QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Tuesday (June 26) rewarded the P7 million bounty to 12 informants for their contribution to the agency’s operations against illegal drugs.
Covering their faces with black cloth, the informants personally received the cash money from PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino.
Through their help, Aquino said PDEA was able to arrest 25 drug personalities, demolished one shabu laboratory and hauled P4 billion worth of illegal drugs such as shabu, ephedrine, and marijuana.
Aquino said Operation Private Eye has been effective in encouraging private individuals to report illegal drug activities in their communities.
“Iyong operation private eye, of course, there will be more civilians who will collaborate with us, who will give us information,” Aquino said.
The PDEA Director appreciates the efforts of the civilian sector in information gathering for the success of their anti-drug operations.
”Marami kasing alam yung mga civilians na hindi namin alam. but if these civilians would help us malaman kung anong particular operations na bibirahin namin, mas madali naming makukuha,” he added.
PDEA encourages more participation from the community by reporting to the nearest PDEA regional office or call the agency’s 24/7 hotline numbers 0999-888 PDEA (7332) for Smart subscribers; 0925-573 PDEA (7332) for Sun subscribers; and 0927-9150616 for Globe subscribers. – Charlie Barredo / Marje Pelayo
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture Senator Sherwin ‘Win’ Gatchalian has called for stricter monitoring in schools after reports of students allegedly using illegal drug alternatives such as “magic mushroom”.
In a statement, Gatchalian said that it is alarming to hear reports about high school students using psychedelic mushrooms or ‘magic mushrooms’ commonly found in rural areas as a form of illegal drugs substitute.
Department of Education (Deped) Secretary Leonor Briones said that several high school students were hospitalized after using the said illegal drug substitute.
Gatchalian also said that this incident needs to be investigated further in order to come up with a solution for the safety of the students in the country.
“Marami rin tayong dapat malaman. Gaano na karami ang naiulat na ganitong uri ng insidente? Paano natuklasan ito ng mga mag-aaral? Saan ito laganap? At ano-ano ang naging mga epekto nito sa ating mag-aaral? (We also have a lot to be learned. How many similar incidents were reported? How did students discover it [magic mushrooms]? Where is it rampant? What are its effects on our students?), ” he said.—AAC
The Philippine National Police (PNP) is looking into all the possible angles, including drug involvement, for the case of the nine missing children in Pasay City.
According to Pasay City Chief of Police PCol. Bernard Yang, one of the missing children is allegedly involved in illegal drugs and is listed on the drug watch list.
“Sa ngayon hindi po natin masasabi pa na may involment ang mga bata sa droga pero hindi po rin natin isinasantabi po iyan, (For now we cannot say that the children are involved in illegal drugs but we are not discounting the the possibility),” he said.
The PNP also belied reports that the missing children were recruited by leftist groups. Authorities also continue to coordinate with the parents for additional information including CCTV footage.
However, Yang lamented how the parents of the missing children went on social media to post about the case and not to the authorities.
“Sa totoo lang doon din po kami nagtataka mas nauna pa po pinost nila sa social media bago po nag-report sa amin, (To be honest we were wondering why they posted on social media first before reporting to us),” he said.
“Hindi tama na mag-post lamang sa [Facebook] ang kailangan pumunta agad sa mga kapulisan upang i-report ang mga pangyayari at mabigyan ng aksyon (It is not right to just post on Facebook, they first need to go to the police to report the incident),” Yang added.
Meanwhile, the PNP reminds parents to always check on their kids and always be aware of their whereabouts.—AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said it respects President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to fire Vice President Leni Robredo as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).
“PDEA respects and believes in the wisdom of the President,” PDEA chief Aaron Aquino, also the ICAD chairperson, said in a statement Sunday (November 24).
“Whatever happens, PDEA will continue to carry out its mandate to rid the country of illegal drugs with utmost sincerity and integrity,” he assured.
Philippine National Police (PNP), likewise, said it supports the President’s decision and assures that the campaign against high profile drug personalities will continue with utmost respect for human rights.
“The President has spoken,” PNP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said.
“The PNP respects the decision of the President terminating the services of Vice President Leni Robredo as ICAD co-chair,” he added.
President Duterte fired Robredo as ICAD co-chair barely three weeks after he appointed her to the position.
In two weeks, the vice president has met with members of the private sector, representatives of various government agencies, religious groups and with officials of the United Nations (UN) to consult on how the government would treat the illegal drugs problems in the country.
But Malacañang noted several ‘missteps’ in Robredo’s actions such as her meeting with UN and her request to have access on classified information or the list of high value drug targets.
Earlier in Robredo’s appointment to ICAD, Duterte said he would fire her if confidential information leaked especially to foreign authorities. MNP (with details from Harlene Delgado)
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