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PNP, PDEA arrest high value target in Magalang, Pampanga

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, April 16th, 2018

Imam, a high-value target from Marawi City was nabbed by operatives in a PNP-PDEA Joint operation in San Vicente Magalang, Pampanga.

 

The joint operation of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) led to the arrest of a 29-year old suspect, Akil Imam, in San Vicente Magalang, Pampanga at 4 a.m. Monday.

Imam is a high-value target who hails from Marawi City.

Authorities seized from the suspect 31 sachets and large plastic bags of illegal drugs with an estimated worth of P2.5 million; an electronic scale, ammunition and other drug paraphernalia.

The confiscated illegal drugs are now under the custody of PDEA Region-3. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Police accused by Sagay massacre survivors of compelling to testify vs. NPA

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

 

Survivors of Sagay massacre

MANILA, Philippines — Covering themselves with a malong and wearing a face mask are mother and son who survived the Sagay massacre where 9 farmers, four women, and two minors were killed by armed men at Hacienda Nene, Purok Pine Tree, Brgy. Bulanon, Sagay City on October 20.

The mother who survived the massacre is accusing authorities of compelling her son, Lester, to testify against the New People’s Army (NPA) and prove that the group was behind the Sagay massacre.

Lester’s mom fears that police will use his son to pinpoint innocent individuals.

“Kahit military nagsasabi rin na, the child can pinpoint na NPA daw ang gumawa nung massacre,” said Atty. Kathy Panguban, legal counsel of the survivors.

“Kaya lumayo iyong mag-ina sa Negros at nag-seek talaga sila ng sanctuary dahil patuloy silang hinahabol ng mga pulis, pinipilit na gawing star witness sa Sagay massacre,” she said.

The Sagay Philippine National Police (PNP) chief and two of his personnel are facing violation of Republic Act 7610 or the Anti-Child Abuse Law, an allegation denied by the Sagay police.

“Wala kaming ginawang ganoon, ‘yung pinipilit. Wala kaming pinipilit na tao. ‘Yung allegation na iyan is actually fabricated iyan. Bakit naman namin pipilitin iyong bata? Tapos iyong bata po noong ininterview, pagsubscribe sa affidavit, nandoon iyong mismong prosecutor. Nandoon iyong ama at saka iyong DSWD na nagpasubscribe ng statement niya. Doon pa lang mismo malalaman na namin. May video kami niyan,” said Sagay City police chief PCI Robert Mansueto via phonepatch.

“Yung statement na NPA ang gumawa ng Sagay massacre, that came from the army infantry brigade,” said Panguban.

Lester’s biological father meantime is facing charges of violation of Republic Act 9262 or Violence Against Women and Children over the alleged abuse and harassment against his child and for forcing them to cooperate with the police.

“Nagpapatuloy iyong pananakot niya sa kliyente namin sa kanilang ina at pinipilit niyang makuha iyong anak; mabawi iyong anak at tinakot din niya na kakasuhan din daw niya pati iyong nanay ni Lester,” said Panguban.

As of now, the survivors are in a safe place.

The victims in the massacre were members of the National Federation of Sugar Workers (NSFW) who were participating in a campaign to occupy the idle lands which are not yet distributed to the beneficiaries. — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue

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3 Chinese nationals nabbed for illegal quarrying activities in Porac, Pampanga

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

Suspects

PAMPANGA, Philippines — A supposed 18-hectare mining area in the municipality of Porac was illegally expanded to 600 hectares.

One billion pesos worth of heavy equipment, machinery, conveyances and minerals were seized by the National Bureau of Investigation at two plants and quarry sites in Brgy. Manuali due to illegal mining.

Aside from this, authorities nabbed 30 individuals including three Chinese nationals who entered the country as tourists.

 “Initially it appears that they came here as tourists based on the initial documents that we are able to seize. And then they stayed on and were the ones working…operating the heavy equipment particularly iyong tinatawag nating vipro equipment; eto iyong sa mineral processing mismo at saka iyong mga payloader,”said NBI Environmental Crime Division (NBI-EnCD) Chief Atty. Czat Nuqui.

Linked to the said operation were the activities of Clarete and Tag Mineral Resources Incorporated where a certain Anson Tanglao is a major stockholder.

The complaint stems from a petition filed by an Aeta tribe against the said illegal activities for causing destruction in their ancestral domain.

“According to our MGB it’s more than a year na, pero doon sa mga katutubo po lampas limang taon na daw po silang nag-o-operate,” said NBI-EnCD Supervising agent Atty. Marvin Matamis.

“It would appear na mayroon silang permits but what they are using are those issued by the provincial government. Hindi po puwede at hindi sapat ang ganitong permits kasi ang areas of operation nila ay more than five hectares, aside from that they are doing mineral processing operation,” Nuqui explained further.

They are facing violation of Section 103 of Republic Act 7942 or Philippine Mining Act of 1995 and section 10 of Indigenous People’s Rights of 1997. – Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue

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Red tide alert raised over Bataan and Pampanga

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

Shellfish

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — A red tide warning has been raised over the provinces of Bataan and Pampanga after the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) located red tide toxins in shellfish products last Wednesday, November 21.

According to reports, accumulation of marine toxin, saxitoxin, in mollusks found in said areas has reached up to 500 micrograms per 100 grams of meat.

“Ang required lamang po na limit sa Philippine regulatory limits ay 60, kaya medyo mataas, at inaasahan pa po namin baka tataas pa ito. Kaya minabuti na po ng BFAR na i-maintain at ilabas na ang warning sa lalawigan ng Bataan at Pampanga,” said BFAR OIC division chief, Neil Kenneth Catibog.

The Bureau noted that based on their observations, there is a resurgence of red tide in Bataan and Pampanga every November.

“Nakita namin parang nagigig pattern na nga bakit November. Siguro ho sa panahon. Ito yung panahon na nagiging fertile ang katubigan dahil sa tumataas ang nutrient content. Marami hong factors yung alat ng tubig, init ng panahon yung pag-ulan, yung pag-init,” Catibog explained.

At present, harvest and sale of shellfish such as mussels (tahong), clams (halaan), oysters (talaba) and krill (alamang) are strictly prohibited.

Fish may be consumed as long it is cleaned thoroughly and its entrails and gills are removed

Symptoms of red tide poisoning include nausea, numbness or paralysis which could lead to death.

So far, there have been no incidents of red tide poisoning reported.

Meanwhile, the BFAR will provide assistance to affected fishermen.

“Magbibigay ng ibang kagamitan ng pangisda para hindi lang sila mahinto sa kanilang hanapbuhay dahil ang BFAR po talaga naiintidihan namin ang katayuan ng ating mga nagtatahong at nagtatalaba,” Catibog said.

The BFAR said they will only remove the warning over Bataan and Pampanga if shellfish samples collected from affected areas turn out negative of red tide toxins three times in a row. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue

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