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A barangay kagawad was arrested by combined police and anti-drug agents in a buy-bust operation on May 11, 2011 in Digos City, Davao del Sur.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Undersecretary Jose S. Gutierrez Jr. identified the suspect as Roy Calingacion y Miro, alias Pakoy, 35 years old, married, a resident of Lapu-Lapu Extension, and an elected barangay Councilor of Barangay Dulangan of the same place. He is included in the PDEA Target List of drug personalities.

            Gutierrez said, joint elements of PDEA RO11 led by Director Emerson Rosales, Digos City Police Station, and Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (PAIDSOTF) of Davao del Sur Provincial Police Office conducted the buy-bust operation at about 10:30 p.m. along the vicinity of Lapu-Lapu Extension, Zone 3, Digos City, Davao del Sur.

            Calingacion was arrested after handling one (1) piece medium size plastic sachet of suspected shabu weighing more or less 0.5 gram to an undercover agent.

Other pieces of evidence confiscated from him were seven (7) pieces of large sachets containing suspected shabu weighing more or less 35 grams; assorted drug paraphernalia; one (1) unit mobile phone used in illegal drug transactions; and the eight (8) pieces P500.00 marked bills used as buy-bust money. He also yielded one (1) unit caliber .45 pistol.

            Cases for violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs), Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs), Section 12 (Possession of Instrument, Equipment, Apparatus and Other Paraphernalia for Illegal Drugs), and Section 28 (Criminal Liability of Government Officials and Employees), Article II of RA 9165, otherwise known as The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, have been filed against the suspect. In addition, the suspect was also charged for violation of RA 8294 (Illegal Possession of Firearms). -30- Director Derrick Arnold C Carreon, Chief, Public Information Office

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May 19, 2011 at 5:16 am

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The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) denied the involvement of any PDEA agents or personnel in the robbery/hold-up that happened on May 12, 2011 at 11:15 am inside a San Agustin Bus Liner along Agujinaldo Highway, Barangay San Agustin in Dasmariñas City, Cavite.

            PDEA Director General Undersecretary Jose S. Gutierrez, Jr. said that based on the investigation conducted by PDEA Regional Office 4A (PDEA RO 4A) in coordination with the Dasmariñas City Police Station, the incident was presumed to have been carried out by an organized robbery group operating in the region and Metro Manila.

            In his report to Gutierrez, PDEA RO 4A Regional Director Emerson L. Margate said that a personnel check was made in their office to determine the whereabouts of all personnel during the time of the incident. Margate reported that a General Office Meeting was held on the date and time that the robbery took place. The meeting was attended by all officers and personnel of PDEA RO 4A except for one (1) agent who attended a court hearing and one (1) employee who was on vacation.

            News reports in some tabloids alleged that six (6) men who introduced themselves as PDEA agents were behind the robbery/hold-up where more or less Php 9,000,000.00 (P9 million) worth of assorted foreign currency was taken by the perpetrators from three (3) employees of the JSY Money Changer, which is based in Robinson’s Place, Barangay Sampaloc, Dasmariñas City.

            Gutierrez expressed gratitude to the Agency’s counterparts from the Dasmariñas police for helping PDEA RO 4A in verifying the incident. He added, the Agency does not tolerate any misdemeanors done by its officers and personnel and that there is also no room for unscrupulous personalities who introduce themselves as PDEA agents when they commit crimes. -30- Director Derrick Arnold C Carreon, Chief, Public Information Office

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May 19, 2011 at 5:14 am

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An arrested female shabu pusher claimed that her supplier gets the illegal drug from a source who is a detainee at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

            PDEA Director General Jose S. Gutierrez, Jr. said that during investigation conducted by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency–Cordillera Administrative Region (PDEA-CAR), suspect Aileen Orcullo Saavedra said that her supplier from Sablan, Benguet travels every now and then from Baguio City to get the illegal drug from a detainee at NBP.

            Saavedra, 23 years old, housewife, a native of Zamboanga City and residing at No. 32 Bagong Bayan, Happy Glen Loop, Baguio City, was arrested during a buy-bust operation conducted by operatives of PDEA-CAR near her residence in the evening of May 11, 2011. Seized from her were two sachets of shabu weighing 0.21 grams with a street value of two thousand pesos (P2,000).

            Investigation also revealed that Saavedra and her live-in partner who was not identified are responsible for shabu peddling at the Happy Glen Loop Area and their clients are mostly out-of-school youth. Their buyers, according to the investigation, usually order shabu either through text messaging or phone call. The customers then pick the item at the couple’s house.

