2 drug suspects fall in buy-bust ops in Cavite

Robie de Guzman   •   July 5, 2019   •   2137

Two suspected drug peddlers were arrested by authorities in a buy-bust operation conducted in Cavite on Thursday night (July 4).

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) identified the suspects as Ato Labing Kasim, 30 and Jubaire Mohammad Kitab, 21.

PDEA said that Kasim and Kitab are allegedly linked to a Chinese drug lord, currently detained at the New Bilibid Prisons, who operates in parts of Metro Manila, Tacloban and Cavite. The alleged drug lord is also said to be operating in Mindanao with the help of a former mayor.

“Itong si Ato Kasim, may direct link kay Butokan Kendong na taga-Cotabato. Ito naman si Botokan Kendong, may direct link kay Montaser Sabal na amo din nito na former Mayor ng Talitay, Magindanao,” said Levi Ortiz, PDEA Special Enforcement Service Director III.

“Now these people, ang drugs kinukuha nila sa Chinese source na naka-detain ngayon sa Muntinlupa,” Ortiz added.

Recovered from the suspects were around one kilogram of shabu (crystal meth), which is estimated to worth nearly P7 million, and two vehicles allegedly used for drug transactions.

The suspects have denied the allegations.

“Hindi po namin kilala ‘yan, si Montaser Sabal,” Kasim said.

“Hindi ko po alam na mayroon pong droga sa ilalim ng upuan po ng sasakyan kasi ‘pag pinagpa-drive po ako, binibigyan ako P500 pamasahe pauwi,” Kitab said.

PDEA said the two suspects will face charges for violation of Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Lacson, Sotto test negative for illegal drugs

Maris Federez   •   November 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential aspirant Senator Panfilo Lacson and running mate Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Monday (November 22) underwent voluntary drug testing at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) office in Diliman, Quezon City, and tested negative for drug use, a statement from the Partido Reporma said.

Earlier in the day, Sotto said: “Magkaalaman na kung sino matatapang”.

The Lacson-Sotto tandem said their move was to show that they are drug-free and fit to run in the 2022 national and local elections.

Sotto earlier said that ordinary drug tests only determine “shabu” or  “marijuana” use.

However, the PDEA test that they took, he said, is a ‘’multi-drug one-step immunometric assay for the detection of drugs of abuse in urine.’’

In the statement, Lacson said he and Sotto took a multi-drug screening procedure, which is capable of detecting all types of illegal substances in a human body. They both tested negative for illegal drugs.

The tandem went through all the protocols from the signing up of forms to the submission of their urine samples where an attending physician monitored them closely to ensure the authenticity of the tests.

Last Friday, Lacson suggested Friday conducting a random drug test to candidates following President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement on an unnamed presidential candidate who was into cocaine.

“I have never been addicted to drugs all my life, so I have no problem with that. In fact, we should all undergo random testing to make it more credible,” he said.

Meanwhile, in an ambush interview in General Santos City, Senator Christopher ‘Bong’ Go who is also running for president, reiterated that, although it is not mandatory, he is willing to undergo drug testing any time of the day.

“Ako naman po willing magpa-drug test anytime of the day. Anytime po kung kakailanganin,” Go said.

“Though hindi mandatory, pero just to prove lang po sa Pilipino kung sino yung fit na mamuno sa ating bansa ay willing po akong magpa-drug test, any time of the day po,” he added. —/mbmf

Sara Duterte sacks info officer who attended party raided for drugs

Robie de Guzman   •   November 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has terminated a city information officer who attended a party that was later raided for illegal drugs by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

In a statement on Tuesday, Duterte said she fired information officer, Jefry Tupas, a day after she was linked to a party raided by anti-narcotics agents.

The raid, conducted by PDEA at a beach party in Davao de Oro last Saturday, yielded some P1.5 million worth of party drugs and marijuana.

Tupas earlier admitted to attending the party but stressed that she left early after eating.

“The former City Information Officer, Jefry Tupas, of the City Government of Davao was involved in a drug raid last November 6 in the Municipality of Mabini, Province of Davao de Oro,” Duterte said.

“The details of the raid are known only to the PDEA officers in Davao de Oro and Ms. Tupas,” she added.

The mayor said Tupas was informed of her termination on November 7.

“Last Sunday, Jefry signified her resignation and on the same moment she was informed that she is terminated from work with the City Government of Davao,:” Duterte said.

PDEA agents arrested at least 17 people during the raid.

Narco politicians, muling binalaan ng PNP kasunod ng pag-aresto sa  isang kandidato sa Cotabato

Maris Federez   •   October 22, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — Muling nagbabala ang pamunuan ng Philippine National Police (PNP) sa mga pulitiko na nakikipagsabwatan sa mga sindikato ng iligal na droga sa bansa.

Ito’y kasunod ng pagkakaaresto sa mayoral candidate na si Tom Nandang, alyas Datukon Nandang, na tumatakbong alkalde sa Kabuntalan, Maguindanao.

Nakuha kay Nandang ang nasa 5-milyong pisong halaga ng shabu at isang .45 caliber pistol.

Si Nandang ay kasalukuyang nasa kustodiya ng Philippne Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) habang inihahanda ang kasong isasampa laban sa kanya.

Ayon kay PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar, hindi titigil ang pulisya sa pagtugis sa mga politiko na may kaugnayan sa iligal na droga.

“I am reiterating my warning against political aspirants with connections to criminal groups, you will be arrested. The PNP will stop you from using your guns and goons to try to steal the elections from our kababayan,” ani Eleazar. —/mbmf

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