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P3.4M worth of suspected shabu seized in Antipolo

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, September 6th, 2018

ANTIPOLO CITY, Philippines – Operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Philippine National Police (PNP) seized over P3 million worth of suspected shabu in Barangay Mayamot, Antipolo City Wednesday night.

The suspect, identified as Emilio Dugan, 39, is a resident of Viga, Catanduanes.

Authorities were able to trap Dugan through a poser-buyer. However, Dugan’s cohort was able to escape.

“Hawak talaga ng isang operatiba natin iyong kasama niya. Noong humarang siya, (palibahasa) malaking tao, nakatakbo. Siya iyong naiwan,” recalled Agent Robert Sebastian.

Seized from Dugan were three plastic bags of suspected shabu weighing 500g and valued at around P3.4M,  along with a cellular phone and the marked money.

Dugan denied involvement in illegal drug trade.

“May nagpabibit lang sa akin nung bag. May inutos lang po na dalhin doon sa loob ng aramis. Negative po, hindi po ako gumagamit,” he argued.

The suspect will face charges for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act while authorities launch a massive manhunt against his accomplice. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Jennica Cruz)

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AFP foils NPA extortion, seizes arms cache in Rizal

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Monday, May 20th, 2019

Courtesy: AFP-2DPAO

RIZAL, Philippines — Elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) 80IB recovered assorted fire arms and ammunition during an intelligence operation against members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in the province last week.

According to the information from 202nd Brigade spokesperson and 2DPAO Chief Army Capt. Patrick Jay Retumban, soldiers were able to seize three firearms, five hand grenades and a rifle grenade in Sitio Batangasan, Barangay San Andres in the municipality of Tanay on Thursday (May 16).

80IB Commander Lt. Col. Christopher Diaz reported that “the war materiels belong to the terrorists’ extortion group who were targeting the farms in the area and, for the longest time, have been threatening the people of Tanay,”

“Your soldiers are, and will always be, ready to respond to any NPA terroristic actions,” Diaz assured the public while asking for the community’s continued support, cooperation and vigilance.

Meanwhile, Acting Commander (2ID) BGen. Elias Escarcha lauded the success of the troops’ operations against the NPA terrorists branded “enemies of the state”.

“The fact that the NPA terrorists left these war materiel as they tried to leave the area in a hurry is a manifestation of the NPA’s prevailing fear upon the government’s military might and their diminished will to fight,” Escarcha said.

202IB Commander BGen. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr, who has jurisdiction over CALABARZON, commended the operation saying “this accomplishment is a product of our former rebel engagements” wherein those who surrendered “actively participate in the government’s campaign against the NPA terrorists”. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Jennica Cruz / 2DPAO)

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LRT-2 extension to Antipolo enters final phase

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

LRT-2 East Extension Project is set to connect eastern side with greater part of Metro Manila. The project is expected to be completed by 2020. (Courtesy of Department of Transportation Facebook Page)

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) held the ceremonial track laying and installation of electro-mechanical system (EMS) at the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) Emerald Station in Marikina City on Tuesday (April 16).

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade and Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda led the ceremony.

The track works and integration of the EMS into the existing system signal that the project has entered the final phase.

Once completed, Tugade said, it will significantly reduce travel time from Recto in Manila to Masinag in Antipolo, Rizal to just 40 minutes from three hours via bus or jeepney.

“Imagine a situation where you will travel from Claro M. Recto to Masinag, to Emerald, that will take easily three hours. With the construction of the two stations to be finalized by the fourth quarter of 2020, that travel time will be reduced to a maximum of 40 minutes,” he said.

Transportation Secretary Arturo Tugade (5th from right) and Japanese Ambassador Koji Haneda (6th from right) led the ceremonial track laying and installation of electromechanical systems (EMS) of the LRT Line 2 East Extension Project on Tuesday, 16 April 2019. (Courtesy of Department of Transportation Facebook Page)

The installation of EMS will be followed by the creation of the signaling system, overhead catenary system, telecommunications system, and the power supply and distribution system, which will be used to operate trains daily.

The four-kilometer LRT-2 extension will feature two stations – the Emerald station, along Marcos highway and adjoining Gil Fernando and Felix Avenues, and the Masinag station, near Sumulong highway in Antipolo City, Rizal.

According to the Light Rail Transit Authority, the construction of viaducts and two stations are now nearing completion.

The DOTr said that overall, the project is already 60 percent complete and is expected to be finished in the fourth quarter of 2020. – Robie de Guzman

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Authorities monitor against proliferation of party drugs in 2019 Sinulog Festival

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

Authorities in Cebu City beef up security measures against the proliferation of party drugs as celebration of the annual Sinulog Festival begins

CEBU, Philippines – The Sinulog Festival kicked off last week and since then thousands of tourists have already flocked the province for the week-long celebration.

This prompted authorities to beef up security measures to ensure that peace and order is observed during the course of the festival.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Region 7 has intensified their monitoring against the entry and proliferation of party drugs especially in large party areas where local and foreign tourists congregate.

Canine units have already been deployed in strategic places across the province.

Patrol units, meanwhile, have been roving to immediately detect suspicious activities especially group activities that can be a potential venue for illegal drug use.

“Ang pinaka-primary natin concern, magtuon tayo ng pansin doon sa mga lugar kung saan posible may mga taong magdadala ng ilegal na droga. So alam naman natin pag party meron dyan party drugs. Kapag may kasiyahan kaakibat ang paggamit ng droga,” said PDEA-7 Director Wardley Getalla.

Specifically, the PDEA-7 will closely monitor seaports and airports in Cebu to prevent any entry of illegal drugs in the province.

“Alam naman natin yung influx ng mga passenger kasi pagka merong festival madami. So posible may magpasok din ng droga so hihigpitan natin yung mga port of entry lalo na yung ating major seaport at airport,” Getalla added.

The agency reminds party goers to immediately notify them of any suspicious activity or person. Parents are likewise advised to monitor their minors’ whereabouts and the people they hang out with to ensure their safety. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Gladys Toabi)

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