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PDEA launches ‘Balay Silangan’ for drug users seeking rehab

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the lead anti-drug law enforcement agency in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) launched Wednesday their new program, Balay Silangan Reformation Program.

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino said Balay Silangan will serve as “an alternative intervention” for people suffering from addiction and are not allowed to undergo medical treatment.

Four pilot sites will be opened in General Santos, Cabanatuan City, Capiz and Caloocan City.

The program will incorporate general intervention such as education, health awareness and psychological/spiritual/physical activities like counseling, moral recovery, and values formation. — UNTV News & Rescue

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PDEA eyeing local officials in Lanao del Sur ambush

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

 

A dead body of a PDEA agent in an ambush in Lanao del Sur | Screengrab from a video posted by Facebook user John Rajah

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is looking at two to three local officials as persons of interest in connection with the ambush of PDEA agents in Lanao del Sur last week.

The agency, however, declined to name these personalities.

“Ayon sa updates from the ground, may identified po tayong mga local politicians possibly involved in the incident and the investigation is focused on that,”
PDEA Chief Public Information Officer, Dir. Derrick Arnold Carreon said.

Other than PDEA, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has also launched an investigation into the incident.

The police escorts of the slain PDEA agents have been relieved from their posts for allegedly leaving behind the victims minutes before their ambush.

“So nag-utos si Police Director General Oscar Albayalde ng malalimang imbestigasyon kung bakit nag overtake yung sasakyan ng police escort just minutes bago natambangan ang ating mga kasamahan,” Carreon said.

PDEA believes that the arrest of high-value targets in the province is among the motives behind the attack.

“Marami po ang mga high value targets ang nahuli dun sa area among the most worthy noong September na kakatapos lamang ay yung pagkakaaresto sa isang provincial board member kasama ang ilan niya pang mga kasamahan na may posisyon din,” said Carreon.

Meanwhile, the Commission On Human Rights strongly condemned the attack against the PDEA agents.

The CHR Region 10 is conducting its own probe into the incident and has extended their condolences to the victims’ families.

CHR spokesperson Atty. Jacqueline de Guia said the incident proves that the culture of impunity has become rampant in our society.

The Commission also hopes that the government will be able to solve the culture of killings in the country.

De Guia reiterated that only the implementation of the rule of law and due process can put a stop to the cycle of violence and build a community that values each human life. — Benedict Samson

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Drug groups eyed in Lanao del Sur ambush on PDEA agents

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, October 8th, 2018

Drug traders out for revenge may be behind the ambush of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agents in Barangay Malna, Kapai Lanao del Sur last Friday, October 5, which killed five people and wounded two others.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief PDG Oscar Albayalde said PDEA’s intensified operations in the province could easily set off revenge attacks against the agency.

“I gave instruction sa regional director doon to look into this deeply… meron na silang mga persons of interest dito. Meron silang grupong binabantayan not only the PDEA but also the Philippine National Police regional office natin,” Albayalde said.

He added that the five police escorts of the slain PDEA agents have been relieved from their posts.

Albayalde said the escorts’ van was initially behind the vehicle boarded by the agents, but overtook them minutes before it was gunned down

The police escorts were not able to respond immediately because they were carrying short firearms only.

PDEA Director General Usec. Aaron Aquino has earlier discounted the possibility of theft or terrorism as motives for the attack since the high caliber firearms, wallets and cellular phones of the slain agents were intact. — Lea Ylagan

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5 PDEA agents killed, 2 others hurt in Lanao del Sur ambush

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, October 5th, 2018

 

 

Members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) were ambushed in Barangay Malna, Kapai , Lanao del Sur, on their way back from attending a program for drug surrenders at Tagoloan Municipal Police Station (MPS) on Friday (October 5) at noon.

A group of unidentified suspects attacked the government agents resulting in the death of five PDEA members and injuries to one of them and to the non-uniformed personnel (NUP) of the Tagoloan Municipal Police Station.

Reinforcements from the Tagoloan and Kapai municipal police stations responded to the incident and conducted hot pursuit.

The victims were identified as PDEA members Kenneth Tabulo, Kristine Mae Torlao, Lores Joy Amar and Binzo Dipolla and Diobel Pacinio who expired while undergoing treatment at the Amai Pakpak Medical Center, Marawi City.

Rachel Gentapanan of PDEA and NUP Normina Dicay are currently undergoing treatment.

Authorities are conducting further investigation into the incident.

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