            A case for violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs), Republic Act 9165, or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, has been filed against Saavedra before the Office of the City Prosecutor-Baguio. -30- Director Derrick Arnold C Carreon, Chief, Public Information Office

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May 19, 2011 at 5:12 am

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Regional Offices of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) have intensified operations against high value targets in their respective areas of responsibility.

            Past midnight of May 4, 2011, elements of PDEA Regional Office 12 Special Enforcement Unit (SEU) conducted a buy-bust operation against two (2) notorious pushers in the vicinity of Purok Islam, Brgy. Dadiangas South, General Santos City.

            A report submitted to PDEA Director General Undersecretary Jose S. Gutierrez, Jr. identified the arrested suspects as Alibai Labturan y Guiamadil and Tato Amino y Laguialot.  Both were included in the Watch List of drug personalities in General Santos City.

           Labturan was apprehended after handing over two (2) heat-sealed plastic sachets containing suspected shabu to a poseur-buyer. Also recovered from him were various drug paraphernalia and the 500-peso bill marked money.          Amino, who was arrested half an hour later, yielded two (2) plastic sachets of suspected shabu and the buy-bust money.

           Meanwhile, on the same day, operatives from PDEA Regional Office 4A implemented Search Warrant No. 11-17729 issued by Hon. Judge Ma. Theresa Dolores C. Gomez-Estoesta, 1st Vice Executive Judge, RTC Manila at Unit B, Lot 1, Blk 26, Phase 3, Mabuhay City Subd., Paliparan III. Dasmariñas City, Cavite.

          Arrested during the operation were two suspects, identified as Virginia Martinez y Siongo and Nasser Manalocon y Pompo. They were under PDEA’s tight watch prior to their arrests. Confiscated from them were three (3) plastic sachets of suspected shabu. They are now facing charges for violation of Section 11(Possession of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of RA 9165 or the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002”.


          According to the PDEA Chief, PDEA Regional and Field Offices nationwide have stepped up their intensified campaign against street level pushers while closely monitoring individuals in the Agency Watch List, in accordance with the shift in PDEA’s operational thrusts.-30- Derreck Carreon, PDEA

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May 9, 2011 at 12:44 pm

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Hanggang dalawa katao lamang, ‘driver’ at ‘backrider’, ang maaaring sumakay sa motorsiklo na nakasuot ng hindi madilim o ‘tinted’ na ‘full face shield crash helmet’ sa pagbiyahe sa Quezon City.

Ito ang nilalaman ng panukalang ordinansa ni Konsehal Jaime Borres ng ikatlong distrito ng QC na nagsusulong sa pagsusuot ng ‘standard quality crash helmet’.

Ayon kay Borres, lumalabas sa istatistika na tumaas ang bilang ng aksidente na kinasasangkutan ng motorsiklo sa nakalipas na anim na taon.

Malaki ang paniniwala ng konsehal na sa pamamagitan nang paggamit ng ‘standard quality crash helmet’ ay mas mabibigyang proteksyon ang ‘driver’ at ‘rider’ kumpara sa mga hindi nagsusuot ng helmet.

Sa ilalim ng panukala, kailangang nagsusuot ng helmet ang ‘driver’ at ‘rider’ ng motorsiklo. Dapat ding may nakadikit na ‘reflectorized number sticker’, na may sukat na 7×4 inches at plaka ng motor sa gilid ng helmet.

Hindi rin dapat masyadong madilim o tinted ang face shield ng helmet.

Sinabi ni Borres na makakatulong din ang mga probisyon na ito para labanan ang krimen lalung-lalo na yaong sinasabing riding in tandem na nakasuot ng sobrang tinted na helmet para hindi makilala.

Ang sinumang lalabag sa probisyon ay maaaring ma-impound ang motorsiklo, makumpiska ang lisensiya at pagmultahin ng P3,000. -30- Divine/ Maureen Quinones, PAISO

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April 19, 2011 at 11:05 am

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Not more than two persons are to be allowed to ride on a motorcycle and they should wear a non-tinted full face shield crash helmets when travelling in Quezon City .

In a proposed ordinance filed by third district Councilor Jaime Borres, all motorcycle drivers and riders in Quezon City shall be required to wear standard quality crash helmets.

Borres said that statistic have shown that the incidence of motorcycle accidents have gone up in the past six years due to the fact that most of the riders did not wear proper helmets.

He strongly believed that with the use of standard quality crash helmets, both the driver and rider will be much protected than those who do not use crash helmets.

Under the proposal, a reflectorized number sticker, 7×4 inches in size and with the plate number of the motorcycle, will be placed at the rear of driver’s and rider’s crash helmets.

Borres said that these requirements can help in deterring crimes involving those riding in tandem and using heavily tinted crash helmets.

