PNP chief confirms failed assassination plot by Maute Group is drug-related
by admin | Posted on Thursday, 2 March 2017 01:59 PM
PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa believes that the Maute terror group wants him dead because of his job.
“This Maute group is being fed by drug money then maybe they are hurt by the drug war. That’s my own opinion only,” he said.
This was after the PNP chief discovered an assassination plot against him following the arrest of a suspected member of the Maute group identified as Eyemen Alonte.
The information allegedly came from the one of the suspects involved in a carnapping who managed to survive, and the one authorities interrogated.
The foiled assassination happened on January 25 in Marawi City when he was the guest speaker at an event in his alma mater, the Mindanao State University (MSU).
Dela Rosa claims the group had planned to shoot him down or bomb his car. He said an IED was recovered inside the MSU campus the following day.
“There was one who was supposed to shoot me. That operation was supervised by one of the Maute groups who was there at the venue where I was supposed to go,” Said Dela Rosa.
He is thankful that the assassination plot failed and stresses that the incident will not stop him from fighting illegal drugs and terrorists.
“I am not afraid to die. Anytime I can die anytime. This is just work. They cannot deter me from doing my job,” he added. “I know the lord won’t leave me. God is always with me wherever I go.” — Grace Casin | UNTV News and Rescue
by UNTV News and Rescue | Posted on Monday, 25 March 2019 01:23 PM
MANILA, Philippines – Authorities seized almost 300 kilograms of shabu shipment at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) on Friday (March 22).
Personnel from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC) discovered the contraband inside a 40-foot container.
The illegal drugs totaling 276 kilograms were concealed inside Chinese tea bags packed in one-kilogram packets.
Authorities said the items, which arrived in the country on March 17, were shipped from China and falsely declared as plastic resin.
According to PDEA, they were able to intercept the contraband through an intelligence report from their Vietnam counterparts.
The information, the PDEA said, was tipped by the eight Chinese nationals arrested in Vietnam for shipping illegal drugs of similar packaging.
“The operations of PDEA and Customs started when Vietnam police seized on March 20, three hundred kilos of shabu in a buy-bust operation in Ho Chi Min City allegedly run by a Chinese national who used a textile company as a cover up,” said PDEA Chief Aaron Aquino.
The BOC revoked the accreditation of the consignee, Wealth Lotus Empire Corporation, and the involved Customs broker, Jane Castillo.
According to reports, the drug syndicate Golden Triangle was the group behind the large-scale drug shipment.
They were the source of the P1.1B worth of shabu confiscated in Ayala, Alabang last Tuesday (March 19), PDEA said.
PDEA Director Aquino admitted that the lack of death penalty or grave punishment for illegal drugs activities has turned the Philippines into a favorite trading spot of drug syndicates.
“When we interrogate chemists or arrest Chinese chemists or any involved in the illegal drug trade, the first thing that they will tell me is that there is no death penalty in the Philippines. And that’s the main reason that they will continue to smuggle drugs,” he said.
Aquino added that the Chinese drug suspects argued that their members were able to walk free despite the charges filed against them because of the lax enforcement of laws and weak justice system in the country.
Thus, the official hopes that death penalty will be reinstated to help solve the menace of illegal drugs trade in the country.
“That’s actually the stand of PDEA in the restoration of the death penalty particularly on drug trafficking, drug smuggling and drug manufacturing,” Aquino concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
by UNTV News and Rescue | Posted on Friday, 15 March 2019 04:51 PM
MANILA, Philippines – Several personalities whose names were mentioned by President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday (March 14) as among those listed on his narco-list have spoken up to clear their names.
El Nido, Palawan Mayor Nieves Rosento questioned the government’s claim that the allegations against them have been validated.
“Sinasabi po nila na they validated all of these. Saan po talaga actual na nakukuha yung mga information? Will it be sa mga taong kumakalaban sa atin o yung mga nasagasaan natin ng pagi-implement natin ng batas? (They were saying that they have validated all of these. Where did they get the actual information? Was it from our rivals in the election or was it from those offended by our implementation of the law?),” she said.
Pangasinan 1st District Rep. Jesus Celeste maintained his clean conscience on the matter ever since his name was implicated in illegal drugs two years ago.
“Sa unanguna pa lamangnoong 2016, nagrequestnaakonaimbestigahanako. Binuksan ko angpamamahay ko naimbestigahanlahat. Meron namangresultana. Negative lahatang result, (Even before in 2016, I requested to investigate myself. I opened my house doors for investigation. And the results were negative,)” Celeste argued.
Los Baños Laguna Mayor Ceazar Perez, for his part, asserted his innocence ever since his name was dragged into the controversy.
“2017 pa lang kumakalat na iyang involved ako sa drugs. Binabalewala ko lang kasi walang katotohanan yung bagay na yun, (These drug allegations against me has been going around since 2017. I just ignore it because there is no truth to that matter,)” he said.
On Thursday (March 15), President Rodrigo Duterte surprised the public by naming the alleged drug personalities on his narco-list.
The list involved 35 mayors, seven vice mayors, one provincial board member and three congressmen.
They are from Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, MIMAROPA, Caraga Region, Central Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Central Luzon, SOCCSKARGEN, Northern Mindanao and Western Visayas.
“There can never be a valid argument to deny the public, the people of the Philippines at large, to know who are the officials who should not be there in their office and in these particular case now, those who are involve in the deadly name of drug trafficking,” the President said.
According to DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, they released the narco-list as part of their mandate adding that such a move has nothing to do with the upcoming election.
“I would like to assure na ang ating mga kababayan, even yung mga nagsasabi ng negative campaigning na wala po kaming instensyong ganun. (I would like to assure the public, even those who accused us of negative campaigning, that we have no such intention.) This is just incidental na panahon ng eleksyon ngayon (that election period is on,)” explained Malaya.
The official said the narco-list was carefully screened by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the lead agency in the Inter-Agency Committee On Anti-Illegal Drugs with the help of other law enforcement agencies to nclude the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Armed Forces Of The Philippines (AFP), and the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency.
“So itong apat na ahensyang ito, nagtulungan para mabuo itong listahan na ito,(These four agencies worked together to come up with this list.) So we are very confident. Mabigat yung ating mga ebidensya at sana panigan tayo ng Ombudsman, (We have strong evidence and we hope the Ombudsman will rule in our favor,)” Malaya concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Nel Maribojoc)
by UNTV News and Rescue | Posted on Friday, 15 March 2019 11:37 AM
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte yet again surprised the public by revealing the names of politicians on his narco-list.
On national TV, the firebrand president read several names of politicians including 35 mayors, seven vice mayors, one provincial board member, and three congressmen.
Some of them are elected officials and election candidates for the upcoming May midterm polls.
President Duterte denied undermining the politicians’ bid ahead of the elections, but insisted that the list has been validated by government agents.
He added that the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has already filed administrative cases against government officials on the list before the Office of the Ombudsman.
The President said the government’s Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) and the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) are both investigating the officials to build criminal cases against them.
“The results of which will aid us in filing airtight cases against them,” the President said.
“Remember that ‘public office is a public trust’; an official’s right to privacy is not absolute and there is a compelling reason to prioritize the interest of the state and the people,” he stressed. – Marje Pelayo
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