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P3.4-M shabu seized in Manila mall drug bust

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2018

 

Suspect Salahudin Takao Kendayo

 

MANILA, Philippines — A man was arrested by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for selling drugs inside a mall in Manila.

The suspect who hails from Cotabato was identified as Salahudin Tokao Kendayo.

Authorities conducted the buy-bust operation at the mall’s parking area where Kendayo was eventually arrested.

Five sachets of suspected shabu worth P3.4 million were confiscated from the suspect.

“Ang source niya ng drugs ay nanggaling pa sa Alabang and we are still verifying sa initial investigation namin na connected siya sa malaking grupo sa Mindanao na nagbabagsak din hindi lang sa Mindanao but dito sa Metro Manila,” said PDEA team leader operation Gregor Bugalin.

(He sources his drugs from Alabang and we are still verifying our initial investigation that he is connected to a bigger group in Mindanao that supplies drugs not only in Mindanao but also in Metro Manila.)

The suspect said he was just told to transport the drugs by his cousin who is an inmate at the Manila City Jail.

“Pumayag po ako kasi bago lang ako sa Manila tapos yun nga, wala pa akong mahanap na trabaho. Tumawag yung pinsan ko. Inutusan ako bibigyan daw ako ng 5,000,” said the suspect.

(I agreed to it because I’m new in Manila and I couldn’t find a job. My cousin called me up and said he’ll pay me 5,000 for the delivery.)

PDEA said the suspect had been under surveillance for two weeks.

A tip from an informant led to the discovery of the illegal operation Kendayo’s illegal operations.

“The suspect was previously arrested by the PNP in Tondo, Manila for violation of Section 11 Article 2 of RA 9165. Last May 22 he was released on bail,” said Bugalin.

Kendayo expressed regret over his decision to act as a drug mule.

“Natakot din po pero naisip ko sabi ko magkakapera na ko. Hindi ko na naisip na ikakasira pala ng buhay ko,” he said.

(I was also afraid to do it but thought of the money I would be receiving. It never occurred to me that it will ruin my life.)

The suspect is currently detained at PDEA headquarters and will be facing charges for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. — Victor Cosare

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#WalangPasok: Classes, gov’t work in Manila suspended prior to Xi’s state visit

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, November 19th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Classes on Tuesday (November 20) at all levels in public and private schools in Manila have been suspended.

Based on the Executive Order No. 41 of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, the class suspension is in relation with the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

President Xi will be attending the wreath-laying ceremony at the Rizal Monument, therefore, Manila Police District has recommended classes suspension to enforce security measures.

Suspension of work in Manila City government is also included.

Work in Manila courts including the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals are also suspended. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Truck runs over motorcycle rider in Pandacan

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Brain matter scattered at the crash site

 

MANILA, Philippines — Motorcycle rider, Allan Rivera, died on the spot after being run over by a truck in Barangay 868, Pandacan, Manila at around 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday (November 13).

Traffic enforcer, Lito Urdaneta, rushed to the scene after hearing a loud crash.

“May lumagapak sabi ko, ‘Ano yun?’ Tiningnan ko. Tinakbo ko. Tiningnan ko agad, ‘Ay, utak.’ Tumakbo ako pabalik sa pulis,” Urdaneta recounted.

(Something crashed and I wondered what it was. I ran towards it to check. I then saw pieces of brain matter. I ran back to the police.)

Rivera’s lifeless body was found underneath the truck.

The truck’s driver Edilberto Manayao promptly surrendered to authorities.

Manayao said he wasn’t aware that a motorcycle was driving alongside him.

“Paglagpas ko diyan sa may crossing, madilim po kasi, bandang kanan niya. Ngayon, nung lumagapak yung motor niya, doon po ako nag-full stop. Nakita na yung motor nakatumba … doon ko po nakita yung tao,” said the truck driver.

(After I passed the crossing, it was dark on the right side of the road where the motorcycle was. When it fell over, that’s when I made a full stop. I then saw the fallen bike…and the body.)

Manayao claimed that he was driving slowly. Nevertheless, he asked forgiveness from the victim’s family.

Though a CCTV camera is installed in the area it failed to capture the whole incident. — Gerry Galicia

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13 arrested in QC anti-drug sweep

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, November 12th, 2018

Three suspects nabbed in Commonwealth, Quezon City

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Thirteen individuals have been arrested in simultaneous anti-drug operations in Quezon City.

An alleged drug pusher and his live-in partner were arrested in a buy-bust operation of the Quezon City Police District.

The suspects were identified as Joey de Ramas and Mary Rose Gordo; both are residents of Barangay Commonwealth Quezon City.

Authorities also arrested the couple’s visiting friend, Joy Rance.

De Ramas denied dealing drugs but admitted to using it and working as a runner for the illegal drugs.

“Hindi po, nagrarunner lang po. Inutusan lang kumukuha tapos bumibili tapos dinadala, ibinibigay ko (I’m just a runner. I just follow orders to pick up the goods and deliver to buyers),” he said.

Meanwhile, seven men were caught in the middle of a pot session in Barangay Payatas, Quezon City.

Police recovered in their possession 9 sachets of suspected illegal drugs and paraphernalia.

One of the arrested men, Wilfredo Caldea, claimed innocence.

“Di ko po alam, napadaan lang po ako eh. Napadaan lang po ako doon (I have nothing to do with it, I just happened to drop by),” he said.

Police also conducted a buy-bust operation in Barangay E. Rodriguez, Cubao, Quezon City where two siblings and another individual were arrested.

The suspects were identified as Juhari Suraida Ampoan, Jamail Suraida Demacore and Marie Grace Velasco.

Ampoan, denied pushing drugs but admitted to using them when working.

“Sa ano ko lang naman eh, kapag may inaayos na cellphone. Yung natyempuhan nila may inaayos ako noon na cellphone. Kapag wala akong inaayos, wala. Halos wala nga kaming makain eh, (I only use [drugs] when I’m fixing a cellphone. The police chanced upon me while I was repairing one. I don’t use [drugs] when I’m not working on anything. We can barely afford food),” Ampoan reasoned out.

Police Senior Inspector Ramon Aquiatan of QCPD Station 7 said the siblings were placed under a week-long surveillance by barangay officials.

“Base doon sa ating poseur- buyer, itong magkapatid ang nabilihan niya ng ilegal na droga at narecover din yung buy bust money sa posisyon nung magkapatid (According to our poseur-buyer,he was able to buy drugs from the siblings and police even found the buy-bust money in their possession),” Aquiatan said.

Authorities recovered the P500 buy-bust money and 10 sachets of suspected shabu in the siblings’ possession. — Gerry Galicia

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