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

UNTV News   •   September 20, 2019   •   705

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

Antipolo City market on lockdown as 18 tenants, vendors contract COVID-19

Marje Pelayo   •   July 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Antipolo City government has ordered the lockdown of the city’s public market after 18 of its tenants and vendors tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The lockdown, which started on Tuesday (June 30), would be in effect for two weeks, according to Antipolo Mayor Andrea Ynares.

The patients are now in isolation for mandatory quarantine while disinfection procedures are currently being undertaken within the market’s premises. 

Meanwhile, the local government unit has started distributing relief goods to other tenants and vendors affected by the closure. 

“Ang amin pong paulit-ulit na panawagan sa atin pong mga kababayan ay sana po sumunod tayo sa mga umiiral na batas ngayon, mga alituntunin,” appealed Relly Bernardo Jr. of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO).

[We constantly appeal to our constituents to follow health regulations, follow the law.]

“Siguraduhin po na nakakasunod po tayo sa mga protocols gaya ng pagsusuot ng mask, regular hand sanitation, at physical distancing,” he added.

[Always make sure that we are following protocols like wearing of masks, regular hand sanitation, and physical distancing.]

Likewise, the LGU is asking for help from the private markets in the city to conduct COVID-19 tests among their tenants.

The LGU added that private market owners can request from the city hall should they lack funds. —MNP (with details from JP Nunez)

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)

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