PDEA declares 74 barangays ‘drug-free’ in Oriental Mindoro

admin   •   May 12, 2017   •   20510

ORIENTAL MINDORO — The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)Region 4B has cleared 74 barangays in Oriental Mindoro, of any influence of illegal drugs.

The drug-free communities include nine barangays in the city of Dansalay Oriental Mindoro; five barangays in Bacon and two barangays in Roxas.

PDEA declares a barangay as “drug-cleared ” if there is no presence of a drug-user, pusher, drug den, marijuana plantation or drug laboratory.

Grace Lano, the spokesperson of PDEA Region 4B said it is important to free a barangay of illegal drugs which brings about various types of crimes. — Sherwin Culubong | UNTV News & Rescue

PDEA probes online shop for selling ‘tooters’

Marje Pelayo   •   September 19, 2019

PASIG CITY, Philippines – Drug operatives discovered that some drug paraphernalia could be easily bought through online shops.

On Thursday (September 19), agents from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) seized over P600,000 worth of illegal drugs in two separate buy-bust operations in Pasig and Quezon City.

Juan Carlos Reyes Antonio, a licensed pharmacist, was caught in possession of suspected marijuana and ecstasy tablets along with other drug paraphernalia inside a hotel in Pasig City around 2:30 AM on Thursday (September 19).

The illegal drugs were valued at P483,000.

Meanwhile, another suspect Nilo Manipon Ramirez Jr., a registered nurse, was nabbed at around 4:20AM along Kamuning Road in Quezon City.

Ramirez was caught in possession of P142,000-worth of suspected shabu and drug paraphernalia.

Antonio bought his ‘tooters’ through an online shop.

“Dalawang transaksyon. Either iyong kliyente [ang] pumupunta sa hotel at doon na sila nagja-jamming or they just buy online (Two possibilities. Either the client goes to the hotel where they jam or they just buy online). explained PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino.

The official assured to subject the said shop to an investigation before they act on the matter.

Aquino noted that it is prohibited to sell ‘tooters’ may it be in stores or online because it is an item being used solely in illegal drugs.

“I’ll just wait for their explanation first and then kung ano’t-ano man ang kalalabasan (whatever comes out of the investigation) then we will file a case against them,” Aquino said.

A delivery company is currently being investigated by PDEA on reports that it caters delivery of illegal drugs. — MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

Drilon: Anti-drug campaign is failing due to ‘recycling’ of illegal drugs

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 17, 2019

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon expressed disappointment after Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Chief Dir. Gen. Aaron Aquino admitted that ‘recycling’ of illegal drugs is still rampant.

According to Drilon, the said admission is a “sign” that the administration’s campaign against illegal drugs is not working.

“Given that admission, I am not very optimistic about the success of the anti-drug campaign, in general,” he said.

Drilon also expressed dismay that the very people who enforce the law are the ones violating it.

“This is worrisome. This is a decades-old case of bantay-salakay, wherein the people who are given the task of enforcing the law insofar as drug trafficking is concerned are the ones who lead the anomalous practices,” Drilon said.

In order to prevent the “horrible” practices, according to Drilon, he will request the Office of the Court Administrator to strictly enforce the law on the burning of drugs confiscated.

The senator will also propose to reopen the PDEA unit in the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa, after its old unit was closed.—AAC

PDEA: BuCor released three convicted Chinese drug lords despite PDEA’s opposition

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 10, 2019

The Bureau of Corrections has released three convicted Chinese drug lords despite the opposition of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

In an exclusive report of UNTV News reporter Lea Ylagan, The Bureau of Pardons and Parole (BPP) wrote to PDEA for an opinion on a possible executive clemency for around 30 drug convicts.

Based on PDEA’s response, 15 of them no longer have pending cases hence the approval of their release.

However, PDEA opposed the release of 13 convicted Chinese drug lords due to the severity of their cases.

Despite PDEA’s opposition, BuCor still ordered the release of three convicted Chinese drug lords last June 4, 2019 which include 14 other foreign drug convicts.

This is proven by the list of 1,914 convicts released by BuCor which was exclusively obtained by UNTV News.

READ: 17 foreign drug convicts freed under GCTA law

PDEA Spokesperson Dir. Derrick Carreon said they are dismayed by the BuCor’s said action.

“Tayo po ay sumagot sa liham na pinadala sa atin ng Bureau of Pardons and Parole at hindi na natin idinitalye iyong ating opposition doon sa certain candidates for grant of executive clemency kung saan iyong 13 doon ay may existing pang mga kaso kaya atin pong tinututulan, (We responded to the letter sent by the Bureau of Pardons and Parole and we did not expounded on our opposition to certain candidates for grant executive clemency where 13 of them still have existing cases).” he said.

Carreon added they are prepared to cooperate with the Philippine National Police (PNP) to rearrest drug convicts after the 15-day deadline given by President Rodrigo Duterte.

READ: Duterte orders freed heinous crime convicts to surrender

Meanwhile, the PNP continues to coordinate with the Bureau of Immigration regarding the released foreign convicts.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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