Former Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, accused by President Duterte as one of the protectors of illegal drug trade in the country.
MANILA, Philippines — “Kung gusto niyang linisin ang pangalan niya, umuwi siya dito at harapin ang mga bintang laban sa kaniya pero habang siya ay nagtatago, continuing evidence of guilt.”
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the statement in a press conference in the town of Alimodian in Iloilo last Saturday in a call to former Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog to return to the country and face his involvement in the illegal drug trade.
(Flight is evidence of guilt. If he wants to clean his name, return and face the allegations against him. But while he is in hiding, [it is] continuing evidence of guilt.)
The case being faced by Mabilog was opened after President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned it during his speech in Tarlac last week.
“Hindi na siya umuwi kasi papatayin ko talaga siya,” said President Duterte. (He did not return because I will really kill him.)
According to the presidential spokesperson, if Mabilog is scared for his safety he can ask for a protection from the court.
He also added that President Duterte has no personal grudge against the former mayor.
“Well, he could avail of the existing instruments and remedies already found in the statute book. If he really thinks there’s a threat on his life, file a writ of amparo and ask for protection from our courts,” said the official.
In August 2017 , Mabilog went to Japan for an official visit and has not returned since after the President mentioned that he is one of the protectors of the illegal drug trade in the country.
He was dismissed from service by the Office of the Ombudsman in October 2017 because of unexplained wealth.
Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte has once again warned mayors who are involved in illegal drug operations.
“Do not feel so invulnerable na pati iyong mga pulis ninyo pinapatay ninyo (that you would even have your own police killed) and you are using the office of the mayor as your platform for drug distribution. Talagang hihiritan kita (I will really go after you). Hihiritan kita (I will go after you) because you are destroying the nation,” said the President. — UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — Iloilo City has been placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) effective September 25 until October 9 due to the increasing number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the city.
According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque the new measure is based on the issued Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Resolution 74 which also requires facility-based isolation for confirmed asymptomatic and mild COVID-19 cases.
However, the resolution exempts patients who are considered vulnerable or having comorbidities as confirmed by the local health officer.
Another exception would be when the Ligtas COVID-19 Centers within the region are fully occupied and the local government unit does not have sufficient isolation facilities.
On Tuesday (September 22), 33 employees of the Iloilo City Hall tested positive for COVID-19 prompting the three-day temporary closure of the establishment beginning Wednesday (September 23) as declared by Mayor Jerry Treñas in Executive Order No. 215-A.
Prior to that, 13 barangays in the city were placed under total lockdown due to the increase in community transmission of COVID-19.
MANILA, Philippines – Hindi pa rin umano tumitigil sa kalakalan ng iligal na droga ang self-confessed drug lord na si Kerwin Espinosa.
Sa ekslusibong ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan sa UNTV Ito Ang Balita ngayong Miyerkules, sinabi ni Police Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido na tuloy pa rin si Espinosa sa pagbebenta ng iligal na droga kahit naka-detine ito sa pasilidad ng National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
Katunayan aniya nito ay ang pagkakapaslang sa ilan nitong tauhan, kabilang na ang isang nagngangalang Ryan Labandaria, sa isang operasyon ng Philippine National Police Drug Enforcement Group (PDEG) at National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) sa Lower Bicutan, Taguig City noong May 23.
Nakumpiska sa naturang operasyon ang nasa 12 kilo ng hinihinalang shabu na nagkakahalaga ng P81.6 milyon.
Sinabi rin ni Espenido na mga tauhan rin ni Espinosa ang dalawang magkapatid na sina Angelica at Maria Lyn Tulio na nahuli sa sinalakay na warehouse sa Marilao, Bulacan noong nakaraang linggo kasama ang isang Chinese national na nakilalang si Yuwen Cai.
Nakuha sa mga ito ang nasa 827 kilo ng hinihinilang shabu na nagkakahalaga ng P5.1 bilyon.
Inihayag rin ni Espenido na isa rin sa mga drug courier ni Espinosa si Danny Apiga na pinaslang sa Macapagal Boulevard kamakailan kasama ang isang Chinese national na si Jin Long Cai, na anak naman umano ng Chinese drug suspect na nahuli sa Bulacan.
“Mga tauhan lahat ni mayor, yung Ryan galing yan sa Albuera. Courier yan courier, mga kinuha yan,” ani Espenido.
Ayon naman sa hepe ng PDEG na si Brigadier General Romeo Caramat, patuloy pa nilang sinusuri ang natanggap nilang impormasyon ukol kay Espinosa.
“Meron kaming unvalidated info pero vini-verify pa namin to be sure,” ani Caramat.
Naniniwala si Espenido na hindi naging hadlang kay Espinosa ang pagkakadetine nito dahil mas lumawak pa ang drug operation nito.
“Powerful na eh, mas grabe ka-powerful s’ya kung i-compare mo noong una. Mas powerful s’ya ngayon kasi, yung nga, naka-detain na nakalaro pa,” ayon sa opisyal.
“Actually Pampanga, Bulacan, Cavite, Pasay at saka Taguig ang area nila. Actually ang mga tao dito sa Albuera, lahat dinala ni Kerwin doon sa Luzon,” dagdag pa niya.
Si Espenido ang nanguna sa mga raid na inilunsad ng pulisya sa mga bahay ng mag-amang Espinosa noong 2016 noong siya pa ang hepe ng Albuera Police sa Leyte.
Nasawi sa operasyon ang ama ni Kerwin na si Rolando Espinosa Senior na alkalde noon ng bayan ng Albuera. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)
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