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

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, 28 February 2019 04:40 PM

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

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PDEA Chief: Don’t vote for narco-politicians

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, 20 February 2019 06:54 PM

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron Aquino calls on voters not to vote for politicians involved in illegal drugs, saying their election budget most likely came from illegal drugs.

Aquino previously said 83 politicians are included on the narco list of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Meanwhile, Malacañang said the list of narco-politicians should first be validated before publishing it in time for the May 2019 midterm elections as proposed by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

“Di ba si President na noon ang naglabas na rin noon So it goes without saying na kung si presidente mismo naglabas.” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said. (The president already released a list before. So it goes without saying, if the president himself released it.)

The Philippine National Police clarified that they will not be releasing a narco list and reiterated that their task is only on the validation of the said list. They will leave the releasing of the narco list to the president and PDEA.

“Tayo ay sa pag-validate lang pero we do not maintain the list of narco-politician. What we have is yung list ng counter-intelligence watchlist namin involving our personnel at non-uniformed personnel.” PNP Chief PDG Oscar Albayalde said.

(We only validate, but we do not maintain the list of narco-politicians. What we have is the list of counter-intelligence watchlist involving our personnel and non-uniformed personnel.) — Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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PDEA seizes over P1-M suspected shabu in Taguig entrapment op

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, 5 February 2019 05:10 PM

suspected shabu

MANILA, Philippines — Two drug suspects were nabbed at the parking lot of Sunshine Mall in Taguig City on Monday (February 4) by the joint forces of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Region 4-A (Calabarzon) and PDEA-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

The suspects were identified as Abdul Kalipa, 19, and Jamil Umpar, 29, who hail from Marawi and North Cotabato respectively.

Two hundred grams (200g) of suspected shabu worth P1.2 million were seized from the suspects.

PDEA said that the information given by their office at Camp Vicente Lim helped greatly in the arrest of the suspects who were operating in Taguig.

The suspects strongly denied any involvement in illegal drugs.

“’Di ko alam na ganyan ang laman. Sabi niya sakin chocolate. Biglaan ang pangyayari. Kung alam ko lang na ganyan ang laman ng plastic, sinauli ko na sa kaniya,” said Umpar.

“Hindi ko naman po alam na may dala pong iligal po. Pumasok ako sa sasakyan tapos hindi ko naman po alam na may dalang iba,” said Kalipa.

The suspects will face drug charges for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Act of 2002. —Sherwin Culubong | UNTV News & Rescue

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PDEA gets more power in new MOA with BOC

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, 31 January 2019 01:28 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) renewed its partnership with the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in a new memorandum of agreement on strengthening drive against illegal drugs.

Last year, the two agencies were in hot water when linked to the billion-pesos shabu controversy.

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino and Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero led the MOA signing on Thursday to strengthen the two agencies’ cooperation against illegal drugs.

They agreed to conduct a monthly regular meeting to discuss operational matters and to strengthen strategic planning towards accomplishing their mandate.

Aside from amendments in the earlier MOA signed on September 10, 2010, the new agreement provides PDEA the authority to conduct anti-drug operations as well as the investigations of seized illegal drugs and other controlled precursors and essential chemicals hauled from BOC inspections.

The MOA will also require deployment of Customs anti-illegal drug task force personnel.

The agreement also gives authority to PDEA to change or remove from post personnel who will be proven involved in illegal drug activities.

Also highlighted in the agreement is PDEA’s new power to conduct random inspection on cargoes and shipping vessels.

“(The) Bureau of Customs and PDEA will have a better intelligence information sharing not all intelligence and information emanates from PDEA. There are also information coming from international counterparts that directly gives it to Bureau of Customs,” Aquino explained.

“We at the Bureau of Customs admit that we have weaknesses and gaps in our current system and that is the reason why some illegal contraband were able to enter (sa) ating territory,” Customs chief Guerrero said,

“But with the support ng ating agencies such as the PDEA, we feel that we have a strong partner to make sure that for illegal drugs there is another agencies that is focused on ensuring that these illegal substances prevent from entering our shores,” he concluded.

The two agencies vowed to strengthen their information gathering and sharing to ensure that no illegal drugs will enter the country. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from JL Asayo)

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