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PDEA to disclose names of barangay narco-politicians before May 14

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, 25 April 2018 04:04 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) announced Wednesday its plan to release the names of barangay officials linked to illegal drugs trade prior to the conduct of the May 14 elections.

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino confirmed to have received a “go signal” from President Rodrigo Duterte to reveal the names in the narco-list.

At present, 211 barangay officials being linked to illegal drugs are included in PDEA’s validated list. He said the original list had 293 in total though some of those names were either deceased or arrested.

Aquino will recommend to the Interior and Local Government Officer In Charge Eduardo Año to issue guidelines on the publication of the narco-list.

Aside from the 211 barangay officials, PDEA already identified 93 congressmen, vice mayor and mayors among other high-ranking officials who are involved in illegal drugs trade.

“Kaya nga dumarami mga drug laboratories natin. Why? Kasi ibang barangay officials saka mga mayor sinasadya nilang itayo mga drug lab diyan,” Aquino said.

(That is why there is an increase in drug laboratories. Why? Because barangay officials and mayors deliberately put up these drug labs.)

PDEA reiterated its call on voters not to take the side of candidates on the drugs watchlist.

“Kami naman sa law enforcement agency, paano namin ma-clear ang isang barangay kung addict ang isang barangay captain? Kung ang kanyang mga kagawad ay pusher at lahat ng mga ano ay protektor,” Aquino lamented.

(For us in the law enforcement agency, how are we supposed to clear a barangay when its captain is an addict himself and his councilors are pushers.)

Aquino assured that PDEA is ready to face repercussions once the narco-list is published. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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PRRD offers rape victim refuge in Davao City

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, 15 March 2019 12:48 PM

“And this time, the most horrible crimes are committed in the Philippines because they kill the husband, they kill the wife, they rape daughters pati infants.”

This is an excerpt of President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement Thursday night (March 14) when he presented to the members of the media the list of politicians who are allegedly involved in drugs, or the narcolist.

The President, at one point in his presentation, underscored the ill-effects of illegal drug use, among them is the increasing number of rape cases.

He added, “pati pari nakasali na [even priests are on it]. I met the victim doon sa ‘yung, sa Bacolod ba ‘yon ? Ah sa Lapu-Lapu. ‘Yung ano ‘yung nirape ng pari [I met the victim from…was it from Bacolod? Ah from Lapu-Lapu. The one raped by the priest].

He further said that one of the victims went to him to seek help.

“So nandiyan kanina ‘yung ano [so they were here a while ago]— begging for protection. Somebody must have guided them here. Sabi ko dito na lang muna kayo sa Davao [I told them to stay here in Davao for the meantime],” he offered.  — Maris Federez

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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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