PDEA nabs DOH doctor, 6 others in drug buy-bust

Robie de Guzman   •   February 28, 2019   •   9296

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Thursday nabbed a medical officer of the Department of Health (DOH) and six others in a buy-bust operation conducted at a Condominium unit in Mandaluyong.

In a report on UNTV News and Rescue’s Ito Ang Balita by JL Asayo, PDEA identified the suspects as licensed physician Dr. Vanjoe de Guzman, Keanu Andrea Flores, Mark Echauz, Gerald Fajardo, Michael Tan and an alias Boy Kulot.

Authorities recovered from the suspects six sachets of suspected shabu with an estimated street value of P340,000 and several bottles containing suspected liquid ecstasy approximately worth P30,000; drug paraphernalia, marked money and a mobile phone.

PDEA agents first arrested De Guzman, Flores and Echauz when they conducted an operation around 12 midnight at the condominium unit turned drug den, allegedly operated by De Guzman.

De Guzman denied the accusation.

“So tingnan niyo, parang kahihiyan sa work ko. I’m from the government, government employee ako tapos [I] will do that, parang… uhm I’m a user, nag-use po ako pero I don’t,” de Guzman said.

DOH said in a statement that De Guzman has been a regular employee since 2015. However, he has not been coming to work since November 2018 despite orders to report to the office.

“Dr. Vanjoe de Guzman is a regular DOH employee from February 2015, however, he has been on AWOL (Absence Without Leave) status since November 26, 2018. Despite written directives to report immediately to the office, Dr. de Guzman has failed to comply. This has prompted for DOH-MMCHD to issue an Order of Separation and commence disciplinary proceedings, in consultation with the Civil Service Commission, for his eventual dismissal from the service,” DOH said.

The other three suspects were nabbed when they showed up at the condo unit during a follow-up operation when PDEA agents contacted them using the seized mobile phone. The three were accused of peddling illegal drugs.

“Oo, inaamin ko gumagamit po ako pero not palagi po (anong trabaho mo?) nagpa-part time po ako [as an] ambassador sa isang club po and then nag-freelance model, talent/extra sa mga tapings,” Flores, a college student, admitted when asked about her involvement in the pot session.

PDEA Agent Winifredo Alagabia Jr. told reporters after the operation what they have recovered from the suspects.

“May nakuha tayong pictures, may mga hubo’t hubad na tao sa cellphone. So, may mga possibility na after using the drugs, nag o-orgy na sila, nag se-sexual orgy na sila. So, maliban sa delikado na ma-overdose, baka delikado din sa spread ng HIV yung ginagawa nila,”

Suspects are detained at PDEA main office for violating the Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. – Robie de Guzman

Drug buy-bust op in Quiapo nabs mother, son

Marje Pelayo   •   August 7, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Wednesday (August 7) presented two drug personalities nabbed for drug trade.

The raid happened on Tuesday (August 6) around 6:00 p.m. inside a hotel in Quiapo, Manila.

Authorities seized from the mother-and-son tandem 100g of shabu estimated at P600,000, the buy-bust money and a cellular phone which they used in transacting illegal drugs.

The suspects are now under the custody of PDEA and are facing charges for violating R.A. 9165 or the comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. – with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.

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Mayor Isko orders police, PDEA to clear Baseco of illegal drugs in one week

Robie de Guzman   •   August 1, 2019

Baseco Compound

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Thursday gave police and anti-drug agencies one week to clear the Baseco Compound of illegal drugs and loose firearms.

Domagoso gave the directive to the Manila Police District (MPD) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) during a meeting with the city’s Anti-Drug Abuse Council.

“May masamang impresyon sa Baseco, bakit hanggang ngayon hindi pa rin cleared. I’ve been hearing a lot of individuals carrying firearms, I want to know if these firearms are licensed, legitimately acquired,” he said.

Data from PDEA showed that 807 out of 896 barangays in the Philippine capital are still affected by illegal drug operations.

While MPD records reveal that there are still about more than 2,000 drug pushers in the streets of Manila.

Mayor Isko vowed that the city’s anti-drug campaign would continue even after the Baseco area is successfully cleared of illegal drugs.

“After one week of conducting operation, it doesn’t mean on the 8th day, 9th day, we will stop. It will be a continuing operation until ang lugar na ‘yan ay mawalan ng ipinagbabawal na gamot,” he said.

“If we can do it in Baseco, we can do it anywhere in the City of Manila, to clear barangays of illegal drugs,” he said.

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs Martin Dino, for his part, said that barangay officials who will fail to participate in the city’s campaign will face sanctions.

“Kapag bumalik ang mga na-clear ng city mayor, ng kapulisan, pasensyahan tayo… Ipasisibak ko kayo sa pwesto,” Dino said.

PDEA arrests 15 drug suspects in separate anti-illegal drug operations

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 16, 2019

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has arrested 15 drug suspects in anti-illegal drug operations in Makati and Quezon City on Tuesday (July 15).

Authorities conducted the operation in Barangay Olympia in Makati City. They seized around 25 grams of suspected shabu and over 100 grams of marijuana estimated to be worth P185,000.

PDEA Regional Special Enforcement Team served a search warrant against group leaders, Almer de Ocampo alias Inday and Ronald Ariola alias Elbi.

Authorities said they have been monitoring the activities of these suspects including their cohorts. A total of 12 individuals were arrested.

Meanwhile, three others were arrested in the anti-illegal drug operation in Barangay Pinyahan, Quezon City.

The suspects were identified as Matthew Oliveros (20 years old), Wennalyn Oca (20), John Sobrepena (22).

Authorities seized around one kilo of marijuana with a street value of P120,000.

The 15 suspects will face charges for violating Republic Act no. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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