PDEA chief insists magnetic lifters stuffed with shabu

Marje Pelayo   •   August 31, 2018   •   2761

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Aaron Aquino


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Aaron Aquino, who skipped the hearing two weeks ago, was compelled to attend the resumption of the House inquiry on the alleged P6.8B shabu smuggling on Thursday (August 30).

He insisted that the four magnetic lifters found in Cavite were stuffed with about a ton of “missing” methampetamine or “shabu”.

The containers were discovered a day after P2.4-B worth of shabu was seized in similar containers at the Manila International Container Port.

The containers tested negative for traces of illegal drugs but Aquino said the agency’s K9 unit who detected illegal substances on the lifters can never go wrong.

“I can challenge everyone here. Maglalagay ako ng isang karton dyan maglagay tayo ng bomb dog. Pag umupo ang bomb dog sino ang malakas ang magsabi na alugin ang kahon (I will bring a box in here and a bomb-sniffing dog. If the dog sits beside it, who among you is brave enough to shake the box and check)? If you don’t believe in K9 then do it,” dared Aquino.

Party-list solon Antonio Tinio is convinced that indeed, illegal drugs were stuffed into the magnetic lifters.

“Very clear na yung pagpasok nung mga magnetic ng dalawang batch ng magnetic lifter ay iisa lang ang mga responsable dyan kasi nga yung ang ebidensya iisa yung warehouse na destination dapat nung dalawang shipment na ito,” said Tinio (It is very clear that only one party is responsible for the two batches of magnetic lifters that came into the country because both shipments were addressed to the same warehouse).

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) presented the thermal image of the four magnetic lifters to prove that those were empty, saying it is not unusual to have hollow portions in the lifters which are designed for the copper wires.

On Wednesday, authorities filed charges against four suspects in connection with the P2.4-billion  drug haul in Manila Port. – Cathy Maglalang | UNTV News & Rescue

P141 million worth of shabu seized in Pasay – BOC

Robie de Guzman   •   December 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Wednesday said it has intercepted more than 20 kilograms of shabu (crystal meth) estimated to worth more than P141-million in a warehouse in Pasay City.

In a statement, the BOC said the illegal drugs were concealed on two parcels, which were declared as speakers. These were shipped to the country from the United States.

The illegal drugs were discovered during an examination conducted by Customs agents at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

The BOC said the seized drugs will be turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for further investigation.

The name of the parcels’ consignee and sender were not disclosed due to the ongoing probe.

The bureau said the importation of dangerous drugs is a crime punishable under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 in relation to the Customs Modernization Tariff Act.

The BOC added that the latest discovery of illegal drugs is the result of the continued efforts of the BOC in coordination with PDEA and other members of the NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (NAIA-IADITG).

VP Robredo no significant contribution to PH anti-drug war – PDEA Chief

Marje Pelayo   •   December 12, 2019

Vice President Leni Robredo

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo has contributed nothing significant to the country’s anti-drug campaign, according to Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Chief Aaron Aquino.

This, despite Robredo’s brief appointment as co-chair of the Interagency Committee on Anti-Drugs (ICAD).

“She did not in any way supervise our people down there in the fields,” Aquino said.

“So I guess wala namang nabago o wala namang dapat glaring issues na makikita natin na talagang bumababa ang krimen o bumababa ang accomplishments natin sa drugs,” he added.

Aquino believes that Robredo could have understood the state and the scope of the illegal drug menace in the country if she had met with the different clusters of ICAD before she proceeded to establishing international connections such as with the US Embassy and the United Nations officials.

Aquino said, the Vice President only met with the enforcement cluster during her stay in ICAD.

“Should she met the four clusters, mas magiging malaki ang kaniyang scope of knowledge kung ano ang drug situation ng Pilipinas, Aquino noted.

“And maybe after meeting the four clusters, sana kung mayroon man siyang ma-i-implement na program or strategy to strengthen the ICAD, sana nagawa,” the PDEA Director General said.

Robredo’s camp, meanwhile, advised her critics to wait for the release of her recommendations and her own report on the status of the drug situation in the country.

“She’ll deliver (her) report soon. I suggest we just wait for that,” her spokesman. Atty. Barry Gutierrez said.

President Rodrigo Duterte sacked Robredo as the anti-drug czar for her ‘missteps’ in handling her position. The PDEA together with the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) is now working on the creation of an official database of drug pushers and user in the country which is expected to be released in 2020. MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

P34-million worth of suspected shabu seized in Tawi-Tawi

Robie de Guzman   •   December 11, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Anti-drug operatives have confiscated a total of five kilograms of suspected shabu (crystal meth) estimated to worth P34 million in an operation conducted in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi on Tuesday.

The operation, jointly conducted by agents from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Philippine National Police (PNP), and Marine Battalion Landing Team 9 also yielded the arrest of three drug suspects.

The suspects, identified as Hebson Jaafar, Elmer Jamadin and Adzfar Asali, were nabbed after police posed as buyers of shabu in Barangay Poblacion.

“Matagal na pong kina-case itong drug personalities kung kaya’t kahapon nga naging matagumpay ang isinagawang operation,” Major Arvin John Encinas, AFP Western Mindanao Command Spokesperson said.

The arrested suspects are facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act. – RRD (from the report of Correspondent Dante Amento)


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