Magalong, Aquino fear for security of own families due to heightened death threats

Maris Federez   •   October 4, 2019   •   1024

PDEA chief Dir. Gen. Aaron Aquino (L) and Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong (R)

 “Wala lang galawan ng pamilya o kaya they just have to make sure that na ‘pag may ginawa siya sa ‘kin eh, I will not survive otherwise all hell will break loose.”

(Just don’t touch my family or they just have to make sure that when they do something to me, I will not survive otherwise all hell will break loose. )

This was what Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong had to say on the threats he has been receiving left and right in the past week.

The former chief of the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) also confirmed that he received a piece of A1 or top quality information on Thursday (October 3) on the purported plans of those who want to hurt him.

 “Tinext na agad ako noong security ko tinext na rin siya ng isang gun for hire na, yung kilala niyang gun for hire eh may kumausap na raw at pinag kuwan ako (My security texted me as he received a message of one gun-for-hire whom he knew. The gun-for-hire said someone has talked to him already and wants me dead). I just have to, you know, be conscious with my security lalong lalo na sa aking family (especially of my family),” Magalong said.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Dir. Gen. Aaron Aquino, on the other hand, said that he is already used to receiving death threats.

He, however, believes that the threats he is receiving now are more serious, which prompted him to also strengthen the security for his family.

Natambangan ako ng (I had been ambushed) four times already. I even sold one of my small houses dahil kinasing na ako doon (because I had been monitored there). But the threat has intensified recently,” Aquino recounted.

All these stemmed from their expose on the 2013 agaw-bato incident in Pampanga that involved 13 police officers who allegedly engaged in recycling or reselling of illegal drugs that they confiscated from an anti-drug operation in Pampanga in 2013.

These police officers were under PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde when he was still the chief of Pampanga Provincial Police.

Aquino said that although he has no regrets doing what he did, he had to consult his family first before he made his move.

Sabi nila (They said) the truth will set you free. Sabi nila (They said) ‘Daddy, papa tell the truth,’” Aquino added.

Mayor Magalong, meanwhile, said he received messages from several police officers after Thursday’s Senate hearing.

“Thank you, sir, for standing and speaking up for the truth. We are carefully listening to all of the resource persons’ testimonies and honestly, sir, we are really demoralized,” Magalong quoted some of the messages. (from the report of Grace Casin) /mbmf

Two suspects nabbed for selling injectable shabu online

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 20, 2020

Two men were arrested by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) after they were caught selling illegal drugs in Mandaluyong City on Thursday (February 20).

A member of PDEA posed as a buyer and, after confirming the illegal activity, authorities arrested Mark Kenneth San Juan and Jeffrey Saclao.

Authorities seized 26 syringes of suspected liquid shabu with an estimate of P52,000. They also seized one sachet of suspected shabu worth around P13,600.

According to PDEA Spokesperson Derrick Carreon, the suspects are also selling drugs online based on their social media accounts.

Carreon also said the suspects target the youth using social media. He also warned about the negative effects of using drugs.

“So, maaari po talagang mangyari sa inyo ang mga hindi kanais-nais na mga bagay apart from the fact na it leads to (Bad things can happen to you apart from the fact that it leads to) the spread of several infectious diseases,” he said.

PDEA has taken custody of the two suspects and will face charges for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. —AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

PNP-CIDG: 6 co-passengers of nCoV cases show symptoms

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 6, 2020

Six co-passengers of the couple who tested positive of the novel coronavirus, have shown flu-like symptoms, according to the report of the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation Group (PNP-CIDG).

Based on the PNP-CIDG’s contact tracing, CIDG Deputy Director for Administration PCol. Rhoderick Armamento said three co-passengers from Cebu Pacific flight 5J241 (Cebu-Dumaguete) on January 21 showed symptoms.

Meanwhile, the other three co-passengers who showed symptoms were from Philippine Airlines flight 2452 (Dumaguete-Manila) on January 25.

Three of the six co-passengers are currently under quarantine in various hospitals.

Armamento said they advised passengers they called under contact tracing to undergo self-quarantine and observe their health.

“Hanggang doon lang kami actually, hanggang contact tracing lang. Kung may sinasabi sila na ‘sir inuubo po ako, sinisipon’, immediately tinatawagan namin agad ang DOH (All we can do is contract tracing. If they say, ‘sir, I have a cough, cold’, we would immediately call the DOH),” he said.

He also called on airline companies to make sure all the information they will provide are verified.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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Prosperity Ball raises funds to help Taal evacuees, female drug surrenderers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 28, 2020

A group of local entrepreneurs held the 2020 Prosperity Ball to help raise funds for Taal eruption evacuees and female drug surrenderers.

The said event held at Okada Manila on Friday (January 24) was attended by famous personalities, entrepreneurs, and private individuals.

Event organizer Dr. Rhoda Espino said Taal evacuees are in need of medical attention.

She said they will coordinate with local government units (LGUs) to monitor the situation in every evacuation center.

“We will be studying what they need. I think right now they are suffering from diarrhea and skin problems,” she said.

Another beneficiary of the event are the female drug surrenderers temporarily residing at Balay Silangan, the community-based reformation program of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Authority (PDEA).

PDEA Dir. Gen. Aaron Aquino, one of the guests in the said event, raised the issue of the lack of livelihood programs for female drug surrenderers. He also called on LGUs to provide jobs to female surrenderers who graduated in PDEA’s Balay Silangan program.

“It’s important na pagka-graduate ng drug surenderer, especially ng mga kababaihan, dapat may trabaho sila (when they graduate they should immediately have jobs, especially the women). Dapat may pagkakakitaan sila (They should have a livelihood). Otherwise if they do not earn anything they will go back to their old ways. Babalik at babalik sa dati nilang bisyo, (They would keep returning to their old vices),” he said.

Espino also said they will continue to raise funds for PDEA’s Balay Silangan program.

“We want to create livelihood programs especially for the female surrenderers so they would have a better life and they won’t go back to the drug trade,” Espino said.

The event sold designer clothes, wines, and travel tickets, the proceeds of which will go to the Taal victims and the purchase of sewing machines for the female drug surrenderers under the Balay Silangan program.

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