The alleged shabu-sniffing traffic enforcer (blurred) at the police station
MAKATI CITY, Philippines – A traffic enforcer was arrested after he was caught sniffing shabu inside the lavatory of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) office.
MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said they received a report from another employee who saw Aluyen in the act of using illegal drugs.
“May pinapunta akong mga tao. May Intelligence Department kami dito. Mag-isa raw siya. Ang hirap kausap kahit anong imbestiga ang gawin ko. Ang hirap pala kausap ng may tama,” Garcia said during a press briefing on Thursday (September 20).
The enforcer was identified as Rommel Aluyen who has been with the agency for 15 years prior to the arrest.
Garcia already recommended to MMDA Chairman Danny Lim the dismissal of Aluyen and the filing of administrative charges against him. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)
Since Friday last week, the traffic situation along EDSA has gone from bad to worse.
Commuters and motorists alike are blaming the Metropolitan Manila Development Authorities (MMDA) for its strict implementation of the yellow lane policy.
The MMDA, however, countered that the agency is only clearing out the lanes from undisciplined bus drivers who would haphazardly stop along EDSA to take in passengers.
MMDA said this practice would cause congestion as what happened last Monday (August 5).
Despite the measure taken by the MMDA, it earned criticism on social media, branding the agency as anti-commuter.
MMDA traffic czar Col. Edison “Bong” Nebrija said yellow lanes on EDSA would never be congested if only motorists will learn how to give way to each other.
The MMDA pointed out that the lack of discipline of motorists, particularly city bus drivers, causes traffic congestion along Metro Manila’s major thoroughfare.
“Discipline. Kapag tinanong mo yung bus (driver), alam mo ba yung tama? Lisensyado ka ba? Alam mo yung tama? Oo, Sir. Alam mo yung mali” Yes, Sir. Alam mong mali yung ginagawa mo? Opo. Eh bakit mo ginagawa? Traffic, Sir, eh [When you ask the bus (driver), do you know what’s right? Do you have a license? Do you know what’s right? Yes, Sir. Do you know what’s wrong? Yes, Sir. Do you know that what you’re doing is wrong? Yes. So why do you still do it? Because it’s traffic, Sir],” Nebrija cited. (with details from Joan Nano) /mbmf
About one kilogram of suspected shabu (cystal meth) with an estimated value of P7.1 million was seized by the police from a teen suspect in a buy-bust operation conducted in Caloocan City on Wednesday morning.
Authorities identified the suspect as 18-year old Jaymark Mercene, alias Mac-Mac/Kapre.
Operatives from the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), Caloocan City Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) conducted the operation around 1 a.m. at a motel in Rizal Avenue in Caloocan.
NCRPO Regional Director Major General Guillermo Eleazar said they launched the operation after receiving confirmation that Mercene was inside the motel.
The buy-bust in Caloocan was a follow-up of a previous anti-drug operation conducted in Parañaque last week.
Eleazar said Mercene was allegedly a trusted accomplice of Edgardo Mongado Jr., who is said to be the head of a criminal gang operating in Metro Manila and nearby towns.
Recovered from Mercene were marked money and bags of shabu wrapped in Chinese tea bags, similar to those seized by authorities in previous anti-drug operations.
“Kami’y naniniwala na kasama ito doon sa batch na ipinasok doon na ngayon ay ating nakukuha. But you can just imagine kung ito ay napakarami na kumalat na sa iba’t ibang lugar natin,” Eleazar said.
The police official said they are now conducting a follow-up operation to trace the connections of the criminal gang.
Mercene will face charges for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act. (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
“May information nga na may binabagsak na malaking kalidad ng iligal drugs doon sa farm na iyon so nag-apply kami ng search warrant and good enough nag-positive may nakuha tayong 10 kilo ng shabu (We received information about high-quality illegal drugs being dropped off at that farm. So we applied a search warrant and good enough, we seized 10 kilos of shabu),” according to Batangas Provincial Director PCol. Edwin Quillates.
Quillates added that they have been monitoring the activity of Fernandez and have noted that he had been betting P300,000-P350,000 in cockfighting which drew their suspicions.
Authorities tracked that Fernandez does not have a visible source of income since he is only a farm caretaker.
During the search, authorities were also able to seize an unlicensed .45 caliber pistol and two pots of marijuana plant.
Quillates said they will continue their investigation to identify the suspect’s cohorts.—AAC (with reports from Sherwin Culubong)
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