Drug pusher with alleged links to a Chinese drug syndicate nabbed in Pateros

Marje Pelayo   •   May 29, 2019   •   1629

MANILA, Philippines – A suspected drug pusher with alleged links to a Chinese drug syndicate was nabbed in Barangay Sta. Ana in Pateros on Tuesday evening (May 28).

The suspect, identified as Angelo Reyes, 65, was among the personalities on the police’s drug watchlist.

Police Major General Guillermo Eleazar said Reyes had been under surveillance due to his alleged connection with shabu trade in southern Metro Manila.

“The subject of the buy bust operation is one kilogram of shabu na ang usapan ay P1.5 million (which was priced for P1.5 million),” the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Regional Director said.

“But initially, dahil sa naging transaksyon ay na-consumate nga dito (But because of the transaction, it was consummated here so) we’re able to confiscate another 500 grams,” he added.

Authorities seized a total of one and a half kilos of shabu with an estimated street value of P10 million.

The NCRPO said Reyes has alleged links to a group of Chinese nationals operating a drug trade in the southern part of Metro Manila and in Laguna.

“Ito rin ang mga nakita na pinaglagyan doon sa ibang operations na malakihang trabaho ng PDEA at ng PNP,” Eleazar explained.

(These are similar containers to those confiscated in big time anti-drug operations of PDEA and the PNP.)

“So, we will be coordinating with PDEA para mabigyan natin sila ng impormasyon na siguradong makakatulong para matunton ‘yung mga koneksyon nitong ating naarestong suspek,” he added.

(So, we will be coordinating with PDEA to brief them of information which may help to track the connections of the arrested suspect.)

Reyes denied using illegal drugs though he admitted that he used to sell drugs to make ends meet.

“Namomorsyento lang kasi ako doon. Hindi naman ako talagang naggagaganoon, (I sell for commissions but I do not use drugs,)” he confessed.

The suspect will face charges for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Police seize P204-million suspected shabu in Pasig City condominium

Robie de Guzman   •   September 17, 2019

30 kilograms of illegal drugs sealed in Chinese tea packets confiscated by authorities in Pasig City on September 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Some P204-million worth of suspected shabu (crystal meth) were confiscated by authorities during a raid on a rented condominium unit in Pasig City on Monday.

Joint operatives of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) stormed the condominium unit in Barangay Rosario at past 7 p.m. following information that this was being used as a warehouse for illegal drugs.

Authorities nabbed a suspect, identified as Manolito Lugo Carlos alias “Lito” and “Tonge,” who was allegedly working for a detainee at the New Bilibid Prisons.

He acts as the main distributor of the said illegal drugs in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

“Tayo’y naniniwala na wala namang droga sa loob ng Bilibid. Walang droga doon unlike doon sa mga impormasyon or mga revelation before. Pero just the same, doon pa rin nanggagaling ang utos, ang mga order kung saan, kailan, kanino, paano dadalhin, idi-distribute–saan kukunin itong mga items, saan dadalhin itong mga items,” NCRPO chief Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said.

Recovered from the suspect was a total of 30 kilograms of illegal drugs sealed in Chinese tea packets which were similar to illegal drugs confiscated by authorities in previous operations.

The arrested suspect, who was brought to the NCRPO office, will face charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Drilon: Anti-drug campaign is failing due to ‘recycling’ of illegal drugs

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 17, 2019

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon expressed disappointment after Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Chief Dir. Gen. Aaron Aquino admitted that ‘recycling’ of illegal drugs is still rampant.

According to Drilon, the said admission is a “sign” that the administration’s campaign against illegal drugs is not working.

“Given that admission, I am not very optimistic about the success of the anti-drug campaign, in general,” he said.

Drilon also expressed dismay that the very people who enforce the law are the ones violating it.

“This is worrisome. This is a decades-old case of bantay-salakay, wherein the people who are given the task of enforcing the law insofar as drug trafficking is concerned are the ones who lead the anomalous practices,” Drilon said.

In order to prevent the “horrible” practices, according to Drilon, he will request the Office of the Court Administrator to strictly enforce the law on the burning of drugs confiscated.

The senator will also propose to reopen the PDEA unit in the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa, after its old unit was closed.—AAC

P3M suspected shabu seized in Taguig buy-bust

Robie de Guzman   •   September 12, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – More than P3 million worth of suspected shabu (crystal meth) was seized by authorities in a buy-bust operation conducted in Taguig City, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said Thursday (Sept 12).

PDEA said the illegal drugs, weighing half a kilogram with an estimated value of P3.4 million, was confiscated from two drug suspects identified as Aijo Dinglasan Akaoka alias Noel and Christian Reyes Aguilar.

Also recovered from the suspects were sets of identification cards and two mobile phones that were used in their transactions.

PDEA said they launched the buy-bust operation at the village of Ususan at past 5 p.m. Wednesday after several days of surveilling the suspects’ activities.

Arrested suspects will face charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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