he had a road mishap with filed a case against him.

    “I already have all the papers except this one. I thought the NBI clearance I got was okay already but there was a remark,” said Gilbert Bragado, an NBI clearance applicant.

    He already secured a court clearance and submitted it to the NBI. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

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