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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: 60 barangay officials on ‘narco list’ won in May 14 polls

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, May 17th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: A barangay election precinct

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) confirmed that 60 from 207 barangay officials on the narcolist won the May 14 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls.

PDEA Chief Aaron Aquino said 36 of them won as barangay chairmen while 24 won as councilors.

Aquino claimed these officials used drug money to buy votes.

The agency is now preparing for the filing of charges against the said officials with active connections to illegal drug trade. – UNTV News and Rescue

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PDEA files charges against Malabon barangay captain

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, May 11th, 2018

 

(L-R) PNP-NCRPO PSSupt. Audine Villacon, DILG Usec. Martin Diño, NCR Regional Director Ismael Fajardo, DILG Regional Director Maria Lourdes Agustin

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Friday, May 11, filed criminal and administrative complaints against Alvin Mañalac, barangay chairman of Barangay Tinajeros, Malabon City.

Mañalac is among the more than 200 barangay officials that PDEA named as having links with illegal drug trade.

He is now facing charges in violation of the R.A. 6195 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

According to PDEA National Capital Region Director Ismael Fajardo Jr. the complaint was based on information that the agency’ received from Chinese authorities regarding a shabu laboratory tagged as “Dragon Woo” that was operating in Barangay Tinajeros. The said shabu facility was allegedly owned by Mañalac, who was said to be a member of a drug syndicate called “Golden Triangle.”

Fajardo said investigation against Mañalac is ongoing while the agency is still gathering evidences against other barangay officials on the agency’s narcolist. – Grace Casin |
UNTV News & Rescue

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PDEA releases ‘narcolist,’ 207 barangay officials to face raps

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, April 30th, 2018

(Second to the left) PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino holding up list of barangay officials allegedly linked to illegal drugs.

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has released Monday, April 30, the list baring names of barangay officials allegedly involved in illegal drug trade.

The list includes 90 barangay captains and 117 barangay kagawads.

In a statement, PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino attested to the accuracy of the list as it “has been validated by four law enforcement intelligence agencies in the country.”

Based on the list, Region 5 has the most number with the 70 barangay officials involved in drugs trade; followed by Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR) with 34 and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) with 13.

The agency said they are continuously building up evidence against the personalities to further strengthen the case which is expected to be filed in two weeks time.

The disclosure of the list, according to Aquino, is in response to the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte. – Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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