PDEA Region 11 believes there is basis for the narco terrorism angle on the Davao blast

admin   •   September 7, 2016   •   2859

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DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Region 11 Chief Adzar Albani believes that the narco terrorism angle in the Davao blast is not too far-fetched.

He says the anti-drug war being waged by the government has already affected the multi-billion-peso industry.

Also narco politicians are affected by the president’s move to name in the open those who are suspected to be in cahoots with drug syndicates.

That is why there is reason to believe that drug lords had a hand in the terroristic act last Friday.

He says among those on the list are 12 mayors from Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao.

“The signature of explosive used by the bombers are from the area near the 12 named personalities, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao. But that is not yet conclusive. We still do not have findings on that matter,” Albani said.

However, the Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) is unable to pinpoint for now which group is responsible for the deadly bombing.

“No less than the president made his assumption that it is an 80% offshoot of what is going on somewhere in Sulu and it is 20% retaliation from the drug syndicate. So, all of this are being taken into consideration by our investigating team,” SITG Commander P/SSupt. Valeriano de Leon said.

Meanwhile, authorities are trying to determine if the mortar round that was found in Brgy. Buhangin last June 26 or weeks before the Kadayawan Festival is related to the Friday night blast.

Bomb experts say the 60mm mortar round encased in an 81mm mortar round was not manufactured in the Philippines.

“In the course of the investigation, we are looking if they just want to divert us. It is an exercise, whether it is a drop zone. It’s not yet conclusive. We are trying to account incidents prior to the explosion,” Valeriano said.

It can be recalled that initial investigation conducted by the police revealed that the improvised explosive device use during the night market bombing used 2 mortar rounds, a 60mm and an 80mm.

But the police clarified that the mortar round found last June was only an illumination round and it lacks the component for it to be considered an explosive. — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue

PDEA arrests party drugs supplier in Quezon City

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A narcotics supplier was arrested by operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in a buy-bust operation in Quezon City.

Authorities identified the suspect as Jhun Cabaya alias Sky High who was arrested for selling “party drugs.”

They also seized from the suspect 23 pieces of ecstacy tablet worth P39,100; twenty-five pieces of Flyhigh capsules worth P42,500; and 300ml of liquid ecstacy worth P90,000; a cellular phone and the buy-bust money.

Cabaya reportedly operate in several areas in Quezon City and Pasig City.

According to PDEA, Cabaya is facing charges for violation of Section 5 and Section 11 of Republic Act 9165 or Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 for selling and possessing illegal drugs. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

PDEA destroys P6.25-B worth of illegal drugs

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 15, 2020

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) destroyed over P6.25 billion worth of confiscated illegal drugs in Cavite on Thursday (October 15).

PDEA Director General Wilkins Villanueva confirmed that 1,394 kilograms of illegal drugs and paraphernalia were destroyed through thermal decomposition in Trece Martirez, Cavite.

The move was in compliance with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to immediately destroy contraband to avoid recycling by unscrupulous individuals.

The official also said the destruction of seized illegal drugs would also ease the suspicion of the public that seized illegal drugs are being recycled by errant officials.

“Kapag natapos po ito ay zero-zero po ang inventory ng PDEA. So next month asahan niyo na mauubos ang ebidensya namin diyan sa storage ng PDEA laboratory service, (One we finish [destroying seized illegal drugs], PDEA’s inventory will be zero-zero. So next month, expect our evidence will be gone at the storage of PDEA laboratory service)” Villanueva said.

He also reported this is the third highest worth of illegal drugs seized since 2017. PDEA is also set to destroy 1,529 kilograms of illegal drugs in November.

Villanueva also lauded the Department of Justice for the immediate release of court order authorizing PDEA to destroy seized illegal drugs. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

PNP, PDEA to comply with Duterte’s order to destroy seized illegal drugs in a week

Robie de Guzman   •   October 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday expressed support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to destroy confiscated illegal drugs in one week.

PNP chief Police General Camilo Cascolan said they have already coordinated with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for the procedure in the immediate destruction of the illegal drugs in compliance with the president’s directive.

“Actually, napag-usapan na namin yan dati ng PDEA. Okay naman, actually within three days dapat yun ang usapan, within three days dapat wala na yan, susunugin na yan,” Cascolan said.

In a public address late Monday night, Duterte said all illegal drugs seized from anti-drug operation, no matter its volume, should be eradicated in a week.

PDEA Director General Wilkins Villanueva, for his part, said they have been conducting destruction of seized dangerous drugs.

“Gumagalaw na kami para ma-beat itong one week niya. Pero actually, ginawa na natin yan last time noong nag-destroy tayo noong August,” Villanueva said, referring to the destruction of P13.36 billion worth of illegal drugs destroyed in a facility in Trece Martires town in Cavite.

The PDEA chief also bared they were supposed to destroy 800 kilograms of dangerous drugs this October but a local court decided to move it to November due to conflict of schedule.

Around 700 more kilograms of dangerous drugs from archived cases are also set for destruction, he added.

Villanueva likewise stressed that there is a procedure that must be followed in the destruction of illegal drugs and the process cannot proceed if representatives from the court, media, and officials of concerned barangays are not present.

“Hindi naman natin ma-destroy kasi walang accused, representative of the accused, so hindi pwede i-destroy. Marami tayong nire-resolve ngayon. Pipilitin namin na one week matapos yung kay president,” he said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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