Rapper ‘Loonie’, 4 others nabbed in Makati drug buy-bust

Robie de Guzman   •   September 19, 2019   •   1413

MANILA, Philippines – Battle rapper ‘Loonie’ and four others were nabbed by authorities during an illegal drug buy-bust operation in Makati City on Wednesday night.

‘Loonie’, whose real name is Marlon Peroramas, was arrested by members of Makati police Drug Enforcement Unit including his companions identified as Albert Alvarez, Ivan Agustin, David Rizon and Idyll Liza Peroramas, Loonie’s sibling.

Makati police chief Col. Rogelio Simon said they launched the operation at a basement of a condominium in Barangay Poblacion in Makati at past 8 p.m. Wednesday.

This is after surveilling Loonie for a month following an information about his alleged illegal activities.

“Tumutugma ito sa lahat ng impormasyon na ibinigay ng ating informant na karamihan ng mga activities niya ay ginagawa dito sa Makati at isinasabay niya y’ong kaniyang pagdi-distribute ng mga ganitong klaseng kontrabando, itong Kush na ‘to, itong high grade marijuana na ‘to,” Simon said.

Seized from the group were 15 sachets of dried leaves believed to be high-grade marijuana (kush) with an estimated value of P100,000; cellphone and marked money.

Loonie, who rose to fame in the rap battle league FlipTop, denied the allegations.

“Hindi totoo lahat n’ong paratang sa akin. Hindi po sa amin ‘yan,” he said.

“Ang cellphone ko po diyan ‘yong isa, ‘yong maliit po. Hindi po ‘yan sa akin. ‘Yang pera po at saka ‘yong lahat ng mga nasa sachet, hindi po sa’kin ‘yan,” he added.

Loonie insisted they went to the area to meet a child with a cancer.

“Pumunta po kami dito para sa batang may cancer. Nanggaling pa po ako sa radio interview kanina. Dumerecho po ako dito t’as bigla na lang pong ganoon,” he said.

The Makati police chief has expressed dismay over Loonie’s arrest due to drug-related charges.

“Nakakasama ng loob dahil personally kilala ko y’ong tao. Maraming nag-a-idol sa kaniya meaning madali siyang makahikayat ng mga nag-a-idolized sa kaniya dahil sa sikat siya,” Simon said.

Loonie and his companions may face charges for violation of Comprehensive Dangerous Act of 2002. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

4 nabbed amid pot session after cops smell weed

admin   •   January 21, 2019

Drug suspects

MANILA, Philippines — Four males were arrested Monday
(January 21) at around 1:00 a.m. while in the middle of a pot session on Luzon Avenue, Barangay Holy Spirit. Two of the suspects were minors and residents of the area.

Operatives of the Quezon City Police District Station Drug Enforcement Unit were supposed to conduct a buy-bust operation in another location when they caught a whiff of marijuana as they passed by the area where the four suspects were allegedly smoking pot.

Two sachets of alleged dried marijuana leaves and drug paraphernalia were seized from the suspects.

“Nagsisisi po. Wala na po. Huli na po ako,” said one of men who goes by the alias, “Tristan”.

Barangay executive officer Nestor del Rosario said that the suspects were notorious drug users but have never been apprehended until now.

“Mga positibo ‘yan na mga gumagamit talaga,” said Del Rosario.

The minors will be placed under the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The two other suspects are facing drug charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. — Asher Cadapan | UNTV News & Rescue

Online dealer of high-grade marijuana arrested in QC

admin   •   January 4, 2019


Drug surrenderer Enrico Zamora (L); Suspect 22-year-old Nigel Nicolas (R)


QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Quezon City Police District Station 7 arrested 22-year-old Nigel Nicolas on Thursday night (January 3) in a buy-bust operation after he was caught selling high-grade marijuana on Kalantiyaw St. in Barangay Masagana, Quezon City.

Nicolas allegedly used social media to transact deals with his customers who are mostly students and call center agents working in Cubao area.

QCPD Station 7 commander Police Superintendent Giovanni Hycenth Caliao said that their operatives were able to infiltrate the group chat that the suspect uses to communicate with buyers.

“Nag-umpisa yung ating operasyon sa isang messenger group na napasok po ng ating mga operatiba na itong nakatransakyon, through online, ay ipinagsama yung ating poseur-buyer police operatives doon sa mismong pinagbibilhan ng kush na high grade marijuana,” said Caliao.
A policeman posing as a buyer arranged to meet Nicolas at a mall in Cubao. However, the suspect changed the venue to a location near his residence.

Nicolas admitted to selling marijuana which he sources from the Mountain Province.

“Na ano lang po nung mga kaibigan ko…para po buhayin yung pamilya ko extra income. Isang buwan pa lang po,” he said.

One of the suspect’s customers arrested by the police is drug surrenderer, Enrico Zamora.

“Gusto ko lang tumake… hinahanap lang po ng katawan ko, parang ganun lang po,” Zamora said.

Police recovered from the suspect four medium-sized plastic bags containing suspected marijuana; five small bags of suspected high-grade marijuana known as “kush”; a cellphone; a mountain bike, a black pouch; a P1,000 boodle money and a P500 bill used as buy-bust money. — Gerry Galicia | UNTV News & Rescue

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Lawmakers open to tackle proposed legalization of medical marijuana

admin   •   December 19, 2018


FILE PHOTO: Marijuana plant | REUTERS

MANILA, Philippines — Senate Committee on Health and Demography chairperson Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito is open to tackling the proposed legalization of marijuana for medical use.

“I have been open to it because if it will prolong the lives, ease the pain of those cancer patients and those in pain, and relieve their agony, why not?” said Ejercito.

Some senators are also willing to hear the debate on the issue.

According to Sen. Panfilo Lacson, he is open to this proposal but not for recreational purposes.

Even some lawmakers in the Lower House believe that the statement of Miss Universe Catriona Gray regarding the use of medical marijuana may help in the passage of the bill.

According to Kabayan party-list Rep. Ron Salo, one of the authors of House Bill No. 6517, cannabis may help patients with severe seizure, muscle aches and others.

The proposed bill has already been approved in the committee level.

But according to Senate President Vicente Sotto III, there is no need to pass another law for the use of medical marijuana.

He explained that under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs of 2002 that he authored, there is a policy regarding the regulation of use of dangerous drugs for legitimate medical needs.

According to Sotto, a patient or his or her relative just has to go to the Food and Drugs Administration to ask for what is called a compassionate special permit.

“If the Dangerous Drugs Act confide with FDA circular, we have a compassionate-use provision. It’s allowed already, so what are they talking about? They just don’t know the law,” said Sotto.

“Meron na ba kayong nabalitaan na ang PNP, hinuli ang medical marijuana? Wala, dahil hindi bawal,” he added.

The Senate president clarified however, that usage of marijuana as recreational use is strictly prohibited by law.

Planting of marijuana is also prohibited in the Philippines, given that the country is one of the signatories in the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue


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