Lanao ambush on PDEA agents well-planned – PDEA Chief

Marje Pelayo   •   October 10, 2018   •   3200

Director General Aaron Aquino of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Director General Aaron Aquino of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said he is convinced that his men fell into a well-planned ambush.

He was referring to the incident in Lanao del Sur on Friday (October 4) that led to the death of five PDEA agents.

Aquino paid a visit on Tuesday to Agent Rachelle Gentepanan who was among the two survivors.

Gentepanan told the PDEA chief that one of the gunmen looked familiar.

“Isa lang ang very glaring na sinabi niya roon.  Actually may mga pictures na kami ng mga ambushers and nung napakita sa kanya, sinabi niya sa akin na identified niya yung dalawang ambushers na nandun sa program nung time na nandun sila Tagoloan.  So it’s mean na pinagplanuhan ito,” Aquino said citing Gentepanan’s testimony.

Aside from the possible involvement of local politicians in the incident, Aquino said they are also looking into the possibility of some policemen among the plotters.

“Kung ambush lang din ang kalaban bakit hindi inambush ang mga pulis? Maliban doon sabi nila mga short fire arm. Ikaw ba sa palagay mo sa mga ganung areas, mga remote areas. Nakacamouflage ka tapos ang dala mo short fire arms?” Aquino hinted.

The PDEA Chief said that they have requested a parallel investigation with the National Bureau of Investigation on the incident. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Marisol Montaño)

 

MECQ in Lanao del Sur, GCQ in Metro Manila, five other areas starting October 1

Marje Pelayo   •   September 29, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Starting Thursday (October 1), new quarantine classifications will take effect across the country and will remain for a duration of one month, as announced by President Rodrigo Duterte in his late night public address Monday (September 28).

The President approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force to place under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) areas in the province of Lanao del Sur including Marawi City from October 1 to 31. 

Meanwhile, six areas in the country will be placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) after the end of September.

These include Metro Manila, Batangas, Tacloban City, Bacolod City, Iligan City and Iloilo City.

The rest of the country will be placed under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

The President said he is pleased with how the local governments are responding to the crisis brought about by coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

He reiterated the national government’s readiness to respond and continue its services especially in the face of a pandemic despite the criticisms.

Mga kababayan ko, wag kayong masyadong maniwala diyan sa mga atake-atake (My countrymen, don’t listen to the attacks too much). It would just muddle up your mind,” he said.

Nandito kami (We are here). Our purpose is to serve and to work, if we cannot serve, and if we cannot work, then we might as well get out of the government as ask somebody else to take over,” the president concluded. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

PDEA, PNP okay with VP Robredo’s dismissal from ICAD

Marje Pelayo   •   November 25, 2019

(L-R) PDEA chief Aaron Aquino, Vice President Leni Robredo and Philippine National Police officer-in-charge Police Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa 

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said it respects President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to fire Vice President Leni Robredo as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).

“PDEA respects and believes in the wisdom of the President,” PDEA chief Aaron Aquino, also the ICAD chairperson, said in a statement Sunday (November 24).

“Whatever happens, PDEA will continue to carry out its mandate to rid the country of illegal drugs with utmost sincerity and integrity,” he assured.

Philippine National Police (PNP), likewise, said it supports the President’s decision and assures that the campaign against high profile drug personalities will continue with utmost respect for human rights.

“The President has spoken,” PNP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said.

“The PNP respects the decision of the President terminating the services of Vice President Leni Robredo as ICAD co-chair,” he added.

President Duterte fired Robredo as ICAD co-chair barely three weeks after he appointed her to the position.

In two weeks, the vice president has met with members of the private sector, representatives of various government agencies, religious groups and with officials of the United Nations (UN) to consult on how the government would treat the illegal drugs problems in the country.

But Malacañang noted several ‘missteps’ in Robredo’s actions such as her meeting with UN and her request to have access on classified information or the list of high value drug targets.

Earlier in Robredo’s appointment to ICAD, Duterte said he would fire her if confidential information leaked especially to foreign authorities. MNP (with details from Harlene Delgado)

PDEA probes online shop for selling ‘tooters’

Marje Pelayo   •   September 19, 2019

PASIG CITY, Philippines – Drug operatives discovered that some drug paraphernalia could be easily bought through online shops.

On Thursday (September 19), agents from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) seized over P600,000 worth of illegal drugs in two separate buy-bust operations in Pasig and Quezon City.

Juan Carlos Reyes Antonio, a licensed pharmacist, was caught in possession of suspected marijuana and ecstasy tablets along with other drug paraphernalia inside a hotel in Pasig City around 2:30 AM on Thursday (September 19).

The illegal drugs were valued at P483,000.

Meanwhile, another suspect Nilo Manipon Ramirez Jr., a registered nurse, was nabbed at around 4:20AM along Kamuning Road in Quezon City.

Ramirez was caught in possession of P142,000-worth of suspected shabu and drug paraphernalia.

Antonio bought his ‘tooters’ through an online shop.

“Dalawang transaksyon. Either iyong kliyente [ang] pumupunta sa hotel at doon na sila nagja-jamming or they just buy online (Two possibilities. Either the client goes to the hotel where they jam or they just buy online). explained PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino.

The official assured to subject the said shop to an investigation before they act on the matter.

Aquino noted that it is prohibited to sell ‘tooters’ may it be in stores or online because it is an item being used solely in illegal drugs.

“I’ll just wait for their explanation first and then kung ano’t-ano man ang kalalabasan (whatever comes out of the investigation) then we will file a case against them,” Aquino said.

A delivery company is currently being investigated by PDEA on reports that it caters delivery of illegal drugs. — MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

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