Any person who will violate these provisions shall suffer the penalty of having his motorcycle unit impounded and his driver’s license confiscated and the fine for noncompliance is P3,000. -30- Divine/ Maureen Quinones, PAISO

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April 19, 2011 at 10:45 am

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Kinondena ni Puerto Princesa City Mayor Eduard Hagedorn ang pananakot sa mga kamag-anak ng mga testigo sa pagpaslang kay Dr. Gerry Ortega.


Sa ginanap na lingguhang Broadcaster’s Forum sa Hotel Rembrant ay hinahamon ng nasabing alkalde ang mga katunggali sa pulitika na harapin na lang ang imbestigasyon ng PNP at NBI. (Larawan ni: Bert Gines)


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March 10, 2011 at 12:33 pm

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Tsino Nasakote ng PDEA

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Nabulagar kamakailan ng PDEA at PCP-1 Caloocan Pulis sa pangunguna ng kanilang Commander na si SPO4 Billy Vergara ang mga suspek na sina Cai Lian, Wang Xiao Yan (mag-asawa) at Cai Hong Xuan. Ang tanging pakay umano ng grupo ay i-serve ang isang warrant nang bigla magtakbuhan ang mga ito dahil sa kabiglaan. Dito nadiskubre ng grupo ni SPO4 Vergara na may gawaan ng shabu sa nasabing bahay. Makikita sa larawan kaliwa pakanan ang isang kagawad ng PDEA na inimbentaryo ang nakuhang mga shabu sa loob ng sasakyang CRV na may plakang ZHW 257 kulay silver. Nakumpiska ang may 120 gramo ng shabu na nagkakahalaga ng Php1.8 Milyong Piso samantala, ang nasabing bahay ng Chinese national ay matatagpuan sa # 173 Asuncion St. Barangay-84, Morning Breeze, Caloocan City. (Larawan ni BOY CRUZ)

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March 2, 2011 at 11:36 am

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Months of extensive surveillance operations by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) finally paid off with the apprehension of two (2) drug personalities in Cavite.

A report submitted to PDEA Director General/ Undersecretary Jose S. Gutierrez, Jr., disclosed that the anti-illegal drug operation conducted by elements of PDEA Regional Office 4A inside the Garden Grove Subdivision, Dasmariñas, Cavite led to the arrest of suspects, ALFREDO BATAC y ABANTO and EMILIO PAMINTUAN y OLIVEROS.

The operation yielded three (3) heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu, weighing more or less one (1) gram which was found inside the suspects’ black Isuzu Crosswind vehicle with plate number XPA-749.

The suspect is now under the custody of PDEA 4A for investigation and proper disposition while the confiscated pieces of drug evidence were subsequently submitted to the PNP Regional Crime Laboratory Office for chemical analysis. A case for violation of section 11, Article II of RA 9165 is being readied against the suspects.

Undersecretary Gutierrez commended the officers and men of PDEA 4A for their continuing efforts to enforce the anti-drug law and realize the National Anti-Drug Program of Action in their area of responsibility.-30- (RAFFY RICO/JIMMY CAMBA)

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March 2, 2011 at 11:02 am

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The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) under the leadership of Director General/Undersecretary JOSE S. GUTIERREZ JR., arrested more drug pushers in the regions.

On February 17, 2011, agents of PDEA Region 7 under the direct supervision of Director Adrian G. Alvariño conducted a buy-bust operation along the vicinity of Magsaysay St. Barangay Suba, Pasil, Cebu City which resulted in the arrest of a notorious drug Watch Listed person in the area namely Marcial Sere Inso, who resisted the arrest but was finally immobilized by the arresting operatives.

During the arrest, the PDEA agents heard gunshots from the neighboring residences, they were hit with rocks and Molotov (improvised kerosene bomb). Despite the risky situation, the operatives managed to subdue the suspect and bring him to the office.

Pieces of evidence recovered from Inso were two (1) transparent plastic sachet containing suspected shabu with a total weight of more or less 7 grams and the marked money.

Further investigation revealed that Marcial Sere Inso was also responsible for the extensive distribution of illegal drugs in the provinces of Bohol and Siquijor including the town of Cordova and in Lapu-lapu City. 

On the same day, PDEA in Region 8 also arrested a drug pusher during a buy bust operation. The suspect was identified as Edward Peregrino David Go of Barangay 74 Lower Nula, Tacloban City, Leyte. He yielded a sachet of suspected shabu. 

A case for violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs) Article II of RA 9165 has been filed against the suspects.-30- (RAFFY RICO/JIMMY CAMBA)

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March 2, 2011 at 11:01 am

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