MANILA, Philippines – Senator Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday lauded the appointment of Wilkins Villanueva as the new director general of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
In a statement, Lacson described Villanueva as a “good and professional officer who is fit for the job,” and noted his “long career in drug enforcement.”
“The President couldn’t have appointed a more qualified head of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, having served our country for nearly 20 years with the Philippine National Police Narcotics Group and with the PDEA,” he said.
Lacson, a former national police chief, expressed confidence that Villanueva can handle his task of going after drug suspects amid challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis.
“With the challenge of going after drug personalities amid the new normal posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, he indeed has his work cut out for him,” he said.
“I look forward to working with him, being the Senate Finance Subcommittee Chair and Sponsor of the PDEA and Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) budgets, among others,” he added.
Villanueva will take over the post previously held by Aaron Aquino, who was assigned by President Rodrigo Duterte to lead the Clark International Airport.
Prior to his designation to PDEA’s top post, Villanueva led the PDEA Northern Mindanao.
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)
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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