PNP, nakatutok sa mga tourist spot na maaring pasukin ng mga drug pusher ngayong bakasyon
admin • March 20, 2013 • 4360
FILE PHOTO: Ang Boracay ang isa sa mga paboritong puntahan ng mga turistang lokal man o foreigners lalo na ngayong summer vacation. (Romeo Daquioag / UNTV)
MANILA, Philippines — Isa sa mga lugar na tututukan ng PNP Anti-Illegal Drug Special Operations Task Force (AIDSOTF) ang mga tourist destination sa bansa na potensiyal na pagbentahan ng droga.
Ayon kay AIDSOTF Spokesman Chief Inspector Roque Merdegia, maaring samantalahin ng mga drug pusher ang pagdagsa ng mga turista sa mga lugar-bakasyunan.
Isa ang Boracay sa tourist spots na imo-monitor ng ahensiya.
Nangunguna ang shabu sa pinakamabiling droga sumunod ang marijuana at cocaine.
Ayon sa AIDSOTF, pumapalo sa P5,000 hanggang P9,000 ang street value ng isang gramo ng shabu.
Lumalabas na aabot na sa lima hanggang siyam na milyong piso ang kada kilo ng shabu.
Ayon pa sa ahensya, lumalabas na nasa 1.6 hanggang 1.7 million ang gumagamit ng droga sa buong bansa.
Sa ngayon ay tuloy ang kampanya ng mga otoridad upang masugpo ang iligal na bentahan ng droga sa mga barangay at sa mga pinaghihinalaang shabu laboratories sa bansa. (Victor Cosare & Ruth Navales, UNTV News)
MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported the arrest on September 4 of an Indian national employed as a chef without a permit and visa in the tourist island of Boracay.
Accoridng to BI, the alien was identified as Vincent Joseph Mondal, 42, an allegedly overstaying and undocumented foreign worker.
Intelligence Division Acting Chief Fortunato Manahan Jr said Mondal was arrested while at work at Namaster Restaurant located beside the Boracay public market where he had been working as chief cook.
“He was unable to present his passport or any travel document when our agents confronted him to verify his immigration status,” Manahan said.
The BI discovered that Mondal was an illegal entrant as he entered the country through the backdoor and did not undergo inspection by immigration authorities.
It was also determined that Mondal had been banned from entering the country and placed on the immigration blacklist over a similar case of overstaying and failure to pay the assessed fines and penalties some time in 2013.
Mondal is now detained at the BI detention center while summary deportation proceedings are being undertaken.
Malacañang on Thursday (Aug 15) reminded tourists — both locals and foreign nationals — to follow rules implemented in the Philippines.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo expressed disappointment over the incident in Boracay where a foreign tourist allowed her son to poop in the shoreline then buried the dirty diaper in the sand.
“It’s a violation. Of course, we are not happy about that. That is not good because we are supposed to be cleaning it then some people are messing it up, right? That’s not good,” Panelo said.
He added that violators will face charges if they do not follow the rules.
“Well, there are rules and regulations in that place. So everyone is expected to—whether foreigner or Filipino tourists alike, they have to follow rules and that obviously is a violation so they would be subject to suits,” he added.
Panelo also suggested placing portable restrooms to help the tourists.—AAC
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will summon village chiefs who are not complying with orders in relation with the ongoing Manila Bay rehabilitation.
DILG Undersecretary for barangay operations, Martin Diño, said at a press briefing on Thursday that they are set to issue a show cause order against 1,000 barangays along the Manila Bay Watershed Area for failing to follow orders to strictly enforce environmental laws in their respective areas.
Diño said cases will be filed before the Office of the Ombudsman if these village executives fail to justify their non-compliance with the order.
The DILG official also reiterated that the dismissal of Malay, Aklan Mayor Cicero Cawaling should serve as a warning to all local officials.
Cawaling was dismissed from public office after he was found guilty of gross neglect of duty and other offenses in relation with Boracay island’s environmental degradation.
“’Yung mga mayor sa Metro Manila at yung 179 mayors that cover Manila Bay, hindi kayo exempted dito. Baka kayo na ang kasunod,” Diño warned.
The official said 179 local government units and 5,714 barangays have been ordered to conduct weekly clean-up drives in Manila Bay and Laguna Lake in compliance with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte through Memorandum Circular No. 2019-09.
In a recent statement, the DILG called on local officials anew to work closely with concerned government agencies in protecting the environment in Boracay, Manila Bay watershed and other critical areas in the country. (with details from Rey Pelayo)
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