Law enforcers seek revival of death penalty after P2-B drug bust in Makati, Las Piñas

Marje Pelayo   •   November 28, 2019   •   728

MANILA, Philippines – Authorities have had enough of the illegal drug menace in the Philippines.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) and other law enforcement agencies are again pushing for the revival of death penalty as drug syndicates seem to have grown even fearless of the country’s law against illegal drugs.

The PNP Drug Enforcement Group recently seized P2-billion worth or 371 packets 1 shabu in Makati City.

Another drug buy bust operation in Las Piñas City yielded at least 17 kilograms of suspected shabu.

PDEG Commander Romeo Caramat Jr. said the Chinese national arrested in Makati on Wednesday (November 27) identified as Liu Shao allegedly served as warehouse-keeper of drug syndicates in the Philippines while those two suspects arrested in Las Piñas were his courier, in addition to two others arrested on November 6.

“If you will ask me kung nasaktan ang drug syndicate sa pagkakahuli kay Liu Shao, definitely kasi it will take time para makahanap muli ng isang trusted man na bodegero, (If you will ask me if drug syndicates were impacted by the arrest of Liu Shao, well definitely, because it will take them time to look for another trusted keeper of their warehouses),” Caramat said.

Because drug syndicates appear to be unfazed, the PNP together with the Philippines Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) calls on lawmakers to expedite the reinstatement of drug penalty.

DDB Chairperson Secretary Catalino Cuy said he favors the imposition of death penalty for drug trafficking while PDEA Deputy Director Gen. Gregorio Pimentel noted that drug personalities do not stop even after they leave detention. So, for their operations to end, death penalty is needed.

“Everybody ends up in New Bilibid Prisons. Doon nai-enhance pa nila ang organized network nila to traffic illegal drugs (Inside (NBP), they are enhancing their organized network to traffic illegal drugs,)” Pimentel said.

“So we give them a chance to reunite and reconnect with other drug personalities and if they get out that will be a bigger problem so I am in favor for the death penalty,” he added.

PNP OIC Police Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa, meanwhile, argued that drug suspects themselves confess that the reason why they do business in the Philippines is because of the absence of death penalty.

“Coming from the accused and the suspects themselves, based on interrogation, why are you doing this here in the Philippines? Because there’s no death penalty. That’s the simple (reason),” Gamboa noted.

Gamboa confirmed that the illegal drugs seized yesterday was sourced from outside the country.

Through the re-calibrated anti-illegal drugs campaign of the government, Gamboa said they expect to reduce illegal drugs supply in the country and eventually arrest high value targets the soonest.

“(As I always say), let’s go for the high value target. Let’s go for the bigger catches,” Gamboa concluded. MNP (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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PNP eyes lifestyle check on cops to stop corruption

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 30, 2020

The Philippine National Police (PNP) said it will also conduct lifestyle checks among its ranks following President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to end corruption in the government.

PNP Chief PGen. Camilo Cascolan said the agency will also make changes in the process of PNP frontline services to prevent corruption in the release of documents.

“Susundin po namin iyan by the book (We will follow it by the book) and we will strictly implement to those people who are actually violating and coming up with corruption practices,” he said.

Cascolan also assured to strictly monitor and file appropriate charges against PNP officials proven to be involved in irregularities or any form of corruption.

“We’ll we have stiff penalties with regard to that and they will be
given sanctions. We will also file cases against them if needed,” he said. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

PNP deploys search and rescue teams to Quinta-hit areas

Robie de Guzman   •   October 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – More than 1,000 members of police search and rescue teams have been deployed to assist in areas heavily battered by Typhoon Quinta, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Monday.

PNP chief General Camilo Cascolan said the search and rescue teams will particularly help local government units in the implementation of forced evacuation in regions severely affected by the typhoon, as well as in areas highly susceptible to landslide and floods following heavy rains.

“We also have to re-echo the directive that we should be able to force evacuate those who are in high risk areas, most specially for flooding,” Cascolan said.

The PNP chief also ordered the deployment of additional 200 policemen to monitor residential areas whose homeowners were forced to evacuate due to the storm.

“We have policemen guarding these areas to prevent looting incidents from happening in those residences,” Cascolan said.

He added that more than 6,000 more police officers are on stand by for deployment.

Cascolan said he has also ordered police ground commanders to help in the distribution of food packs to families in evacuation centers through the PNP’s Food Bank program.

Typhoon Quinta caused flooding in some areas and forced thousands of residents to flee their homes.

Around 12 fishermen were also reported missing in Catanduanes.

The state weather bureau said the storm is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility on Tuesday morning. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Police nab 1 of 13 Caloocan jail escapees

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 22, 2020

Police authorities caught one of the 13 detainees that escaped from Caloocan Custodial Facility Unit Extension on Thursday (October 22).

The detainee, identified as Aries Dunacao, was caught in his home Thursday morning.

Caloocan Chief of Police PCol. Dario Menor said they still continue their manhunt operation for the other 12 whose crimes involve illegal drugs, illegal possession of firearms, and robbery.

Menor said the 13 detainees were under quarantine for 51 days and were supposed to get transferred to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Facility which might have pushed them to escape.

Alam kasi nila na ililipat sila sa BJMP, kasi natapos na po sila ng quarantine ng 51 days, mayroon kasi kami na ginawa na rapid test noon (They know they will be transferred to the BJMP because their 51-day quarantine has been finished. We conducted a rapid test there),” he said.

Based on the rapid test for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), two of the 13 escaped detainees are positive for COVID-19, however they tested negative on the confirmatory or swab test.

Meanwhile, two police officers assigned to the Caloocan custodial facility were removed from their posts.

“They will be facing an investigation. In fact, we are now conducting the investigation,” according to Menor. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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