Drug buy-bust op in Quiapo nabs mother, son

Marje Pelayo   •   August 7, 2019   •   499

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Wednesday (August 7) presented two drug personalities nabbed for drug trade.

The raid happened on Tuesday (August 6) around 6:00 p.m. inside a hotel in Quiapo, Manila.

Authorities seized from the mother-and-son tandem 100g of shabu estimated at P600,000, the buy-bust money and a cellular phone which they used in transacting illegal drugs.

The suspects are now under the custody of PDEA and are facing charges for violating R.A. 9165 or the comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. – with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.

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PDEA probes online shop for selling ‘tooters’

Marje Pelayo   •   September 19, 2019

PASIG CITY, Philippines – Drug operatives discovered that some drug paraphernalia could be easily bought through online shops.

On Thursday (September 19), agents from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) seized over P600,000 worth of illegal drugs in two separate buy-bust operations in Pasig and Quezon City.

Juan Carlos Reyes Antonio, a licensed pharmacist, was caught in possession of suspected marijuana and ecstasy tablets along with other drug paraphernalia inside a hotel in Pasig City around 2:30 AM on Thursday (September 19).

The illegal drugs were valued at P483,000.

Meanwhile, another suspect Nilo Manipon Ramirez Jr., a registered nurse, was nabbed at around 4:20AM along Kamuning Road in Quezon City.

Ramirez was caught in possession of P142,000-worth of suspected shabu and drug paraphernalia.

Antonio bought his ‘tooters’ through an online shop.

“Dalawang transaksyon. Either iyong kliyente [ang] pumupunta sa hotel at doon na sila nagja-jamming or they just buy online (Two possibilities. Either the client goes to the hotel where they jam or they just buy online). explained PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino.

The official assured to subject the said shop to an investigation before they act on the matter.

Aquino noted that it is prohibited to sell ‘tooters’ may it be in stores or online because it is an item being used solely in illegal drugs.

“I’ll just wait for their explanation first and then kung ano’t-ano man ang kalalabasan (whatever comes out of the investigation) then we will file a case against them,” Aquino said.

A delivery company is currently being investigated by PDEA on reports that it caters delivery of illegal drugs. — MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

PDEA: BuCor released three convicted Chinese drug lords despite PDEA’s opposition

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 10, 2019

The Bureau of Corrections has released three convicted Chinese drug lords despite the opposition of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

In an exclusive report of UNTV News reporter Lea Ylagan, The Bureau of Pardons and Parole (BPP) wrote to PDEA for an opinion on a possible executive clemency for around 30 drug convicts.

Based on PDEA’s response, 15 of them no longer have pending cases hence the approval of their release.

However, PDEA opposed the release of 13 convicted Chinese drug lords due to the severity of their cases.

Despite PDEA’s opposition, BuCor still ordered the release of three convicted Chinese drug lords last June 4, 2019 which include 14 other foreign drug convicts.

This is proven by the list of 1,914 convicts released by BuCor which was exclusively obtained by UNTV News.

READ: 17 foreign drug convicts freed under GCTA law

PDEA Spokesperson Dir. Derrick Carreon said they are dismayed by the BuCor’s said action.

“Tayo po ay sumagot sa liham na pinadala sa atin ng Bureau of Pardons and Parole at hindi na natin idinitalye iyong ating opposition doon sa certain candidates for grant of executive clemency kung saan iyong 13 doon ay may existing pang mga kaso kaya atin pong tinututulan, (We responded to the letter sent by the Bureau of Pardons and Parole and we did not expounded on our opposition to certain candidates for grant executive clemency where 13 of them still have existing cases).” he said.

Carreon added they are prepared to cooperate with the Philippine National Police (PNP) to rearrest drug convicts after the 15-day deadline given by President Rodrigo Duterte.

READ: Duterte orders freed heinous crime convicts to surrender

Meanwhile, the PNP continues to coordinate with the Bureau of Immigration regarding the released foreign convicts.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

PDEA expresses dismay over possible release of convicted drug lords under GCTA

Marje Pelayo   •   September 6, 2019

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has no list of names yet of the almost 2,000 convicts freed through the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) computation of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino believed the list included names of convicted drug lords and expressed dismay for their release.

“Talagang dismayado ang PDEA at nalulungkot lahat ng law enforcement agencies dahil sa tagal tagal ng pagpaplano namin para mahuli itong mga druglords na ito, para maconvict ay napakahabang panahon,” Aquino lamented.

(Our men in PDEA are disappointed and other law enforcement agencies are saddened because with the long period of time spent in planning just to capture, and leading these drug lords to conviction was a lengthy process.)

“Kung gaano iyan kahaba ay ganon naman kaiksi kung paano sila nakalaya, (The longer it took us (to convict them), the shorter it took them to get released.)

President Rodrigo Duterte has given the convicts 15 days to surrender but Aquino doubts that these drug lords will yield to authorities following their release.

“Pwede din kaming mag aresto kung hindi sila susuko (We may arrest them if they refuse to surrender). That’s why we are asking also the list from the Bureau of Corrections,” he said.

However, he believes it would be a big challenge to them to bring the convicts back behind bars considering the tedious process of investigation, surveillance, entrapment, raid and operations they went through to arrest the said drug lords.

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