Narco cop killed in Quezon anti-drug op

admin   •   August 9, 2018   •   6207

Slain narco cop Ian Rey Abitona

Two days after President Rodrigo Duterte warned over a hundred “scalawag” police officers at Malacañang, a narco cop was killed on Thursday (August 8), after resisting arrest during a buy-bust operation conducted by the Counter Intelligence Task Force (CITF), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Quezon Provincial Police Station.

The slain police was identified as PO2 Ian Rey Abitona of Infanta Municipal Office Station.

CITF commander PSSupt Romeo Caramat said that the warning of the President had nothing to do with the killing of the rogue police.

Caramat added that Abitona has long been under surveillance operation after he was reported to have been recycling and selling seized illegal drugs.

Abitona has also been known to use civilian assets in selling illegal drugs.

“Kanina nga gumawa tayo ng buy-bust operations at PO2 Abitona opted to fight it out with police operatives when he saw that he was transacting with the police-poseur buyer. Pero ayaw naman sana namin mangyari ito but we cannot do anything but to defend ourselves,” said the commander.

The CITF chief said that Abitona would even blatantly deal drugs while in uniform.

Caramat warned rogue cops like Abitona:

“My advice to our fellow policemen doing illegal activities is to stop immediately; otherwise I can say that their days are numbered.”

Abitona had been assigned to the illegal drugs unit in Quezon Provincial Police Office because of an earlier involvement in illegal drugs.

He is the fourth police officer killed in a CITF operation for resisting arrest. The group has made 20 arrests since Caramat took office as the CITF chief on June 8.

A thousand more police officers are listed as targets in succeeding operations. — Lea Ylagan

Lacson, Sotto test negative for illegal drugs

Maris Federez   •   November 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential aspirant Senator Panfilo Lacson and running mate Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Monday (November 22) underwent voluntary drug testing at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) office in Diliman, Quezon City, and tested negative for drug use, a statement from the Partido Reporma said.

Earlier in the day, Sotto said: “Magkaalaman na kung sino matatapang”.

The Lacson-Sotto tandem said their move was to show that they are drug-free and fit to run in the 2022 national and local elections.

Sotto earlier said that ordinary drug tests only determine “shabu” or  “marijuana” use.

However, the PDEA test that they took, he said, is a ‘’multi-drug one-step immunometric assay for the detection of drugs of abuse in urine.’’

In the statement, Lacson said he and Sotto took a multi-drug screening procedure, which is capable of detecting all types of illegal substances in a human body. They both tested negative for illegal drugs.

The tandem went through all the protocols from the signing up of forms to the submission of their urine samples where an attending physician monitored them closely to ensure the authenticity of the tests.

Last Friday, Lacson suggested Friday conducting a random drug test to candidates following President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement on an unnamed presidential candidate who was into cocaine.

“I have never been addicted to drugs all my life, so I have no problem with that. In fact, we should all undergo random testing to make it more credible,” he said.

Meanwhile, in an ambush interview in General Santos City, Senator Christopher ‘Bong’ Go who is also running for president, reiterated that, although it is not mandatory, he is willing to undergo drug testing any time of the day.

“Ako naman po willing magpa-drug test anytime of the day. Anytime po kung kakailanganin,” Go said.

“Though hindi mandatory, pero just to prove lang po sa Pilipino kung sino yung fit na mamuno sa ating bansa ay willing po akong magpa-drug test, any time of the day po,” he added. —/mbmf

Sara Duterte sacks info officer who attended party raided for drugs

Robie de Guzman   •   November 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has terminated a city information officer who attended a party that was later raided for illegal drugs by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

In a statement on Tuesday, Duterte said she fired information officer, Jefry Tupas, a day after she was linked to a party raided by anti-narcotics agents.

The raid, conducted by PDEA at a beach party in Davao de Oro last Saturday, yielded some P1.5 million worth of party drugs and marijuana.

Tupas earlier admitted to attending the party but stressed that she left early after eating.

“The former City Information Officer, Jefry Tupas, of the City Government of Davao was involved in a drug raid last November 6 in the Municipality of Mabini, Province of Davao de Oro,” Duterte said.

“The details of the raid are known only to the PDEA officers in Davao de Oro and Ms. Tupas,” she added.

The mayor said Tupas was informed of her termination on November 7.

“Last Sunday, Jefry signified her resignation and on the same moment she was informed that she is terminated from work with the City Government of Davao,:” Duterte said.

PDEA agents arrested at least 17 people during the raid.

Narco politicians, muling binalaan ng PNP kasunod ng pag-aresto sa  isang kandidato sa Cotabato

Maris Federez   •   October 22, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — Muling nagbabala ang pamunuan ng Philippine National Police (PNP) sa mga pulitiko na nakikipagsabwatan sa mga sindikato ng iligal na droga sa bansa.

Ito’y kasunod ng pagkakaaresto sa mayoral candidate na si Tom Nandang, alyas Datukon Nandang, na tumatakbong alkalde sa Kabuntalan, Maguindanao.

Nakuha kay Nandang ang nasa 5-milyong pisong halaga ng shabu at isang .45 caliber pistol.

Si Nandang ay kasalukuyang nasa kustodiya ng Philippne Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) habang inihahanda ang kasong isasampa laban sa kanya.

Ayon kay PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar, hindi titigil ang pulisya sa pagtugis sa mga politiko na may kaugnayan sa iligal na droga.

“I am reiterating my warning against political aspirants with connections to criminal groups, you will be arrested. The PNP will stop you from using your guns and goons to try to steal the elections from our kababayan,” ani Eleazar. —/mbmf

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