Police seize P204-million suspected shabu in Pasig City condominium

Robie de Guzman   •   September 17, 2019   •   227

30 kilograms of illegal drugs sealed in Chinese tea packets confiscated by authorities in Pasig City on September 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Some P204-million worth of suspected shabu (crystal meth) were confiscated by authorities during a raid on a rented condominium unit in Pasig City on Monday.

Joint operatives of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) stormed the condominium unit in Barangay Rosario at past 7 p.m. following information that this was being used as a warehouse for illegal drugs.

Authorities nabbed a suspect, identified as Manolito Lugo Carlos alias “Lito” and “Tonge,” who was allegedly working for a detainee at the New Bilibid Prisons.

He acts as the main distributor of the said illegal drugs in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

“Tayo’y naniniwala na wala namang droga sa loob ng Bilibid. Walang droga doon unlike doon sa mga impormasyon or mga revelation before. Pero just the same, doon pa rin nanggagaling ang utos, ang mga order kung saan, kailan, kanino, paano dadalhin, idi-distribute–saan kukunin itong mga items, saan dadalhin itong mga items,” NCRPO chief Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said.

Recovered from the suspect was a total of 30 kilograms of illegal drugs sealed in Chinese tea packets which were similar to illegal drugs confiscated by authorities in previous operations.

The arrested suspect, who was brought to the NCRPO office, will face charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

NCRPO on full alert status starting Nov. 25 in preparation for SEA Games

Maris Federez   •   November 15, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – It is all systems go for the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) as far as their laid-out security measures for the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) are concerned.

NCRPO acting director PBGen Debold Sinas said 8,000 police are to be deployed to guard the 27 billet areas and 20 venues for the 24 sports activities in Metro Manila.

The deployment of the police will start on November 22, and the full alert status of the police force will be from November 25 to December 14.
Sinas also said that they will assign plainclothes policemen in the venues and the hotels where delegates and heads of states will be billeted.

“Ni-limit talaga yung mga long firearms natin so mga short firearms lang, nilimit yung long firearms, fatigue uniform to periperal para di sila maalarma,” Sinas said.

He added that, to date, they have not received any security threats in Metro Manila in relation to the country’s hosting of the SEA Games.

“We just comply with the directive to secure the venues, the road, and the billet areas, no threat has been received as of now,” Sinas added.

The official reminds those who will watch the SEA Games that bringing in water, oversized bags, and sharp and pointed objects is prohibited, and that it is more prudent to just use transparent bags in going to the sports venues. (from the report of Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

NCRPO chief prepared to let VP Leni join drug busts

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 8, 2019

An agent of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-National Capital Region (PDEA-NCR) searches the pockets of suspected illegal drugs pusher ‘Bong’ during a raid on a house in Barangay Ugong, Valenzuela City, northeast of Manila, Philippines 02 February 2018. Agents of the PDEA conducted the raid in search of an alleged pusher named ‘Bong’. The operation resulted in the arrest of the suspect and discovery of hidden packs of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as shabu, after a search in two houses in the area. EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Chief PBGen. Debold Sinas said he is prepared to let Vice President Leni Robredo join drug busts.

“Bakit hindi? Kapag available siya (Why not, if she is available) we will. But of course, she’s the vice president. Importante ang security niya (her security is important),” he said.

Sinas also said they are willing to abide by the instructions of Robredo as the co-chairman of the Inter-agency Committee on Illegal Drugs (ICAD).

During the ICAD meeting on Friday (November 8) Robredo said drug operations should be done in a manner that doesn’t result in senseless killings.

“Iyong sa akin kapag nagkakaroon kasi ng mga senseless killings nadi-diminish iyong mga pagod na binubuhos natin dito (For me when there are senseless killings, it diminishes the work we put in this campaign),” she said.

Sinas also does not want killings however, they cannot guarantee there will be zero casualties in the campaign against illegal drugs.

“Ayaw din namin ng patayan. Kapag kami rin ay tinutukan, una (We also do not want killings. But if a gun is pointed at us, first) we have to defend ourselves also,” Sinas said.

Sinas assures all operations against illegal drugs will still be respectful of human rights and will not violate any laws.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

NCRPO chief removes Regional Mobile Force from MRT, LRT stations

Maris Federez   •   November 5, 2019

NCRPO chief BGen. Debold Sinas

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief BGen. Debold Sinas confirmed on Tuesday (November 5) that his office is gradually removing the members of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion from guarding the MRT and LRT stations.

Providing security in MRT and LRT stations will now be under the jurisdiction of the local police districts.

The police district will be the one to assign police personnel in the stations covered by their office.

“Pinababa ko na yung around 400 doon sa istasyon, kasi ang idea ang may juridiction niyan lahat local. Pag may nahuli diyan local po magpa file ng case. Imaginin niyo yung mobile force namin na may long firearms at fatigue, ayaw niyo sigurong makita yun,” Sinas explained. (with details from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

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