PDEA seizes over P4-M shabu in Taguig

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 20, 2019   •   4145

Three drug suspects who were arrested after authorities found them in possession of P4.7 million worth of shabu concealed inside 700-grams of Chinese tea bags.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) operatives seized P4.7 million worth of shabu on Sunday (May 19) in Taguig City. Three drug suspects were arrested.

According Levi Ortiz, director of PDEA Special Enforcement Unit, a confidential informant reported about an illegal drug transaction.

The informant said suspects, Rosnia Minalang Cauntongan, Junaila Alilang Maruhom, and Lina Ahmad Grande concealed the illegal drugs inside 700-grams of Chinese tea bags.

After the report, authorities immediately conducted a buy-bust operation. However, they were not able to arrest another suspect who was able to escape.

Manhunt continues for the said suspect.—(with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

NCRPO seizes shabu worth P81.6-M in Taguig City

Maris Federez   •   May 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has recorded one of the biggest amounts of methamphetamine hydrochloride, commonly known as “shabu”, confiscated by local police during an anti-illegal drug operation on Friday night, May 22, along C6 Road in Lower Bicutan, Taguig City.

The combined anti-illegal drug efforts of the Regional Intelligence Division/Regional Special Operations Unit- NCRPO, Regional Drug Enforcement Agency, District Intelligence Division- Southern Police District and Taguig City Police Station together with Philippine National Police- Drug Enforcement Group Special Operations Unit 4, all under the leadership of PMGen. Debold Sinas resulted in an armed encounter against the two (2) armed suspects.

The NCRPO chief identified the suspects as Ryan Labandaria and Ervyn Querubin.

The arrest was made through a buy-bust operation wherein a police operative acted as a poseur buyer.

The suspects, however, noticed that they were dealing with the police and a scuffle ensued. The suspects then fled the scene on board a black Nissan Navarra with the police on their tail.

The police said the suspects were subsequently apprehended and the operatives yielded twelve (12) large packs of dangerous drugs wrapped in Chinese Tea Bag packaging with an estimated weight of more or less 12 Kilograms of suspected shabu, and with an estimated DDB Value of Php 81.6-million.

Aside from the drugs, the police were also able to confiscate the following:

  • one .45 caliber pistol with one magazine loaded with six (6) live ammunitions;
  • one KG9 sub machine gun with one live ammunition for chamber load inserted with banana type magazine loaded with nine (9) live ammunitions; and,
  • one extra banana type magazine loaded with nine (9) live ammunitions

Police said an ambulance was called to bring the wounded suspects to hospital for medical treatment.

All evidence had also been brought to the RSOG-NCRPO for safekeeping, while the illegal drugs will be submitted to the Crime lab for examination.

Sinas, meanwhile, commended the operating teams for what the chief called a remarkable accomplishment of Team NCRPO’s war against illegal drugs.

“This accomplishment is reflective of Team NCRPO’s dedication and unwavering support of the marching order of the President and the Chief, PNP to cleanse the Metro from proliferation of illegal drugs,” Sinas said.

“With the largest amount of shabu busted by Team NCRPO so far this year, we have also minimized its possibility of destroying the lives and future of our fellowmen,” he added. — /mbmf

PNP defends: Taguig condo violated ECQ protocol

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 21, 2020

Grabbed footage of a policeman entering the premises of Pacific Plaza Tower Condominium

The Philippine National Police (PNP) stood its ground for entering a condominium in Taguig City.

The PNP said the raided Taguig condominium has violated the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) protocols.

A video went viral on social media where members of the PNP were seen raiding the Pacific Plaza Tower Condominium in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.

The said video gained backlash when several netizens called out the PNP for allegedly abusing its power.

PNP Joint Task Force COVID Shield Commander Lt.Gen. Guillermo Eleazar reiterated there were no violations committed in the conduct of the said raid.

He said the Taguig City Police received reports of residents of the condominium violating ECQ protocols.

Eleazar also said condominiums in the area have been temporarily closed in observance of the social distancing protocols.

Ito naman hindi sumunod ngayon. Pagpunta ng mga pulis natin, nakita nila na mayroon doon na hindi pa sumusunod pagkatapos siyempre sisitahin iyan, (This one [condominium] did not follow. When the police went to the vicinity they saw [residents] not following [the protocols] so they were accosted),” he said.

However, Eleazar said they are ready to face investigation for alleged abuse of power.

Kung mayroon po sa aming umabuso we will ask them to explain kung kailangan kakasuhan natin (If there are some who abused their power, we will ask them to explain and file charges if needed). Ngunit sa kabilang banda (but on the other hand), we also ask our citizens to be accountable. We will not hesitate to file charges,” he said.

Meanwhile, Taguig City Mayor Lino Cayetano said any abuse of power should be investigated; however, citizens should also be liable for their actions. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

Bureau of Customs turns over P13.2-M worth of seized marijuana to PDEA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 7, 2020

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Monday (April 6) turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 11.569 kilograms of seized marijuana with an estimated value of P13.2 million.

The customs examiner suspected some irregularities when upon physical examination of 14 cans labeled as a healthy meal formula, the labels were found to be movable and not permanently attached.

This prompted the examiner to have the cans opened that revealed to contain plastic sachets of leaves suspected to be marijuana.

The items were also subjected to K9 sniffing which indicated the presence of illegal drugs, prompting a chemical analysis by PDEA which affirmed the findings of BOC-Clark personnel.

On 30 March 2020, Warrants of Seizure and Detention (WSD) were issued by District Collector Ruby Alameda against the subject shipments for violation of R.A. No. 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) in relation to Republic Act No. 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

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