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Traffic enforcer caught sniffing shabu inside MMDA toilet

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, September 21st, 2018

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)

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P6.8-M worth of shabu seized, 3 nabbed in Manila drug bust

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, June 10th, 2019

Courtesy : NCRPO

MANILA, Philippines – Police seized P6.8 million worth of shabu from three drug suspects nabbed in a buy-bust operation in Manila on Monday.

The operation was conducted at past 1 a.m. along Osmeña Road and Vito Cruz Street in Manila by the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Regional Drug Enforcement Unit, Manila Police District Station 6 and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-NCR.

The suspects, identified as Rudy Kidlat, Mark Anthony Alcantara, and Rona Valenzuela, are allegedly connected to a Chinese criminal group operating in Metro Manila and Cavite province.

The suspects were placed under surveillance for more than a month, according to the NCRPO.

Authorities confiscated 1,000 grams of shabu and a vehicle allegedly used in the delivery of illegal drugs.

Arrested suspects will face charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

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MMDA awaits SC decision on fate of provincial bus ban

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Friday, May 31st, 2019

File photo: MMDA personnel accost provincial buses traversing Edsa. (Photo courtesy of MMDA)

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Wednesday that it leaves the fate of the proposed provincial bus ban up to the Supreme Court (SC).

MMDA traffic chief Bong Nebrija said in an interview that “it will depend on the order of the Court if they will tell us to scrap the policy or to hold its implementation.”

He added that they are just waiting for the court order.

Nebrija made the statement after several lawmakers filed separate petitions before the SC to stop the implementation of MMDA Regulation No. 19-002.

The order seeks to ban all provincial buses from plying along Edsa, which one of the petitioners, Albay Representative Joey Salceda, believes as “oppressive and unfair.”

Read: Salceda urges SC to halt provincial bus ban on EDSA

Nebrija further said that while there is still no court order, the MMDA will still push through with its preparations and their plans for the bus terminal closure, which the agency targets to implement in June.

“We’ll wait kung go or no go but we are still preparing, we’re still pushing with the plan. In the absence of a court order, we will push through with it,” he added.

The MMDA official believes that the impending implementation of the provincial bus ban on Edsa remains as one of the best alternatives to decongest Metro Manila roads.

Read: MMDA: Edsa bus ban one of the best options in decongesting Metro Manila

Nebrija, however, said that they still haven’t come up with a timeline from preparations to implementation as they are still yet to receive the policy guidelines from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

The MMDA had implemented a dry run of the bus ban in April but suspended it in less than a month.

Read: Provincial bus ban dry run suspended—MMDA

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Drug pusher with alleged links to a Chinese drug syndicate nabbed in Pateros

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – A suspected drug pusher with alleged links to a Chinese drug syndicate was nabbed in Barangay Sta. Ana in Pateros on Tuesday evening (May 28).

The suspect, identified as Angelo Reyes, 65, was among the personalities on the police’s drug watchlist.

Police Major General Guillermo Eleazar said Reyes had been under surveillance due to his alleged connection with shabu trade in southern Metro Manila.

“The subject of the buy bust operation is one kilogram of shabu na ang usapan ay P1.5 million (which was priced for P1.5 million),” the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Regional Director said.

“But initially, dahil sa naging transaksyon ay na-consumate nga dito (But because of the transaction, it was consummated here so) we’re able to confiscate another 500 grams,” he added.

Authorities seized a total of one and a half kilos of shabu with an estimated street value of P10 million.

The NCRPO said Reyes has alleged links to a group of Chinese nationals operating a drug trade in the southern part of Metro Manila and in Laguna.

“Ito rin ang mga nakita na pinaglagyan doon sa ibang operations na malakihang trabaho ng PDEA at ng PNP,” Eleazar explained.

(These are similar containers to those confiscated in big time anti-drug operations of PDEA and the PNP.)

“So, we will be coordinating with PDEA para mabigyan natin sila ng impormasyon na siguradong makakatulong para matunton ‘yung mga koneksyon nitong ating naarestong suspek,” he added.

(So, we will be coordinating with PDEA to brief them of information which may help to track the connections of the arrested suspect.)

Reyes denied using illegal drugs though he admitted that he used to sell drugs to make ends meet.

“Namomorsyento lang kasi ako doon. Hindi naman ako talagang naggagaganoon, (I sell for commissions but I do not use drugs,)” he confessed.

The suspect will face charges for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

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