PHL authorities see int’l syndicate link in P5.1-B shabu seized in Bulacan drug bust

Robie de Guzman   •   June 5, 2020   •   376

MANILA, Philippines – Authorities are now looking into the profile and possible network of a Chinese national who was arrested during a Thursday buy-bust operation that yielded around P5.1 billion worth of suspected shabu (crystal meth) in Marilao, Bulacan.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said the suspect, identified as Yuwen Cai, could be a “trusted man” of a bigger drug personality or an international syndicate given the volume of illegal drugs confiscated by the authorities.

Elements of the Philippine National Police and PDEA, together with the Bulacan Police, on Thursday afternoon stormed a warehouse along Reley Street in Barangay Lias.

Yuwen Cai, said to be the caretaker of the warehouse, was arrested during the operation, along with Filipinos Angela Miole Tulio and Ma. Lyn Miole Tulio.

Seized from the suspects were boxes containing 808 kilograms of suspected shabu, which police authorities consider as its biggest drug haul to date.

According to PDEA Director General Wilkins Villanueva, they are now looking into the Chinese man’s connections to an international drug syndicate, and if he is linked to chemist, Samson Tan who was arrested during a recent raid in a kitchen-type shabu laboratory in Biñan, Laguna.

“Chinese ang nandito eh, ibig sabihin, konektado na ito sa international drug trafficking organizations. Titingnan namin sa matrix namin kung konektado, from him siguro ito yung babagsakan, pwedeng from importation, dito lalagpak,” he said.

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Archie Gamboa also said they have a link diagram on the illegal drug’s possible source and where it is supposed to be supplied.

“Meron tayong link dito, kung kanino ito probably source, saan siya i-deliver, sino yung pinakamalaking tao. But of course, we do not want to voice it out to the media, as you remember itong drug is continuing operations, pag i-voice mo yung link nila magti-change sila ng negosyo,” Gamboa said.

The suspects are facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

4 PAF personnel dead after helicopter crash in Isabela

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 24, 2020

Four members of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) perished in a helicopter crash in Cauayan City, Isabela on Thursday (July 23).

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said five personnel were onboard the Huey Helicopter. They were conducting proficiency training for night flying in the vicinity of the Tactical Operations Group-2 area in Cauayan City when the accident happened.

“The two pilots, the other officer, and one of the two aircrew perished. The other airman survived the crash and is now undergoing treatment,” the AFP said in a statement.

The names of the victims are withheld until their relatives have been notified, the AFP added.

Meanwhile, AFP Chief General Felimon Santos, Jr. expresses deep grief and extends condolences and prayers to the families and colleagues of the airmen who perished in this air operations mishap. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

PNP to SONA protesters: Just do it online

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 21, 2020

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is urging protesters planning to hold rallies on the day of President Rodrigo Duterte’s 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA) to just stage their protests online.

PNP Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa said the PNP is always at maximum tolerance and reiterated that everyone is entitled to freedom of expression.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, mass gatherings are discouraged to prevent the further spread of the virus.

Nakikiusap lang kami na kung pwede (We are only asking if it would be possible to) just do it online because these are not ordinary times,” he said.

Gamboa also said they are coordinating with militant leaders to urge them not to hold street protests. He also assured that the PNP has prepared the security for the 5th SONA of the president.

So ngayon ang mga traffic at security plan within and outside of the Batasang Pambansa ay firmed up na po at itong Wednesday magkakaroon kami ng final conference regarding po dito sa security preparations, (For now the traffic and security plans within and outside of the Batasang Pambansa has been firmed up. This Wednesday we will have a final conference regarding security preparations),” according to PNP Director and Directorate for Operations PMGen. Emmanuel Licup. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

PNP to probe NCRPO officials over alleged harassment of family in Taguig

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 20, 2020

Several members and officials of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) will face investigation over the alleged harassment of a family in Taguig, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

PNP Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa confirmed that he directed NCRPO Director PMGen. Debold Sinas to look for properties under the PNP that can be used as quarantine facilities.

However, Gamboa said they will investigate how Sinas and several NCRPO members carried out the said order.

“The video would speak a thousand words that’s why we will investigate what happened during that confrontation,” he said.

A video that recently went viral on Facebook showed policemen dismantling barbed wires and tires from the front gate of a house. Arles delos Santos, who posted the video, is among the residents of said house. He is the son of Arnel delos Santos, a former Police Executive Master Sergeant.

According to Delos Santos, they showed the copy of the title, certificate of occupancy and Special Power of Attorney (SPA) from the owner. However, the police allegedly continued carrying out the eviction order against the family.

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Gamboa explained that retired PNP members who are occupying PNP quarters will be given a month after their retirement to find another place to live in. This is to turn over the quarters to other active policemen.

“Officers and non-officers are provided housing and quartering facilities when they are in the service,” he said.

“But of course the agreement here, when you get a quarters here in Crame, the first requisite is, you have to be assigned here in Camp Crame. So if you are assigned outside of Camp Crame then you have to vacate immediately, but of course you have grace period of one month. Ganoon din ginagawa namin sa mga retired officers,” Gamboa added.

Meanwhile, Sinas said they had to remove the barbed wires and old tires since it was blocking the parking area and motorpool of the Southern Police District. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)


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