PDEA to freeze bank accounts of drug personalities

Marje Pelayo   •   February 5, 2021   •   775

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) have joined forces to effectively implement the forfeiture of laundered money alleged to be proceeds of illegal drug activities.

Under an agreement, PDEA shall refer to the AMLC drug-related cases for financial investigation, and if warranted, filing of cases involving freeze order, civil forfeiture, and money laundering, accompanied with specified case documents that are admissible in court.

PDEA Director General Wilkins Villanueva explained that their operations on freezing bank accounts of drug syndicates will be intensified under the memorandum.

Villanueva, however, refused to elaborate how they freeze bank accounts of suspected drug individuals.

“I assure everybody, ‘pag nanghuli kami ngayon, sigurado ‘pag nakakuha kami ng ebidensya, ide-derecho namin siya kung saan nila pinaglalalagay ang kanilang pera,” Villanueva said.

The PDEA Chief is also eyeing to use the money of drug syndicates in the agency’s rehabilitation programs.

“Magmo-motion tayo sa korte para iyong pera nila, magamit ng (Dangerous Drugs Board) at PDEA para sa anti-drug operation or rehabilitation. Igigisa natin sila sa sarili nilang mantika,” he said.

Villanueva added that they are still running after the Golden Triangle in Southeast Asia, which remains to be the main source of illegal drugs in the country. MNP (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Mayor Isko, Ong test negative for illegal drugs

Maris Federez   •   November 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential aspirant Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso was found negative for illegal drug use after undergoing tests at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) National Headquarters in Quezon City Thursday morning.

Mayor Isko’s running mate, Doc Willie Ong also took the test and was also found negative for illegal substance use.

The result of the tests showed that urine specimens collected from Domagoso and Ong do “not contain methamphetamine, MDMA, cocaine, and their metabolites, as well as THC metabolite.”

Mayor Isko’s drug testing, as well as that of other presidential and vice-presidential bets in the 2022 national and local elections, was prompted by the allegation of President Rodrigo Duterte of a cocaine-user presidential candidate. —/mbmf

BOC seizes P7.5M worth of illegal drugs at NAIA concealed in clothes

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 30, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines—The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has seized a total of 1.1 kilos of methamphetamine that has a street value of ₱7,527,600  contained in two air parcels at a Fedex warehouse in Pasay City.

Covering importation documents show the seized air cargoes were all shipped from Malaysia.

According to the BOC, the parcels containing clothes, slippers, and food chips were subjected to physical examination after x-ray scanning yielded suspicious images.

Further investigation revealed a total of four plastics containing white crystalline substance concealed in t-shirts.

Authorities later confirmed and verified that the substance is methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu.

The seized illegal drugs are now under the custody of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for case profiling and build up against persons responsible.

Meanwhile, the BOC-NAIA said it will continue to intensify border protection efforts together with PDEA and partner agencies to stop proliferation of illegal drugs in the country. AAC

Over P2.7M worth of illegal drugs seized in Brgy. Baclaran, Parañaque City

Marje Pelayo   •   September 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) reported on Thursday (September 23) that over P2.7-million worth of illegal drugs were seized in an operation held on September 21 in Barangay Baclaran, Parañaque City.

According to a report submitted to NCRPO Chief Pmgen Vicente Danao Jr, police elements were able to intercept and arrest the suspect identified as Joey S. De Leon, from Dimasalang St, Pasay City.

He was caught engaging in illegal drug trade in front of The Original Seafood Building along Market Roxas Boulevard, Service Road North Bound, in Barangay Baclaran.

Recovered from the suspect were the following pieces of evidence:

-a piece medium tied transparent plastic containing white crystalline substance of suspected shabu which was the subject of sale;
-two medium tied transparent plastic containing white crystaline substance of suspected shabu;
-seven pieces heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet each containing white crystalline substance of suspected shabu weighing a total weight of more or less 379 grams with a total street value of P2,577,200;
-a piece of genuine P1,000 bill on top of three pieces of buy-bust money;
a piece coin purse color brown; and
-a shoe box.

The seized illegal drug items were turned over to the Southern Police District Crime Laboratory for chemical analysis while a case for violation of RA 9165 of the The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 is being prepared against the arrested suspect.

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