PDEA’s new ‘narcolist’ includes 6 congressmen, 60 mayors

Marje Pelayo   •   June 5, 2018   •   4316

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) revealed that based on the ongoing revalidation of its “narcolist,” the agency has so far validated drug linkages of about 6 congressmen, 60 mayors, some vice mayors and 17 elected barangay officials.

According to PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino, the list also includes some soldiers, policemen and government employees. He also disclosed that some PDEA officials, particularly assigned in Calabarzon, the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM,) and Northern Mindanao as having links to the illegal drugs trade.

Aquino assured that once the validation is completed, PDEA will proceed with filing appropriate charges against said officials. The PDEA Director stressed that they will not tolerate officials who are instrumental in the proliferation of illegal drugs in the country.

“Wala namang palakasan iyan. Alam ninyo naman si Presidente malakas ka man sa kanya kaalyado ka man niya wala siyang pakialam, basta nasa narcopolitics ka, period! Hindi namin hihintuan ng pagta-tighten up yung case para mai-file yung kaso,” Aquino said.

Aquino, meanwhile, warned the public of the drug syndicates’ strategy in distributing illegal drug items such as the recently seized P74.8 million worth of shabu in Cavite and Paranaque City which were delivered through freight forwarding services.

Aquino added that the exchanges usually happen in malls.

“Ito iyong bagahe ko ibabalot ko iyan sa karton ng sapatos and then gift wrap ko. Iiwan ko sa baggage counter so kukunin ko numero ko. Ipapasa ko doon sa kakilala ko siya na ang kukuha noon. Iyon na ang magdi-distribute ng drugs,” Aquino concluded. – Joan Nano / Marje Pelayo

PDEA, PNP okay with VP Robredo’s dismissal from ICAD

Marje Pelayo   •   November 25, 2019

(L-R) PDEA chief Aaron Aquino, Vice President Leni Robredo and Philippine National Police officer-in-charge Police Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said it respects President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to fire Vice President Leni Robredo as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).

“PDEA respects and believes in the wisdom of the President,” PDEA chief Aaron Aquino, also the ICAD chairperson, said in a statement Sunday (November 24).

“Whatever happens, PDEA will continue to carry out its mandate to rid the country of illegal drugs with utmost sincerity and integrity,” he assured.

Philippine National Police (PNP), likewise, said it supports the President’s decision and assures that the campaign against high profile drug personalities will continue with utmost respect for human rights.

“The President has spoken,” PNP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said.

“The PNP respects the decision of the President terminating the services of Vice President Leni Robredo as ICAD co-chair,” he added.

President Duterte fired Robredo as ICAD co-chair barely three weeks after he appointed her to the position.

In two weeks, the vice president has met with members of the private sector, representatives of various government agencies, religious groups and with officials of the United Nations (UN) to consult on how the government would treat the illegal drugs problems in the country.

But Malacañang noted several ‘missteps’ in Robredo’s actions such as her meeting with UN and her request to have access on classified information or the list of high value drug targets.

Earlier in Robredo’s appointment to ICAD, Duterte said he would fire her if confidential information leaked especially to foreign authorities. MNP (with details from Harlene Delgado)

PDEA probes online shop for selling ‘tooters’

Marje Pelayo   •   September 19, 2019

PASIG CITY, Philippines – Drug operatives discovered that some drug paraphernalia could be easily bought through online shops.

On Thursday (September 19), agents from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) seized over P600,000 worth of illegal drugs in two separate buy-bust operations in Pasig and Quezon City.

Juan Carlos Reyes Antonio, a licensed pharmacist, was caught in possession of suspected marijuana and ecstasy tablets along with other drug paraphernalia inside a hotel in Pasig City around 2:30 AM on Thursday (September 19).

The illegal drugs were valued at P483,000.

Meanwhile, another suspect Nilo Manipon Ramirez Jr., a registered nurse, was nabbed at around 4:20AM along Kamuning Road in Quezon City.

Ramirez was caught in possession of P142,000-worth of suspected shabu and drug paraphernalia.

Antonio bought his ‘tooters’ through an online shop.

“Dalawang transaksyon. Either iyong kliyente [ang] pumupunta sa hotel at doon na sila nagja-jamming or they just buy online (Two possibilities. Either the client goes to the hotel where they jam or they just buy online). explained PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino.

The official assured to subject the said shop to an investigation before they act on the matter.

Aquino noted that it is prohibited to sell ‘tooters’ may it be in stores or online because it is an item being used solely in illegal drugs.

“I’ll just wait for their explanation first and then kung ano’t-ano man ang kalalabasan (whatever comes out of the investigation) then we will file a case against them,” Aquino said.

A delivery company is currently being investigated by PDEA on reports that it caters delivery of illegal drugs. — MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

27 alleged narco-politicians triumphed in last election – PNP

Marje Pelayo   •   May 20, 2019

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is currently doing a case build up against 27 alleged narco-politicians who won in the recently concluded midterm elections.

According to PNP Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde, from a total of 47 names in the drugs watchlist of politicians, 37 filed their candidacy but only 27 succeeded in the election.

The winning list include several mayors and governors in Luzon.

Albayalde said he is leaving the case to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

“Sa Luzon meron. Dito lang sa Region 3 meron (at) sa Region4. Kilala ko ang mga nasa listahan. Alam ko ang mga pangalan nila. Alam ko nanalo ang mga iyon,” Albayalde said.

(There are some in Luzon, in Regions 3 and 4. I know those who are on the list. I know their names. I know they won.)

In case they have proven links to illegal drugs, appropriate charges will be filed against them.

“Continuous naman ang pag-iimbestiga sa kanila and as the SILG have said, kapag merong nakitang ebidensya laban sa kanila, we will file cases both criminal and administrative,” the PNP Chief added.

(Investigation is now ongoing and as the SILG have said, if there are evidence against them, we will file cases both criminal and administrative.)

Rampant vote buying

Albayalde, meanwhile, noted that aside from the P12 million cash authorities seized in anti vote-buying operations, candidates and supporters also distributed rice and eggs to lure voters.

READ: Over P12M seized from vote buying – PNP

The PNP chief said they were able to confiscate a total of 62 sacks of rice and 22 trays of eggs in different areas in Mindanao and Calabarzon Region.

“Wala sa kanilang umaamin kung saan nanggagaling, but we got election campaign material na doon sa specific candidates na iyon,” he said.

(No one would admit as to where the items came from but we got election campaign materials from that specific candidate.)

“But they deny na nanggaling doon sa mga kandidato na iyon at walang gustong magsabi whether the buyer or the seller kung sino or saan galing ang pera,” he added.

(But they deny that the items were from those [specific] candidates. No one, not the buyer nor the seller, wanted to admit where the items or cash came from.) – (with reports from Lea Ylagan) Marje Pelayo

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