Drug dealers back on the streets amid anti-drug ops suspension

admin   •   February 27, 2017   •   2993

From Reuters

From Reuters

PHILIPPINES — Before January ended, President Rodrigo Duterte suspended all anti-illegal drugs operations of the Philippine National Police.

This, after the involvement of several police officers in the kidnapping and slaying of Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo inside the PNP Headquarters.

However, just a few weeks after the suspension of the PNP’s war on drugs, several drug dependents have returned to their operations.

Quezon City Police District Director Guillermo Eleazar said, based on their monitoring, drug pushers and users have gone back to the streets to sell and buy illegal drugs such as ‘shabu’.

“All the indications are there. Actually, reports from the villages. We received reports that drug use has really returned as well as the drug trade because they know that we are prevented now from engaging in planned police operations,” he said.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said the most common illegal substance used by Filipino drug dependents is shabu or methamphetamine.

On the other hand, a drug user admitted that despite the impact of the Duterte administration’s anti-drug campaign on their operations, many of them are still able to do continue their illegal activities.

“There was (an impact) of course. There were killings, so we had to be extra careful. You have to move quietly. Be really careful,” he said.

Although the PNP anti-illegal drugs operations are suspended, the PDEA assures that the agency will intensify even more its operations against illegal drugs in coordination with the military.

According to PDEA Director General for Administration Jesus Fajardo, the current administration’s campaign against illegal drugs remains effective.

In fact, the cost of shabu in the past months has increased based on their investigation.

“Before, meth cost P3,500 per gram. But after the war on drugs it’s now P7,000 per gram. That means, this indicates that the drug supply is running dry,” said Asec. Fajardo.

“As for the demand reduction, like someone said, it is a holistic approach because if the supply dropped, we lessen the demand for drug users.”

The PDEA once again calls on the public, particularly barangay officials, to immediately report to the agency information related to any illegal drugs operations in their areas. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News and Rescue

Duterte, Panelo one-on-one interview deferred anew

Robie de Guzman   •   January 28, 2020

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo and President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – The scheduled televised one-on-one interview of President Rodrigo Duterte with his spokesperson Salvador Panelo has been postponed anew.

In a televised advisory, Panelo said the interview with Duterte, which was supposed to be held Tuesday, will be moved to a later date because the president is feeling “under the weather.”

Panelo said it may be rescheduled next week.

The said interview was initially set on January 22 but was postponed due to “pressing matters.”

The president conducted his first televised interview with Panelo in September 2018 where they discussed wide-ranging topics on martial law in Mindanao, reopening of Boracay Island, increasing rice prices, his critic former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, among others. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Prosperity Ball raises funds to help Taal evacuees, female drug surrenderers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 28, 2020

A group of local entrepreneurs held the 2020 Prosperity Ball to help raise funds for Taal eruption evacuees and female drug surrenderers.

The said event held at Okada Manila on Friday (January 24) was attended by famous personalities, entrepreneurs, and private individuals.

Event organizer Dr. Rhoda Espino said Taal evacuees are in need of medical attention.

She said they will coordinate with local government units (LGUs) to monitor the situation in every evacuation center.

“We will be studying what they need. I think right now they are suffering from diarrhea and skin problems,” she said.

Another beneficiary of the event are the female drug surrenderers temporarily residing at Balay Silangan, the community-based reformation program of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Authority (PDEA).

PDEA Dir. Gen. Aaron Aquino, one of the guests in the said event, raised the issue of the lack of livelihood programs for female drug surrenderers. He also called on LGUs to provide jobs to female surrenderers who graduated in PDEA’s Balay Silangan program.

“It’s important na pagka-graduate ng drug surenderer, especially ng mga kababaihan, dapat may trabaho sila (when they graduate they should immediately have jobs, especially the women). Dapat may pagkakakitaan sila (They should have a livelihood). Otherwise if they do not earn anything they will go back to their old ways. Babalik at babalik sa dati nilang bisyo, (They would keep returning to their old vices),” he said.

Espino also said they will continue to raise funds for PDEA’s Balay Silangan program.

“We want to create livelihood programs especially for the female surrenderers so they would have a better life and they won’t go back to the drug trade,” Espino said.

The event sold designer clothes, wines, and travel tickets, the proceeds of which will go to the Taal victims and the purchase of sewing machines for the female drug surrenderers under the Balay Silangan program.

Panelo: One-on-one interview with Duterte to push through on Tuesday

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 28, 2020

After its postponement on January 22, the one-on-one interview with President Rodrigo Duterte will push through on Tuesday (January 28), said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Monday.

The January 22 schedule for the one-on-one interview was postponed due to “pressing family matters”.

“Due to pressing matters, the tête-à-tête Part 2 of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel and Presidential Spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo has been moved to January 28, 2020 at the Rizal Hall, Malacañan Palace at 5:00 p.m.,” a previous media advisory read.

This will be the President’s second têtê-a-têtê. The first televised interview was held last September 2018.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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