PNP seizes P2.7-B worth of shabu in Makati

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 27, 2019   •   1387

The Philippine National Police (PNP) seized around 371 kilos or P2.7 billion worth of suspected drugs in Makati City on Tuesday night (November 26).

Authorities also arrested Chinese national Liu Chao.

Stacks of dog food packs printed with Chinese characters were found by the PNP Drug Enforcement Unit during their raid in an apartment unit in Barangay San Antonio, Makati.

PNP officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa said they have been conducting surveillance on the suspect for two weeks.

“With a series of test buys conducted, they are convinced na may laman (the packs contain drugs). So they offered a bigger amount and kumagat naman siya (he took the bait)” he said.

Gamboa said this is one of the largest shabu hauls this year. He also encouraged the public to report suspicious individuals.

Meanwhile, authorities are currently investigating the suspect’s cohorts and who are his customers.—AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis)

BOC seizes P7.5M worth of illegal drugs at NAIA concealed in clothes

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 30, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines—The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has seized a total of 1.1 kilos of methamphetamine that has a street value of ₱7,527,600  contained in two air parcels at a Fedex warehouse in Pasay City.

Covering importation documents show the seized air cargoes were all shipped from Malaysia.

According to the BOC, the parcels containing clothes, slippers, and food chips were subjected to physical examination after x-ray scanning yielded suspicious images.

Further investigation revealed a total of four plastics containing white crystalline substance concealed in t-shirts.

Authorities later confirmed and verified that the substance is methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu.

The seized illegal drugs are now under the custody of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for case profiling and build up against persons responsible.

Meanwhile, the BOC-NAIA said it will continue to intensify border protection efforts together with PDEA and partner agencies to stop proliferation of illegal drugs in the country. AAC

PNP seizes P9M worth of suspected shabu in Taguig

Robie de Guzman   •   June 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — More than P9 million worth of suspected shabu were seized by authorities in an operation in Taguig City, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Tuesday.

PNP chief General Guillermo Eleazar said the illegal drugs were confiscated after police officers from Taguig City Police Station 6 accosted two individuals for not wearing face masks on Sunday.

Eleazar said the suspects, identified as Jemboy Pascual and Eskak Kamsa, suddenly ran away when policemen approached and reminded them to wear their face masks.

When police caught them, the two were discovered to be carrying 27 pieces of heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing 1.350 kilograms of suspected shabu worth P9,180,000.

They also had with them P10,000 cash and a weighing scale, the PNP said.

“I commend the Taguig City Police for confiscating and removing this huge volume of illegal drugs from the streets,” Eleazar said.

“Nakita ko rin na ginagawa nila ang kanilang tungkulin sa pagroronda na nagbunga sa pagkakaaresto ng dalawang suspek,” he added.

The PNP said the suspects were brought to the Taguig City Police Station’s Drug Enforcement Unit for proper investigation and disposition.

They will be charged with violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 in the City Prosecutor’s Office, it added.

Makati mayor on viral video of incorrect vaccination: ‘It was human error’

Robie de Guzman   •   June 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Makati Mayor Abigail Binay on Monday confirmed that the viral video showing a nurse who was not able to properly administer a COVID-19 vaccine dose was taken at a vaccination site in the city.

She said the incident occurred on June 25 but was immediately corrected.

“We acknowledge the video. It was human error on the part of the volunteer nurse. Volunteer po siya na nurse. It was immediately corrected,” Binay said during the Palace briefing.

Binay said the woman was able to receive a vaccine dose on June 26 after she reported the incident to the city government.

The viral video showed a health worker injecting a needle into the arm of a vaccine recipient without pushing the plunger.

Binay asked for the public’s understanding as she empathized with the strenuous labor being faced by healthcare workers amid the pandemic.

“Maawa naman po kayo sa nurse na nagkusang loob na nag-volunteer ng kaniyang oras para lang po magsilbi sa ating kababayan. Tao lang po ang ating frontliners, napapagod, nagkakamali,” she said.

“Pero mahalaga po na itinama namin agad ang pagkakamaling ito at humihingi po siya at kami ng patawad at nagbibigay din po kami ng assurance na hindi na po ito mangyayaring muli,” she added.

The mayor also appealed to some people to stop criticizing the nurse and the city government’s COVID-19 vaccination program.

“Ang nakakalungkot din po dito ay siymepre mag-e-eleksyon na po next year at ang iba pong nagkakalat ng video ay tuwang-tuwa sa nangyari at ginagamit po itong paraan para po siraan ako at para siraan ang vaccination program ng Makati,” she said.

“Pero hindi ho nila nakikta na ang vaccination rollout ng Pilipinas po ang maapektuhan kung sisisraan po naitn ang kredibiliada ng vaccination po natin,” she added.

The Department of Health earlier said it was probing the incident, which it described as “a clear breach of vaccination protocol.”

The agency also assured it has taking measures to improve the vaccination protocol. –RRD (with details from Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

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