Supporters guard Albuera, Leyte Mayor Espinosa in municipal hall

admin   •   August 19, 2016   •   3614

Supporters guard Albuera, Leyte Mayor Espinosa in municipal hall.

Supporters guard Albuera, Leyte Mayor Espinosa in municipal hall

 

TACLOBAN, Leyte — Supporters of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. express their support for the mayor who is inside the municipal building.

They hold placards with written messages saying, “You are not alone. We are your constituents in support of you. We love you Mayor Daddy Espinosa. We love you Mayor Daddy Onick.”

The acting leader of the group, Mary Ann Romero, says they are helping in providing security to the mayor, fearful for his life and his family’s.

“Since he arrived, we have been staying here overnight until dawn. We do not want anyone to harm the mayor. We are die-hard supporters of him,” Romero said.

Meanwhile, a number of residents muster their courage to speak on the issue of illegal drugs in their area.

According to barangay councilor Protacio Macamay, in the past they refrain from staying outdoors in fear of being killed due to crimes in their area.

“We are happy that we are free to go out. We held back in the past to speak of illegal drugs in our area because we are afraid of being kidnapped and killed such as the eight people who died just recently,” Macamay said.

Some residents are thankful that P/SInsp. Jovie Espenido was re-instated in Albuera

“It’s good that Sir Jovie is here to defend us. We are able to sleep peacefully at night without worrying that our children outside will be harmed,” said Rolando Mascareno, Albuera resident.

Residents say they hope that peace and order will remain in their place while the rampant illegal drug problems is being resolved. — Jenelyn Gaquit / UNTV News & Rescue

P1-M worth of illegal drugs seized in Taguig, 3 arrested

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 18, 2020

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Wednesday (June 17) seized P1 million worth of suspected illegal drugs in a buy-bust operation in Taguig City. Three individuals were arrested.

According to PDEA Spokesperson Derrick Carreon, the suspects might have found out that they were transacting with authorities which led to a small encounter.

“Nakatunog yata, ayun pinagbabangga niya na iyong sasakyan ng tropa (They suspected something so they hit the vehicle used by our troops), so in order to immobilize his vehicle, they shot his tire,” he said.

No one was injured during the encounter and authorities arrested Edwin Pascual, Vyron Flores, and Allan Mendoza and 200 grams of shabu were seized.

The suspects will face charges for violating Section 5 and Section 11 of Republic Act 9165 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Self-confessed drug Lord Kerwin Espinosa, tuloy pa rin ang illegal drug trade kahit nakakulong – Espenido

Robie de Guzman   •   June 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Hindi pa rin umano tumitigil sa kalakalan ng iligal na droga ang self-confessed drug lord na si Kerwin Espinosa.

Sa ekslusibong ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan sa UNTV Ito Ang Balita ngayong Miyerkules, sinabi ni Police Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido na tuloy pa rin si Espinosa sa pagbebenta ng iligal na droga kahit naka-detine ito sa pasilidad ng National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

Katunayan aniya nito ay ang pagkakapaslang sa ilan nitong tauhan, kabilang na ang isang nagngangalang Ryan Labandaria, sa isang operasyon ng Philippine National Police Drug Enforcement Group (PDEG) at National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) sa Lower Bicutan, Taguig City noong May 23.

Nakumpiska sa naturang operasyon ang nasa 12 kilo ng hinihinalang shabu na nagkakahalaga ng P81.6 milyon.

Sinabi rin ni Espenido na mga tauhan rin ni Espinosa ang dalawang magkapatid na sina Angelica at Maria Lyn Tulio na nahuli sa sinalakay na warehouse sa Marilao, Bulacan noong nakaraang linggo kasama ang isang Chinese national na nakilalang si Yuwen Cai.

Nakuha sa mga ito ang nasa 827 kilo ng hinihinilang shabu na nagkakahalaga ng P5.1 bilyon.

Inihayag rin ni Espenido na isa rin sa mga drug courier ni Espinosa si Danny Apiga na pinaslang sa Macapagal Boulevard kamakailan kasama ang isang Chinese national na si Jin Long Cai, na anak naman umano ng Chinese drug suspect na nahuli sa Bulacan.

“Mga tauhan lahat ni mayor, yung Ryan galing yan sa Albuera. Courier yan courier, mga kinuha yan,” ani Espenido.

Ayon naman sa hepe ng PDEG na si Brigadier General Romeo Caramat, patuloy pa nilang sinusuri ang natanggap nilang impormasyon ukol kay Espinosa.

“Meron kaming unvalidated info pero vini-verify pa namin to be sure,” ani Caramat.

Naniniwala si Espenido na hindi naging hadlang kay Espinosa ang pagkakadetine nito dahil mas lumawak pa ang drug operation nito.

“Powerful na eh, mas grabe ka-powerful s’ya kung i-compare mo noong una. Mas powerful s’ya ngayon kasi, yung nga, naka-detain na nakalaro pa,” ayon sa opisyal.

“Actually Pampanga, Bulacan, Cavite, Pasay at saka Taguig ang area nila. Actually ang mga tao dito sa Albuera, lahat dinala ni Kerwin doon sa Luzon,” dagdag pa niya.

Si Espenido ang nanguna sa mga raid na inilunsad ng pulisya sa mga bahay ng mag-amang Espinosa noong 2016 noong siya pa ang hepe ng Albuera Police sa Leyte.

Nasawi sa operasyon ang ama ni Kerwin na si Rolando Espinosa Senior na alkalde noon ng bayan ng Albuera. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Two suspects nabbed for selling injectable shabu online

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 20, 2020

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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