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Alarmed by the increasing proliferation of illegal drugs in the Philippines, Senate Minority Leader Vicente Sotto III has called on the administration to give more attention to the problem which he termed as a "national security concern." Only recently, a P225-million worth of illegal drugs were seized during a buy-bust operation in Quezon City.
He also said that the Philippines has become an easy transhipment point for illegal drugs, and drugs are also now being processed or manufactured in the country. He stressed that the law on illegal drugs must be strengthened, and that the death penalty must be restored for "high level drug trafficking." The ultimate penalty was revoked many years back due to a strong lobby of the Catholic Church! (Posted June 15, 2015)
A former agent of the Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Jonathan Morales, has revealed the "recycling of illegal drugs" modus operandi of some PDEA agents, bringing back to the street seized illegal drugs, like shabu, cocaine or marijuana.
He said that if a PDEA agent seizes a 10-kilo marijuana, this is no longer registered but is stored in a "savings vault," and later sold back in the market.
He added that some ranking officials of the PDEA are involved in the anomaly. (Posted June 14, 2015)
The Quezon City's Police District Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Group seized last Thursday, June 11, P225-million worth of shabu from Gary Ang Go, 54, of Woodland Subdivision, Angeles City, Pampanga and from a companion Sierralyn Boromeo of Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.
Chief Inspector Robert Razon said the two suspect drug pushers were nabbed during a buy-bust operation and they are confined at Camp Karingal and will be charged for violation of Section 15, 11 and 26 of the Comprehensive Drugs Act of 2002.
Meanwhile, a police official, PO3 Felicino Escobar, based in Binondo, Manila, were among those nabbed during a joint buy-bust operation conducted by the Philippine Drug enforcement Agency and the police in Barangay Cataran, Solana, Cagayan. (Posted June 12, 2015)
Senate Minority Leader Vicente C. Sotto has urged the re-imposition of death penalty to illegal drugs traffickers in the country! He will file the proposed death penalty bill covering high-profile illegal drugs trafficker on January 19, 2015 when the Senate resumes its regular sessions.
"I am pro-life but I am not pro-life for heinous criminals," Sotto stressed. "The death penalty will be a sword of Damocles hanging above the heads of the drug lords."
Using a Department of Tourism slogan, Sotto added: "It's more fun in the Philippines for drug lords." (Posted December 24, 2014)
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) arrested recently a suspected illegal drug courier in Butuan City, and three others while engaging themselves in a pot session in Zamboanga City.
Undersecretary and concurrently PDEA Director-General Arturo C. Cacdac Jr. identified the suspects as Sgt. Alfrenz Abidin, 32, intelligence officer of the Philippine Marines Corps assigned to the Western Mindanao Command and residing at Barangay Tetuan, Zamboanga City, while the two others were Nufaina Dizon, 31, of Jolo, Sulu, and Omarcayam Ibno, 25, of Lower Calarian, Zamboanga City.
The PDEA boss did not identify yet the suspected illegal courier pending further investigation. The suspect was about to pick-up the illegal drugs package - worth P2 milion - from a delivery service agency when the suspect was arrested. (Posted December 20, 2014)
Through a "buy-bust" operation, agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) arrested yesterday at a popular mall two sisters, Saimah Datumanong, 26, and Bibe Datumanong, 35, both residing in Rimas, Baclaran, Paranaque City.
PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac Jr. said that 100 grams of shabu were confiscated from the two suspects, plus the "buy-bust" marked money. The two suspects were charged under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Posted December 1, 2014)
Sr. Supt. Rhodel Sermonia, the newly appointed Bataan provincial police director, has asked the Philippine National Police (PNP) to assign a lawyer to review all cases of dismissed illegal drugs cases in the province.
The top provincial police officer said he wanted to find out how the cases were dismissed - whether due to weak prosecution, or due to the ineptness of the policemen who handled the cases. The proliferation of dismissed illegal drugs cases, the officer said, would only encourage the illegal drugs syndicates to continue their nefarious and heinous crimes.
Sermonia is known as an action man, and no doubt, he will engage all necessary government resources to overcome the illegal drugs business in Bataan! (Posted December 8, 2014)
Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal led the biggest anti-illegal drugs rally ever held in the city, with the full support of Bishop Joel "Bong" Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi!
The rally, held Saturday,was also participated in by the officials of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) headed by Rene M. Orbe, assistant secretary and deputy director for administration. The rally was participated in by about 18,000 individuals who came from various sectors of the citizenry. Mayor Rosal was quoted as saying, "We are serious in our fight against the proliferation of (illegal) drugs because this is a menace to society." On his part, Orbe commended Mayor Rosal for having led the anti-illegal drugs rally, and the participation of the citizenry. (Posted November 26, 2014)