Parojinogs sourced illegal drugs from New Bilibid Prisons
by UNTV News | Posted on Thursday, August 10th, 2017
It was in 2004 when the Parojinogs began their illegal drug trade.
They began with selling small amounts of shabu that they would supply to nearby towns.
But the Parojinogs eventually saw the need for more shabu supply, and they would get them in huge amounts at the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP).
This has been the revelation of Police Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido.
The chief of Ozamis Police said it was revealed to him by the witnesses and hitman hired by the Parojinogs themselves.
The witnesses and the hitman gathered their courage to tell him all following the death of Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog.
Not only civilians were involved in the illegal drug trade of the Parojinogs, but there were also cops that served as protectors of the illegal activities in the area.
President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Wednesday a P2-million reward for the capture, dead or alive, of the cops involved in the illegal drug trade in Ozamiz.
“Information revealed that there are cops involved in the activities of the Parojinogs. Maybe that information came from the president. But it’s true that there are really cops, I just don’t know how many,” said Espenido.
He added that he had always issued warnings to the Parojonig family from the time he was assigned in the area.
Espenido said they did talk to them but the Parojinogs never admitted their illegal drug operations.
“They never admitted to it, they would always blame politics,” he said. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) conducted Oplan Galugad inside the Correctional Institution for Women (CIW) earlier on Monday.
More than five million pesos worth of illegal drugs were confiscated inside the facility.
The drugs were confiscated from Taiwanese national Yuk Lai Yu alias Anna Sy Balmeo, a known drug lord.
Yuk Lai is 72 years old and an inmate at the CIW and is said to be connected with drug lords in other major penitentiaries in the country.
The illegal drugs were hidden inside panty liners and other packages.
Aside from illegal drugs, the PDEA seized a million pieces of capsules, which are suspected to contain shabu, and cheques amounting to more than P600,000.
Also found were ATM cards, one bank account with more than P1.5 million deposited to Anna Sy Balmeo and other currencies worth more than P100,000.
“We conducted three test-buy operations and we were able to buy drugs from Yu Yuk Lai. From there on nag-case build-up kami,” said PDEA Dir. Aaron Aquino.
Yuk Lai is also using her daughter, Dianne Yuk Lai, for other transactions outside the penitentiary.
Dianne was also arrested for possession of one kilo of shabu.
The PDEA also subjected all CIW employees to a drug test.
Ten employees were found to be involved in the drug trade inside the prison.
Allegedly, the prison guards allowed the entry of deliveries for Lai without undergoing inspection.
“Instead of going through the entrance, they are going through the back door. Doon sa exit sila pumapasok and nobody dared to frisk or to check the things that are brought inside the CIW,” said Aquino.
The current director of CIW, Elsa Alabado, was relieved and was replaced by Atty. Daisy Castillote.
This is the first time an anti-drug operation was conducted inside the Correctional Institution for Women. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) said it does not want all its efforts in the war on drugs to be put to waste, especially the actions it enforced to address the proliferation of the selling and use of shabu in the streets.
The PNP claims to have given huge contributions to prevent the spread of illegal drugs in the country.
This is why PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa noted that if more cops get involved in illegal drug trade activities, and the number of crime increases, he will personally ask the president to allow the police to return to the drug war.
“If the situation worsens, like when peddling of shabu returns to the streets, and the transactions for such become more open, and no one is intervening anymore, I will go to the president and ask him to allow us to return to the scene. Let’s not neglect the country, and allow the Philippines to become pitiful,” said Dela Rosa.
However, the PNP chief noted that that the loss of lives will remain inevitable if cops are allowed again to conduct illegal drugs operations.
The police general emphasized this would only happen when the lives of his men are put at risk during such anti-drug raids.
“Don’t ask change from us. Ask that from the drug personalities. If you don’t want the war on drugs to be violent, to be bloody, then tell them to stop selling drugs. Stop fighting back against the police,” said the PNP chief.
Dela Rosa, meanwhile, clarified that the PNP is confident of the ability of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to address the illegal drug trade.
This is why the PNP chief said that his men are on standby in case PDEA calls for help.
“If they ask for support, we will give them. If not, then we are hands-off,” said Dela Rosa. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — In a statement, Senator Leila de Lima said she was dismayed and saddened by the decision of the Supreme Court on the two petitions she filed.
The senator said that she will continue the fight, further maintaining her innocence in the accusations against her.
De Lima’s camp is set to file a motion for reconsideration regarding the Supreme Court’s decision.
Magdalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano, meanwhile, believes the SC’s decision on De Lima’s case is a form of revenge.
“What is happening is, the law is being forced to agree to the policies of the administration. That’s right. It will further encourage authorities that even without evidence… because imagine a case which is drug trading. How could you be involved in drug trading when they have not recovered any illegal drugs in your possession,” said Alejano.
In a vote of 9-6 yesterday, the Supreme Court dismissed the petition of De Lima to nullify the arrest against her and to transfer her illegal drug trading charges before the Office of the Ombudsman and Sandiganbayan.
The high tribunal explained that her arrest has a basis and that the anti-graft court has no jurisdiction over cases involving illegal drugs.
Attorney Marwil Nacor Llasos, a law reform specialist from the University of the Philippines College of Law, is worried over the decision of the country’s high tribunal, noting it seems to show a pattern that one can easily predict.
Llasos cited as examples the SC’s decision to allow the burial of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, the implementation of martial in the entire Mindanao, and lastly, the arrest and detention of the government’s staunch critic, Senator Leila De Lima.
“The Supreme Court has been so polarized already and I doubt it if it still already based on the hard facts of the law and the facts of the case or there are political realities involved,” said Llasos.
“In terms of the case of De Lima, the government achieved its purpose which is to silence her, to put her behind bars so none will criticize the actions of the administration.
However, for House Minority Floor Leader Danilo Suarez, the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of De Lima is appropriate.
“I’ve seen the menace of drug problem and for 6 years, she should have been at the front against it. But she was the one who was supporting it, so why would you let it escape?” said Suarez.
Malacañang, on the other hand, refused to comment on the issue. — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue
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