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)
MANILA, Philippines – Former Senator Tessie Aquino-Oreta has passed away at the age of 75, her son announced on Friday.
On his Facebook page, Malabon City Mayor Antolin “Lenlen” Oreta said his mother died on Thursday, May 14.
He did not disclose the cause of his mother’s death.
“On behalf of my family, it is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my mom at 10:48 p.m. of May 14,” his post read.
Mayor Oreta described his mother as a public servant who devoted her life to the country and her adopted hometown of Malabon.
“She was a loving grandmother, mother, and wife and a friend to those whose lives she touched,” he said. “We ask for your prayers for mom. Thank you.”
Oreta was the youngest sister of former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., whose assassination in 1983 sparked protests that led to the people power revolt in EDSA which ousted then President Ferdinand Marcos in 1986.
Oreta was elected senator in 1998 but before joining the Senate, she represented the district of Malabon-Navotas at the House of Representatives for three consecutive terms.
At the House of Representatives, she became the first woman to hold the position of assistant majority leader.
During her time at the Senate, she pushed for bills focusing on education, and the welfare of teachers, among others.
Among her bills that were enacted into law was the Republic Act (RA) 8972 or the Solo Parent Act and the RA 8980 or the Early Childhood Care and Development.
She is survived by her husband, Antolin Oreta Jr, and their four children. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Harlene Delgado)
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.)
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