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P300-M worth of smuggled rice seized in Bulacan warehouses

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

Image grabbed from Bureau of Customs Facebook

Several warehouses in Marilao Bulacan on Tuesday, September 11, were raided by Customs operatives and members of the Philippine National Police after authorities received reports that large quantities of smuggled rice are being kept inside.

An estimated 125,000 sacks of imported rice valued at P300 million were discovered inside seven warehouses located at Federal Corporation (FedCor) Compound in Barangay Ibayo, Bulacan.

Customs authorities are waiting for the parties responsible for the imported goods to present proof that payment for the duties and taxes of the smuggled rice has been made.

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Price of firecrackers spike by 30% in Bocaue, Bulacan

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 25th, 2018


BULACAN, Philippines – Vendors expressed concern over low supply of firecrackers from manufacturers in Bocaue ahead of the year-end revelry.

This low supply prompted them to increase in prices by 30% from the previous price.

Ding Dinglasan observed that in the past 20 years as firecracker vendor, it was just this year that the firecracker capital of the Philippines experiences shortage in supplies.

Ding added that many firecracker manufacturers did not deliver additional stocks even the regular suppliers such as Arial, Platinum and Diamond, a well-known firecracker manufacturer in Bulacan.

“Dadalawa na lang. Dati lima iyan talaga. (Iyong) Arial hinahanap ng ibang tao pero wala na. Iyong Platinum marami ring naghahanap noon dahil magandang brand. Kaya lang wala rin silang parating, Iyong Diamond naman mga fountain lang kaya hahanapin yun,” he said.

Currently, firecrackers like the so-called ‘sawa’ now sells at P700 from the previous P500 per 2,000 rounds; P450 (from P300) per 1,000 rounds; and P200 (from P150) per 500 rounds.

 Decorative lighting devices, meanwhile, now sells at P25,000 for every 200 shoots, an P5,000 increase from previous price; P5,000 (from P3,500) for every 100 shoots; P2,500 (from P2,000) for every 49 shoots; and P800 (from P500) for every 16 shoots.

Sparklers now sell at P35 (from P30) for each bundle while the fountain now costs P50 (from P25) for every piece.

 “Expected naman na mataas kasi kulang ang mga suplay talaga. Mas maraming stock dati kaysa ngayon,” explained Marcelo Angeles of the Marcelo Fireworks Dealer.

Still, firecracker vendors are looking forward to the surge of buyers beginning December 27 until December 31 on the eve of the new year when the demand for firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices peaks. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Nestor Torres)

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MCGI, UNTV give gifts to 500 students in Bulacan

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 20th, 2018


Students line up for their gifts

Many students in the country keep on persevering despite their poverty.

To pursue their studies, they get contented with their old school supplies and uniforms.

Some of them are in Calumpang Elementary School in the town of Calumpit, Bulacan.

As part of Ang Dating Daan’s 38th year celebration, MCGI’s Bro. Eliseo Soriano and Kuya Daniel Razon granted presents to 500 students.

Parents of Kuya Daniel Razon, Bro. Dan and Sis. Beth Razon personally handed out gifts to the students.

These include school supplies such as bags, notebooks and pens, and even toys.


Gifts presented by Members Church of God International and UNTV

“Di po namin ito makakalimutan at masaya po kami, dahil po may bagong bag. Salamat po sa inyo. Sana po marami pa kayong matulungan,” said Sherwin Ulan, a recipient.

“Ito po ang estudyante ko na si Rica Blaza, na talagang kapos sa buhay. Alam ko na siya’y masaya dahil napagkalooban na siya ng bag. Salamat dahil meron na siyang bagong bag. Dati niyang ginagamit medyo luma,” said Vengie Mangalonza, a teacher.

“Masaya po. nagpapasalamat po kami sa UNTV saka sa Ang Dating Daan, dahil nabigyan ng regalo yung anak naming. ‘Di po naming alam na darating po kayo: turuan yjng mga bata ng tama, pag-aralan ang mabuti kung ano yung mali,” said Jomel Mangalonzo, a parent.

Apart from the gifts, Bro Dan and Sis Beth left an important message for the teachers, parents, and students of the school.

“Kung meron kang ibibigay, mapalad ang nagbibigay kaysa tumatanggap. Sana matimo sa puso nila yung ating ginagawa para tayo maging huwaran nila sa lahat ng gawang Mabuti. Kapulutan ito ng magandang halimbawa tayo. Para kung sakaling pagtanda ng mga bata, paglaki… makagawa rin sila ng mabuti sa kapuwa,” said Dan Razon.

“Sa pamamagitan namin, ng mga magulang, maituwid nila ang mga lakad ng mga bata. Kung may nakikita silang ginagawang hindi tama sawayin nila kasi isang paraang yun para pagpapatuwid, sa ikabubuti ng mga anak nila, sa kanilang paglaki,” said Beth Razon.

Bro. Eli Soriano has previously granted the school’s request of a new school canteen.


Calumpang Elementary School’s canteen donated by MCGI and UNTV

“Unang request na grant naman ay ang canteen kung saan ngayon ay nagagamit na naming. Ikalawa nga, ito gift-giving para sa mga mag-aaral ng Calumpang Elementary School. Sapagkat ang alam natin ang kaligayahan lagi naming inuuna ang kapakanan at kaligayahan ng mga bata at alam naming si Kuya Daniel mapagbigay kaya inilapit namin na mabigyan sila ng regalo, at nareceive na nilang lahat,” said Nina Sumalabe, the school principal. — Nestor Torres | UNTV News & Rescue

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49 individuals charged over P11-B shabu smuggling case except Lapeña

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, December 13th, 2018


The magnetic lifters that allegedly concealed 1,618 kilograms of illegal drugs valued at P11-billion


MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has filed charges against 49 individuals involved in the billion-peso shabu shipment concealed inside four magnetic lifters that slipped Customs screening in August.

Former Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña, however, was not among the respondents because according to PDEA, there wasn’t any strong evidence to prove Lapeña’s direct involvement in the transactions.

“We haven’t seen any evidence that will link directly former commissioner Lapeña sa mga kaso and that is why he was not included in filing of the case,” Aquino said.

“After this we will provide copies to the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission, (and) maybe with the Ombudsman.  I think they have more authority to file administrative cases,” he added.

Among the main respondents in the complaint are some officials of PDEA, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to include Former Senior Supt. Eduardo Acierto; Former PDEA Dir. Gen. For Administration Ismael Gonzales Fajardo; Former Customs Intelligence Agent Jimmy Guban; Police Inspector Lito Pirote; and Joseph Dimayuga for alleged conspiracy and negligence in handling of the said shipment.

The PDEA noted that they included Guban in the case despite him being under the state’s witness protection program.

“We actually consider him as principal person of interest or suspect so I don’t think we will recommend his inclusion in the WPP,’ said Director IV Czareanah Aquino of the PDEA Legal Prosecution Service

In a text message, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra assured to get into the root of the matter.

“We’ll evaluate the matter seriously,” he said.

The case stemmed from the inquiry conducted by both Houses of Congress which revealed names of personalities, including some Chinese nationals, corporate entities and high-ranking PDEA officials allegedly involved in the said illegal transaction.

A total of 335 kilograms of shabu were discovered in August 7, 2018 at the Manila International Container Port (MICP).

A day after, a similar shipment estimated at 1,618 kilograms of illegal drugs valued at P11-billion were discovered concealed in four magnetic lifters inside an abandoned warehouse in Barangay F. Reyes, General Mariano Alvarez (GMA), Cavite . The series of operations yielded the biggest illegal drugs haul in the country to date. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

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