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Duterte says PNP might handle the ‘war on drugs’ again

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, November 20th, 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the launching of the Department of Agriculture’s partnership with Ayala Malls at the Abreeza Mall in Davao City on November 18, 2017, cites how farmers and fisherfolks could benefit from a government that is compassionate and free from corruption. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte will speak with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to ask for updates of its operation against illegal drugs.

The President wants to know if the country’s problem with illegal drugs has gotten worse or not.

It can be recalled that President Duterte gave an order last October that PDEA will be the only government agency that will handle the drug war because of the numerous criticisms against the Philippine National Police (PNP) who initially handled the said problem.

But during his speech in Davao City last Saturday, he brought up the possibility of letting PNP handle the war on drugs again.

“The drug problem, if it becomes worse again, the police has to enter the picture. I want it eradicated if possible. I do not tolerate it. It’s an organized crime. Shabu is… drugs is an organized crime,” Duterte said.

He again responded to those who questioned why only the poor is the frequent victim of the government’s drug war.  According to the Chief Executive, the poor are victims of shabu.

“They are saying, ‘Why Duterte, there are a lot of poor people dying, no rich?’ There are no rich [ getting killed] because, those people, they do not use shabu because they know it would drive their mind to insanity forever. It’s a chemical,” he said. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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P200K worth of shabu seized from Antipolo drug dens

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, October 22nd, 2018

ANTIPOLO, Philippines — A drug raid by operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) at three houses inside Imburnal Compound, Baranggay Mayamot, Antipolo City last Saturday (October 20) yielded 21 arrests and 34 sachets of suspected shabu with a street value estimated at P200,000.

Among the suspects were Judith Barcelesa alias “Judith”, Dolores Canacungan alias “Nanay Dory” and Dan Michael Angeles alias “Isok” who denied the allegation.

“Hindi po talaga. Hindi ho, promise ko po yan, hindi po ako gumagamit, hindi,” said Angeles.

His denial was refuted by PDEA officer-in-Charge, IO4 Leverette Lopez.

“Kasi yung pinasok natin, hindi lang siya bentahan, kundi gamitan din siya, drug den siya. So lahat ng mga nandun sa loob, ano yung purpose niyo, bakit nasa loob kayo? Ano ang ginagawa niyo riyan?” Lopez challenged the arrested individuals.

“So isa lang ibig sabihin nun, naggagamit sila. And based dun sa seizing natin, may mga nakuha tayong strip of foils na may traces ng shabu. Meaning on going yung mga gumagamit. Nagulat lang sila nung pag-implement natin ng search warrant.”

The suspects may face charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002. — Jennica Cruz

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Duterte to NPA: You may join politics if you surrender your arms

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, October 22nd, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte urged members of the New People’s Army anew to surrender their arms and work with government in solving insurgency problems in the country. He added that the rebels may even join politics if they will follow his advice.

Duterte made the statement at the launching of the Gaisano Grand Citygate Mall in Davao City last Friday, October 19.

“Buhii lang nang imong armas, wala tay problema. Magpolitika mo okay lang. Drop the firearms, drop the gun, wala na tay problema. Amigo tang tanan ug igsuon tang Pilipino,” Duterte said.

(Lay down your arms and we will not have a problem. If you wish to join politics, okay lang. Drop the firearms, drop the gun, and we will not have a problem. We will not only be friends, but Filipino brothers and sisters as well.)

He underscored the futility of the NPA’s decades-long rebellion and vowed to help rebel returnees start a new life.

Kanang inyong kalihukan, wala na gyud na. Pero andam ko mudawat ninyo, musurrender (surrender) lang mo, dad-a inyong armas, ihatag kanako, tagaan ta mo og lugar ug balay ug trabaho. Sigurado mo ana. Matagaan ta mo. Mag-training mo sa TESDA, paeskwelahon ta mo, pero bayran ta mo sa inyong pagtuon og skills.

(TRANSLATION: Your underground movement will not amount to anything. But I am ready to accept you if you surrender. Bring your firearms, give it to me, and I will give you a house and a job. You can be sure of that. I will be able to give you that. You will undergo training in TESDA, I’ll send you to school, but I will pay you to study and learn new skills.)

Duterte admitted that the rebel forces were among those who helped him win the presidency. He thanked the people of Davao and members of the Communist party for their support during his campaign.

“Dili nako maabot ang akong naabtan ron kung wala ko tabangi sa taong-Dabaw apil na ang NPA. Nagpasalamat ko ana. Tutal gitabangan man ko ninyo, tabangi ko nga makatugkad nako og unsaong paagi nga kitang tanan unta mabuhi nga di pud muingo’g dato pero nay,” he said.

(TRANSLATION: I will not be where I am today without the help of the people of Davao and the NPA. I’m thankful for that. And because you helped me, I am asking you to also help me find a way for all of us to live. Not necessarily rich but…) — Rosalie Coz

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P3.4-M shabu seized in Manila mall drug bust

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2018

 

Suspect Salahudin Takao Kendayo

 

MANILA, Philippines — A man was arrested by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for selling drugs inside a mall in Manila.

The suspect who hails from Cotabato was identified as Salahudin Tokao Kendayo.

Authorities conducted the buy-bust operation at the mall’s parking area where Kendayo was eventually arrested.

Five sachets of suspected shabu worth P3.4 million were confiscated from the suspect.

“Ang source niya ng drugs ay nanggaling pa sa Alabang and we are still verifying sa initial investigation namin na connected siya sa malaking grupo sa Mindanao na nagbabagsak din hindi lang sa Mindanao but dito sa Metro Manila,” said PDEA team leader operation Gregor Bugalin.

(He sources his drugs from Alabang and we are still verifying our initial investigation that he is connected to a bigger group in Mindanao that supplies drugs not only in Mindanao but also in Metro Manila.)

The suspect said he was just told to transport the drugs by his cousin who is an inmate at the Manila City Jail.

“Pumayag po ako kasi bago lang ako sa Manila tapos yun nga, wala pa akong mahanap na trabaho. Tumawag yung pinsan ko. Inutusan ako bibigyan daw ako ng 5,000,” said the suspect.

(I agreed to it because I’m new in Manila and I couldn’t find a job. My cousin called me up and said he’ll pay me 5,000 for the delivery.)

PDEA said the suspect had been under surveillance for two weeks.

A tip from an informant led to the discovery of the illegal operation Kendayo’s illegal operations.

“The suspect was previously arrested by the PNP in Tondo, Manila for violation of Section 11 Article 2 of RA 9165. Last May 22 he was released on bail,” said Bugalin.

Kendayo expressed regret over his decision to act as a drug mule.

“Natakot din po pero naisip ko sabi ko magkakapera na ko. Hindi ko na naisip na ikakasira pala ng buhay ko,” he said.

(I was also afraid to do it but thought of the money I would be receiving. It never occurred to me that it will ruin my life.)

The suspect is currently detained at PDEA headquarters and will be facing charges for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. — Victor Cosare

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