Lanao ambush on PDEA agents well-planned – PDEA Chief
Marje Pelayo • October 10, 2018 • 2862
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)
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)
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)
CEBU, Philippines – The Sinulog Festival kicked off last week and since then thousands of tourists have already flocked the province for the week-long celebration.
This prompted authorities to beef up security measures to ensure that peace and order is observed during the course of the festival.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Region 7 has intensified their monitoring against the entry and proliferation of party drugs especially in large party areas where local and foreign tourists congregate.
Canine units have already been deployed in strategic places across the province.
Patrol units, meanwhile, have been roving to immediately detect suspicious activities especially group activities that can be a potential venue for illegal drug use.
“Ang pinaka-primary natin concern, magtuon tayo ng pansin doon sa mga lugar kung saan posible may mga taong magdadala ng ilegal na droga. So alam naman natin pag party meron dyan party drugs. Kapag may kasiyahan kaakibat ang paggamit ng droga,” said PDEA-7 Director Wardley Getalla.
Specifically, the PDEA-7 will closely monitor seaports and airports in Cebu to prevent any entry of illegal drugs in the province.
“Alam naman natin yung influx ng mga passenger kasi pagka merong festival madami. So posible may magpasok din ng droga so hihigpitan natin yung mga port of entry lalo na yung ating major seaport at airport,” Getalla added.
The agency reminds party goers to immediately notify them of any suspicious activity or person. Parents are likewise advised to monitor their minors’ whereabouts and the people they hang out with to ensure their safety. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Gladys Toabi)
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