Ex-Army, 3 others arrested for illegal drugs in Antipolo City

UNTV News   •   September 20, 2019   •   387

RIZAL, Philippines – A former member of the Philippine Army and three other personalities were arrested in a drug buy-bust operation launched in Barangay Cupang, Antipolo City on Wednesday (September 18).

According to a report released by Rizal Police Provincial Office, the four were arrested in Zone 8, Purok 5 during an operation launched against a certain alias “Sgt. Escobar,” a reported seller and distributor of illegal drugs in the area.

The suspects were identified as Allan Escobar alias ‘Sgt. Escobar,’ 45 years old, and a former members of the Philippine Army who has been absent without official leave (AWOL) since July 2019.

Also arrested were three of Escobar’s cohorts namely Francis Lara, 41yo; Aris Coson, 26yo; and Amador Ayuson, 29yo.

The operation was in coordination with agents from the PhilippineDrug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

Seized from the suspects were:
One (1) Heat Sealed Transparent Plastic Sachet containing White Crystalline Substance suspected shabu;
One (1) piece 500 peso bill marked money;
Two (2) pieces of medium size heat sealed transparent plastic sachets containing white crystalline substance suspected shabu;
Two (2) pieces of medium size heat sealed transparent plastic sachets containing white crystalline substance suspected shabu;
One (1) piece of medium size heat sealed transparent plastic sachet containing white crystaline substance suspected as shabu;
One (1) piece of medium size heat sealed partially opened transparent plastic sachet containing white crystalline substance suspected shabu;
Two (2) pieces of improvised glass pipe tooter with shabu residue;
One (1) piece strip of aluminum foil with suspected shabu residue;
One (1) piece improvised lighter disposable;
One (1) piece small weighng scale;
Three (3) pieces of Identication Cards.

All confiscated drug evidence confiscated have a total estimated street value worth of P54,000.

The suspects and pieces of evidence were brought to Rizal Provincial Crime Laboratory Office (SOCO) for laboratory examination. — MNP / RPPO

Duterte calls Robredo a ‘colossal blunder’ for her drug war report

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 8, 2020

President Rodrigo Duterte slammed Vice President Leni Robredo for her anti-drug war failure remark and called her a “colossal blunder”.

“You know, for all of these years, she has done nothing. She is a colossal blunder,” Duterte said.

The chief executive also slammed the election results saying, “You know, I hate to say this, but how many voters are there in the Philippines? And you just do away with the 200,000 plus that she got as a majority over Marcos. It was really a mistake. With a slim margin and you talk big.”

Robredo, on Monday (January 6) released a report and recommendations on the government’s war on drugs. She also called the government’s drug war a “failure” which gained backlash from the Palace, lawmakers, and the President.

Based on her report, only 1% of illegal drugs were seized by authorities from 2016 to 2018. She also recommended that the chairmanship of ICAD be transferred from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB).

The president said Robredo cannot lecture him since she has only been a co-chair of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-illegal Drugs (ICAD) for 18 days.

“If ever she becomes president, gawin niya iyon (she should do it). Pero (but) she can’t lecture me what to do,” he said. “As a lawyer lecturing on me, well, she should revisit her record I suggest.”—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Duterte dares Robredo to expose alleged discovery in PH drug war

Marje Pelayo   •   November 29, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte (R) and Vice President Leni Robredo (L)

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has dared Vice President Leni Robredo to speak up and expose what she claimed as her discoveries in the government’s war on drugs during her short stay as co-chair of the Interagency Committee on Anti-Drugs (ICAD).

“You seem to be na may impormasyon ka, ilabas mo, (You seem to have information, then expose it),” the President said emphatically.

Duterte dismissed Robredo from her post exactly 18 days after he appointed her to the position because the latter’s recent actions and public statements displeased the President especially her communications with officials of the United States and the United Nations.

After her dismissal, Robredo warned to expose what she knows about the controversial anti-drug program.

“Sa mga susunod na araw magbibigay ako ng ulat sa bayan. Sasabihin ko ang aking natuklasan at ang aking mga rekomendasyon,” Robredo said at a press briefing the day after she was fired on November 25.

(In the coming days, I will give a report to the people. I will speak of what I have discovered as well as my recommendation.)

“Kung sa tingin nila matatapos ito dito, hindi nila ako kilala. Nagsisimula pa lamang ako,” she added.

(If they think it will end here, then they don’t know me. This is just the beginning.)

But the President was unfazed by this warning.

He made certain that Robredo was having communications with former Human Rights Watch Asia Head Phelim Kine whom the President considers as among the critics of the government being a prosecutor in the International Criminal Court (ICC).

“You talked to almost all people instead of talking to the law enforcement, instead of talking to the barangay captain, instead of talking to people handling the rehabilitation,” he said referring to Robredo.

“I should say, she made an asshole of herself,” the President stressed.

Kine vocally expressed his willingness to go to Manila to help the Vice President in her programs and suggested the arrest of President Duterte and his cohorts because of the alleged human rights violations in the government’s anti-drug campaign. — MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

PDEA chief Aquino urges Robredo to reveal findings on drug war

Robie de Guzman   •   November 26, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) director general Aaron Aquino on Tuesday urged Vice President Leni Robredo to push through with her earlier pronouncement to reveal her findings about the government’s crackdown on narcotics during her brief stint as co-chairperson of the inter-agency committee on anti-illegal drugs (ICAD).

Aquino, who co-chaired ICAD with Robredo, believes the vice president’s revelations would help the government in improving the anti-drug campaign.

“I am personally encouraging VP Leni Robredo to make her revelations on what she claims as her ‘discoveries’ on the government’s drug war,” he said in a statement.

“I believe that whatever revelations she have would help us in improving and furthering the anti-illegal drug campaign,” he added.

Robredo on Monday said she would give a report about her discoveries on the drug war during her short tenure as ICAD co-chair.

She also vowed to remain determined to end the killings under the government’s war on drugs despite her termination as ICAD’s co-chairperson.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier fired Robredo from her post, which according to Malacañang was in response to the opposition’s dare to remove her from post due to lack of trust.

The Palace also said Robredo is free to do as she pleases with her findings on the drug war.

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