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

admin   •   February 27, 2017   •   2942

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

PNP-CIDG includes Albayalde in ‘ninja cops’ complaint

Robie de Guzman   •   October 21, 2019

FILE PHOTO: PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) has included former PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde as a respondent in the criminal complaints in relation to the controversial 2013 Pampanga operations.

The PNP-CIDG on Monday filed an amendment to its original complaint to include Albayalde in the charges against Pampanga police officers who were tagged in the ‘ninja cops’ issue.

The amended complaint filed in the Department of Justice (DOJ) has added a case for violation of Section 92 of the Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, graft, qualified bribery, falsification of public documents and dereliction of duty.

When sought for comment, Albayalde said he welcomes his inclusion in the complaint.

“At least I will be accorded due process on this,” the former PNP chief told reporters.

Albayalde is the 14th respondent in the complaint against the team of police officers led by Major Rodney Baloyo who were accused of planting evidence and recycling of illegal drugs confiscated from an operation in Mexico, Pampanga.

Albayalde, who was then the head of Pampanga provincial police, was accused of intervening in the case of the said cops.  

The original charges against the 13 policemen were dismissed but the DOJ reopened the investigation following a Senate inquiry on the controversial operation.

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee in its report earlier recommended the filing of charges against Albayalde and 13 cops.

Albayalde last week relinquished his post as PNP chief amid the controversy and went on a non-duty status weeks before his supposed retirement on November 8. – RRD (with details from Correspondent April Cenedoza)

Over P500M worth of suspected shabu intercepted in Samar

Robie de Guzman   •   October 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – More than P500 million worth of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride (locally known as shabu) was intercepted by authorities at a checkpoint in Gandara town in Samar on Thursday.

Operatives from the Philippines National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) seized the illegal drugs which were contained in 44 plastic packs, weighing more than 88 kilograms.

Authorities said the contraband was intercepted from two vehicles that were stopped at a checkpoint at Barangay Buñagan.

“During the checkpoint, mayroong nakalagay sa trunk, may nakalagay sa back seat… Medyo suspicious ‘yung action nung may bag sa likuran,” Eastern Visaysa Police Director Brigadier General Dionardo Carlos said.

The operation yielded the arrest of five suspects, including a pregnant woman, and the rescue of one minor.

Suspects presented to the media claimed they do not know each other, adding that they were just given instructions through a cellphone call to drive the vehicles and leave it when they reached the specified destination.

They were allegedly promised to receive P20,000 each after the transaction but they claimed to have not known about the identity of their client.

Drug-related charges are being readied against the suspects. — RRD (with details from Correspondent Jennelyn Gaquit-Valles)

PNP renders immediate help; AFP ready to assist earthquake victims in regions 11, 12

Maris Federez   •   October 17, 2019

Mlang Police Station personnel together with Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) personnel, Mlang local government employees conduct post-earthquake damage inspection of buildings in Cotobato, Mindanao on Thursday, October 17, 2019.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 and 12 have deployed their personnel to the areas affected by the earthquake that hit several towns and cities on Wednesday night (Oct. 17).

They were sent to render assistance to the local government units in maintaining peace and order, and ensure that traffic will run smoothly to avoid delay in the supply of relief goods.

According to PNP spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac, police are also helping in the clearing operation in the affected buildings.

Banac added that the situation in the affected areas is still under control and there is still no need to send support units from the national headquarters.

“Ang kapulisan natin ay lumabas kaagad at nagbigay ng police presence para magbigay ng order, para maassure ang public na nandyan ang ating pamahalaan. Lahat ng available manpower. Yung iba ay umalalay sa local government units para mag rescue sa mga nasaktan na biktima,” Banac said.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), meanwhile, said it is ready to deploy its personnel from the Engineering Brigade should the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) requests for it.

“Lahat naman ng ating AFP units within the area are on ready standby and with the close collaboration with the NDRRMC ready to be deployed at short notice naman, so far according to the NDRRMC ay capable pa naman yung LGU’s natin in responding to any requirements,” AFP Public Affairs Office chief, Capt. Jonathan Zata said.

Wednesday night’s tremor left 29 structures in Regions 11 and 12 with significant damage.

These malls include SM, Veranza Mall and Gaisano Mall in General Santos City, and the KCC Mall in Koronadal City.

Other structures that sustained damage were:

  • the Municipal Hall of Magsaysay in Davao Del Sur
  • the Sangguniang Bayan Building in M’Lang, Cotabato
  • the Roldan Hospital in M’Lang, Cotabato
  • the Fire Station in Makilala, Cotabato
  • and the Municipal Hospital in Carmen, Cotabato

(with details from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

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