Albayalde on Lacadin’s allegations: He will have his day in court

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 10, 2019   •   736

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief General, Oscar Albayalde, gestures as he testifies during a Senate investigation in Pasay City, Philippines, 01 October 2019. EPA-EFE/STR

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde has denied claims made by Retired General Rudy Lacadin that he benefited from the controversial drug raid operation in Pampanga in 2013.

During the Senate hearing on Wednesday (October 9), Lacadin revealed that Albayalde called him to admit that he personally gained from the 2013 operation.

“Sabi niya [Albayalde] — I don’t know if he [Albayalde] was joking — ‘Actually, sir, konti lang naman napunta sa akin diyan’,” according to Lacadin.

However, Albayalde denied Lacadin’s claim and reiterated that Lacadin was “never a friend”.

“Lacadin has a lot of explaining to do and he will have his day in court,” he said.—AAC (with reports from April Cenedoza)

P1-M worth of illegal drugs seized in Taguig, 3 arrested

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 18, 2020

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Wednesday (June 17) seized P1 million worth of suspected illegal drugs in a buy-bust operation in Taguig City. Three individuals were arrested.

According to PDEA Spokesperson Derrick Carreon, the suspects might have found out that they were transacting with authorities which led to a small encounter.

“Nakatunog yata, ayun pinagbabangga niya na iyong sasakyan ng tropa (They suspected something so they hit the vehicle used by our troops), so in order to immobilize his vehicle, they shot his tire,” he said.

No one was injured during the encounter and authorities arrested Edwin Pascual, Vyron Flores, and Allan Mendoza and 200 grams of shabu were seized.

The suspects will face charges for violating Section 5 and Section 11 of Republic Act 9165 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Two suspects nabbed for selling injectable shabu online

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 20, 2020

Two men were arrested by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) after they were caught selling illegal drugs in Mandaluyong City on Thursday (February 20).

A member of PDEA posed as a buyer and, after confirming the illegal activity, authorities arrested Mark Kenneth San Juan and Jeffrey Saclao.

Authorities seized 26 syringes of suspected liquid shabu with an estimate of P52,000. They also seized one sachet of suspected shabu worth around P13,600.

According to PDEA Spokesperson Derrick Carreon, the suspects are also selling drugs online based on their social media accounts.

Carreon also said the suspects target the youth using social media. He also warned about the negative effects of using drugs.

“So, maaari po talagang mangyari sa inyo ang mga hindi kanais-nais na mga bagay apart from the fact na it leads to (Bad things can happen to you apart from the fact that it leads to) the spread of several infectious diseases,” he said.

PDEA has taken custody of the two suspects and will face charges for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. —AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Espenido to face probe for speaking out on drug list inclusion

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 19, 2020

Police Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will conduct an investigation on Police Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido for speaking out on his inclusion in the drug watchlist.

PNP Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa said that he will handle the issue internally.

“Leave it to us. It’s purely an internal issue. I will deal with Espenido squarely as the Chief PNP and he being a member of the PNP,” he said.

Gamboa said that the PNP has a general instruction to over 300 policemen included in the narco list to remain mum on the issue especially when the adjudication process is still ongoing.

Espenido, on Tuesday (February 18), denied his involvement in drugs and said that there was a failure in the intel on the drug watchlist.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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