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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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Narco cop killed in Quezon anti-drug op

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, August 9th, 2018

Slain narco cop Ian Rey Abitona

Two days after President Rodrigo Duterte warned over a hundred “scalawag” police officers at Malacañang, a narco cop was killed on Thursday (August 8), after resisting arrest during a buy-bust operation conducted by the Counter Intelligence Task Force (CITF), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Quezon Provincial Police Station.

The slain police was identified as PO2 Ian Rey Abitona of Infanta Municipal Office Station.

CITF commander PSSupt Romeo Caramat said that the warning of the President had nothing to do with the killing of the rogue police.

Caramat added that Abitona has long been under surveillance operation after he was reported to have been recycling and selling seized illegal drugs.

Abitona has also been known to use civilian assets in selling illegal drugs.

“Kanina nga gumawa tayo ng buy-bust operations at PO2 Abitona opted to fight it out with police operatives when he saw that he was transacting with the police-poseur buyer. Pero ayaw naman sana namin mangyari ito but we cannot do anything but to defend ourselves,” said the commander.

The CITF chief said that Abitona would even blatantly deal drugs while in uniform.

Caramat warned rogue cops like Abitona:

“My advice to our fellow policemen doing illegal activities is to stop immediately; otherwise I can say that their days are numbered.”

Abitona had been assigned to the illegal drugs unit in Quezon Provincial Police Office because of an earlier involvement in illegal drugs.

He is the fourth police officer killed in a CITF operation for resisting arrest. The group has made 20 arrests since Caramat took office as the CITF chief on June 8.

A thousand more police officers are listed as targets in succeeding operations. — Lea Ylagan

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PDEA coordinates with Malaysian, Chinese counterparts over shabu seizure

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, August 8th, 2018



Customs and PDEA officials examine the extracted packs of shabu hidden inside magnetic scrap lifters that were intercepted at the port of Manila.


MANILA, Philippines – The operatives of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency (PDEA) are investigating the identity of the consignee as well as the origin of more than P4B worth of suspected shabu intercepted at the Manila International Container Port in Tondo, Manila on Tuesday (August 7).

PDEA is now coordinating with their counterparts in Malaysia and China to probe where the shipment originally came from and who sent it.

They suspect that Malaysia was only used as a transshipment point.

“Iba-back track naming lahat ng investigation namin to determine na kung ano pa iyong modus (operandi) ng mga grupo,” said PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino.

Authorities said the shabu shipment weighs nearly 500 kilograms and is said to be concealed inside magnetic lifters stocked in an abandoned container van.

The shipment arrived last June 28 from Malaysia and is consigned to Vecaba Trading.

“At the very start it is not meant to go through the process, clearing process ng Customs because the consignee is not accredited,” said BOC Commissioner Isidro Lapena.

This is the biggest shabu haul ever confiscated by PDEA under Aquino’s leadership.- JL Asayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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P7.5-M party drugs and shabu seized in QC

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, August 2nd, 2018


Packets of the popular party drug, Ecstasy


QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Almost P7.5 million worth of shabu and party drugs were seized by the joint forces of PDEA, Quezon City Police and Northern Police District Drug Enforcement Unit, Wednesday night, August 2, at Barangay Obrero, Tomas Morato.

Authorities arrested 34 –year-old Warren Calicdan and 21-year old live-in couple, Hazel Grace Lanugan and Rafael Tadoran after an operative posed as a buyer of party drug, Ecstasy.

Over 2,000 Ecstasy tablets; 200 Ecstasy capsules; 8 bottles of liquid Ecstasy and 100 grams of suspected shabu were recovered from the suspects.

National Capital Region Police Office Director PCSupt. Guillermo Eleazar said that majority of the trio’s customers are party goers and regular bar patrons.

“Itong distribution ng party drugs known sa atin sa may BGC area, Taguig area, Quezon City, along Tomas Morato, Timog Avenue kung saan may mga bars,” he said.
(These party drugs are distributed in the areas of BGC, Taguig and Quezon City along Tomas Morato, Timog Avenue where the bars are located.)

Authorities have intensified monitoring of similar organized crimes that source illegal drugs abroad and even ship them at times through popular courier companies.

“Pinapadala lang po galling sa ibang bansa (It is sent to us from another country),” said suspect, Hazel Grace Lanugan. “May magtetext po sa akin… na parating yung package,” she added.

The suspects will be facing charges for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs of 2002. — Reynante Ponte | UNTV News & Rescue

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