NCRPO seizes shabu worth P81.6-M in Taguig City

Maris Federez   •   May 24, 2020   •   771

MANILA, Philippines — The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has recorded one of the biggest amounts of methamphetamine hydrochloride, commonly known as “shabu”, confiscated by local police during an anti-illegal drug operation on Friday night, May 22, along C6 Road in Lower Bicutan, Taguig City.

The combined anti-illegal drug efforts of the Regional Intelligence Division/Regional Special Operations Unit- NCRPO, Regional Drug Enforcement Agency, District Intelligence Division- Southern Police District and Taguig City Police Station together with Philippine National Police- Drug Enforcement Group Special Operations Unit 4, all under the leadership of PMGen. Debold Sinas resulted in an armed encounter against the two (2) armed suspects.

The NCRPO chief identified the suspects as Ryan Labandaria and Ervyn Querubin.

The arrest was made through a buy-bust operation wherein a police operative acted as a poseur buyer.

The suspects, however, noticed that they were dealing with the police and a scuffle ensued. The suspects then fled the scene on board a black Nissan Navarra with the police on their tail.

The police said the suspects were subsequently apprehended and the operatives yielded twelve (12) large packs of dangerous drugs wrapped in Chinese Tea Bag packaging with an estimated weight of more or less 12 Kilograms of suspected shabu, and with an estimated DDB Value of Php 81.6-million.

Aside from the drugs, the police were also able to confiscate the following:

  • one .45 caliber pistol with one magazine loaded with six (6) live ammunitions;
  • one KG9 sub machine gun with one live ammunition for chamber load inserted with banana type magazine loaded with nine (9) live ammunitions; and,
  • one extra banana type magazine loaded with nine (9) live ammunitions

Police said an ambulance was called to bring the wounded suspects to hospital for medical treatment.

All evidence had also been brought to the RSOG-NCRPO for safekeeping, while the illegal drugs will be submitted to the Crime lab for examination.

Sinas, meanwhile, commended the operating teams for what the chief called a remarkable accomplishment of Team NCRPO’s war against illegal drugs.

“This accomplishment is reflective of Team NCRPO’s dedication and unwavering support of the marching order of the President and the Chief, PNP to cleanse the Metro from proliferation of illegal drugs,” Sinas said.

“With the largest amount of shabu busted by Team NCRPO so far this year, we have also minimized its possibility of destroying the lives and future of our fellowmen,” he added. — /mbmf

Police seize P13.6-M worth of shabu; Nigerian national killed in buy-bust operation

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police-Drug Enforcement Group (PNP-DEG) seized P13.6 million worth of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) in a buy-bust operation in Pasig City, where a Nigerian national was killed.

In a report of PNP-DEG Director PBGen. Ronald Lee, the Nigerian national identified as Christopher Chukwuma was an alleged member of West African Drug Syndicate.

Authorities posed as buyers of illegal drugs during the operation. The suspects were able to perceive the said operation which led to an armed encounter.

Suspects attempted to take the firearms of the police and tried to fire back.

Chukwuma is a resident of Angeles City, Pampanga and was reported to have escaped in a previous drug operation of the PNP in Tarlac last December 31, 2020. -AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Police arrest rebel leader wanted for murder

Maris Federez   •   January 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detention Group (PNP-CIDG) operatives have captured another ranking rebel leader, Allan Morales, who is wanted by the court to stand trial for murder.

In an advisory, the PNP Public Information Office said that the operation was under the instruction of PNP chief, PGen. Debold M Sinas to “intensify the implementation of court processes against CPP-NPA-NDF personalities wanted by the law for criminal cases.”

The move was also in support to Executive Order No. 70 creating the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).

The PNP said Morales, who uses the aliases Joseph Erwin Rimando, Alvin Advincula, Budlat and Dante Morales, was arrested by a composite police-military team led by CIDG, NCRPO and JTF-NCR in Saphire Street, Brgy. Payatas B, Quezon City at 12:00 noon on Wednesday (January 6).

The arresting team served a Warrant of Arrest issued by Tagbilaran City RTC Branch 4 presiding judge Sisinio C. Virtudazo for the crime of murder.

Based on the reports by CIDG Director, PMGen. Joel Napoleon Coronel, authorities have confiscated from Morales the following:

  • eight barrel assemblies for M4 assault rifle;
  • one fragmentation hand grenade;
  • one KG9 9mm submachine gun with one magazine and 22 pieces of 9mm ammunition; and
  • one caliber .45 pistol with on magazine assembly loaded with seven rounds of cal.45.

Morales is the Deputy Secretary of the Regional Committee of the Negros-Cebu-Bohol-Siquijor (NCBS) Regional Committee of the CPP-NPA-NDF.

He is formerly the Secretary of Regional Peasant Sugar Workers Bureau (RPSWB) of Negros, a former Secretary of Regional Committee for Central Visayas, and a former Secretary of the National Youth Student Bureau.

Sinas signs dismissal of 9 cops involved in Jolo shooting

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 31, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief PGen. Debold Sinas said he already signed the resolution dismissing the nine cops involved in the shooting of four military men in Jolo, Sulu.

After six months, the PNP released a decision on the administrative case filed against the nine policemen involved in the Jolo shooting in June 2020. Sinas said he agrees with the recommendation of the PNP-Internal Affairs Service (IAS).

“Iyong resolution po ay natapos na, na-review na, na-evaluate na. I already signed last Monday, December 28, for the dismissal from the police service ng siyam. Sa ngayon ay sini- serve na po iyong order nila (The resolution has been finalized. It has been reviewed and evaluated. I already signed last Monday, December 28, for the dismissal of the nine cops from the police service. The order is currently being served),” he said.

The PNP Chief said there is strong evidence against the involved cops and it is supported by the statement of witnesses.

Meanwhile, the nine cops have 10 days to file a motion for reconsideration as part of due process. Sinas also said the PNP is coordinating with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for the dismissal process.

“After finally ma-implement ang dismissal nila ay itu-turn over na namin sila sa mga kamag-anakan nila unless otherwise mayroong warrant of arrest (After the implementation of the dismissal we will turn them over to their relatives unless there is a warrant of arrest),” Sinas said.

The nine cops are currently under restrictive custody at Camp Crame. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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