PNP still validating reports on media men involved in illegal drugs
Marje Pelayo • December 13, 2019 • 539
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has at least 12,000 names on its list of high-value targets related to illegal drugs in the country.
According to PDEA Chief Aaron Aquino, aside from politicians, the list includes members of the media.
Apart from using drugs, these media personalities allegedly act as protectors of big-time drug lords.
Aquino, however, did not divulge the names and the exact number of those involved in illegal drugs among the members of the press.
But the Philippine National Police (PNP) cannot confirm this yet as they have not received any information on the matter.
“Sa ngayon, wala pa ring mga validated na mga report (There are no validated reports yet at present),” PNP Spokesperson PBGen.Bernard Banac said.
“Ang lahat ay nanatili lamang na mga raw information. So, katuwang naman natin ang PDEA sa pag-validate ng mga information na iyan (So far, everything remains as raw information. PDEA helps us in validating such information),” he added.
The official said that authorities so far have arrested around 8,000 high-value targets on their drugs watchlist.
The National Press Club of the Philippines (NPCP), meanwhile, urged PDEA to reveal the names of alleged drug personalities among members of the press. – MNP (with details from Harlene Delgado)
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday lauded the appointment of Wilkins Villanueva as the new director general of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
In a statement, Lacson described Villanueva as a “good and professional officer who is fit for the job,” and noted his “long career in drug enforcement.”
“The President couldn’t have appointed a more qualified head of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, having served our country for nearly 20 years with the Philippine National Police Narcotics Group and with the PDEA,” he said.
Lacson, a former national police chief, expressed confidence that Villanueva can handle his task of going after drug suspects amid challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis.
“With the challenge of going after drug personalities amid the new normal posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, he indeed has his work cut out for him,” he said.
“I look forward to working with him, being the Senate Finance Subcommittee Chair and Sponsor of the PDEA and Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) budgets, among others,” he added.
Villanueva will take over the post previously held by Aaron Aquino, who was assigned by President Rodrigo Duterte to lead the Clark International Airport.
Prior to his designation to PDEA’s top post, Villanueva led the PDEA Northern Mindanao.
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Wilkins Villanueva as the new director general of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), replacing the agency’s outgoing chief Aaron Aquino.
Villanueva, who was assigned as PDEA Region 10 director prior to this appointment, served as the agency’s National Capital Region (NCR) chief.
He also served as head of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) intelligence and investigation service.
In his social post, Villanueva expressed his gratitude to the President for trusting him to lead the country’s war on drugs.
“I will never fail you, Mr. President!” he wrote.
He also thanked Senator Bong Go and former PNP Chief Senator Ronald dela Rosa for the encouragement and support.
Meanwhile, there was no mention of the nature of Aquino’s departure from the agency.
Nonetheless, he thanked President Duterte for the opportunity to serve.
“I sincerely thank President Rodrigo Duterte for his trust and confidence and for giving me the opportunity to serve our people and his administration,” Aquino said.
Two men were arrested by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) after they were caught selling illegal drugs in Mandaluyong City on Thursday (February 20).
A member of PDEA posed as a buyer and, after confirming the illegal activity, authorities arrested Mark Kenneth San Juan and Jeffrey Saclao.
Authorities seized 26 syringes of suspected liquid shabu with an estimate of P52,000. They also seized one sachet of suspected shabu worth around P13,600.
According to PDEA Spokesperson Derrick Carreon, the suspects are also selling drugs online based on their social media accounts.
Carreon also said the suspects target the youth using social media. He also warned about the negative effects of using drugs.
“So, maaari po talagang mangyari sa inyo ang mga hindi kanais-nais na mga bagay apart from the fact na it leads to (Bad things can happen to you apart from the fact that it leads to) the spread of several infectious diseases,” he said.
PDEA has taken custody of the two suspects and will face charges for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. —AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
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