by admin | Posted on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019
QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron Aquino calls on voters not to vote for politicians involved in illegal drugs, saying their election budget most likely came from illegal drugs.
Aquino previously said 83 politicians are included on the narco list of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Meanwhile, Malacañang said the list of narco-politicians should first be validated before publishing it in time for the May 2019 midterm elections as proposed by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
“Di ba si President na noon ang naglabas na rin noon So it goes without saying na kung si presidente mismo naglabas.” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said. (The president already released a list before. So it goes without saying, if the president himself released it.)
The Philippine National Police clarified that they will not be releasing a narco list and reiterated that their task is only on the validation of the said list. They will leave the releasing of the narco list to the president and PDEA.
“Tayo ay sa pag-validate lang pero we do not maintain the list of narco-politician. What we have is yung list ng counter-intelligence watchlist namin involving our personnel at non-uniformed personnel.” PNP Chief PDG Oscar Albayalde said.
(We only validate, but we do not maintain the list of narco-politicians. What we have is the list of counter-intelligence watchlist involving our personnel and non-uniformed personnel.) — Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Friday, July 5th, 2019
Two suspected drug peddlers were arrested by authorities in a buy-bust operation conducted in Cavite on Thursday night (July 4).
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) identified the suspects as Ato Labing Kasim, 30 and Jubaire Mohammad Kitab, 21.
PDEA said that Kasim and Kitab are allegedly linked to a Chinese drug lord, currently detained at the New Bilibid Prisons, who operates in parts of Metro Manila, Tacloban and Cavite. The alleged drug lord is also said to be operating in Mindanao with the help of a former mayor.
“Itong si Ato Kasim, may direct link kay Butokan Kendong na taga-Cotabato. Ito naman si Botokan Kendong, may direct link kay Montaser Sabal na amo din nito na former Mayor ng Talitay, Magindanao,” said Levi Ortiz, PDEA Special Enforcement Service Director III.
“Now these people, ang drugs kinukuha nila sa Chinese source na naka-detain ngayon sa Muntinlupa,” Ortiz added.
Recovered from the suspects were around one kilogram of shabu (crystal meth), which is estimated to worth nearly P7 million, and two vehicles allegedly used for drug transactions.
The suspects have denied the allegations.
“Hindi po namin kilala ‘yan, si Montaser Sabal,” Kasim said.
“Hindi ko po alam na mayroon pong droga sa ilalim ng upuan po ng sasakyan kasi ‘pag pinagpa-drive po ako, binibigyan ako P500 pamasahe pauwi,” Kitab said.
PDEA said the two suspects will face charges for violation of Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
“May information nga na may binabagsak na malaking kalidad ng iligal drugs doon sa farm na iyon so nag-apply kami ng search warrant and good enough nag-positive may nakuha tayong 10 kilo ng shabu (We received information about high-quality illegal drugs being dropped off at that farm. So we applied a search warrant and good enough, we seized 10 kilos of shabu),” according to Batangas Provincial Director PCol. Edwin Quillates.
Quillates added that they have been monitoring the activity of Fernandez and have noted that he had been betting P300,000-P350,000 in cockfighting which drew their suspicions.
Authorities tracked that Fernandez does not have a visible source of income since he is only a farm caretaker.
During the search, authorities were also able to seize an unlicensed .45 caliber pistol and two pots of marijuana plant.
Quillates said they will continue their investigation to identify the suspect’s cohorts.—AAC (with reports from Sherwin Culubong)
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