7 nabbed in separate Quezon City drug bust ops

Robie de Guzman   •   June 13, 2019   •   2812

(left-right) Drug suspects arrested in a buy-bust operation conducted in Luzon Avenue and Tandang Sora

Seven individuals suspected of dealing drugs, including a police asset and a pregnant woman, were arrested in separate buy-bust operations conducted in Quezon City on Thursday morning.

In an operation launched in Luzon Avenue in Pasong Tamo around 2 a.m., members of the Quezon City Police District nabbed two drug suspects who were former detainees charged with drug selling and possession. They were both released from jail last June 6.

Two others, including a five-month pregnant woman, were also arrested at the scene.

Seized from them were 10 grams of suspected shabu estimated to be worth P68,000, a weighing scale and other drug paraphernalia.

Shortly after the said operation in Luzon avenue, authorities then swooped in on another area in the corners of Tandang Sora and Congressional Avenue extension which yielded the arrest of three individuals.

The suspects include a police asset who helped police in a previous drug buy-bust operation.

Seized from them were several plastic sachets of suspected shabu.

All suspects are now facing charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

QC gov’t won’t lock down area of Filipino with new COVID-19 variant

Robie de Guzman   •   January 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The residential area of the Filipino who tested positive for the new variant of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will not be subjected to stricter quarantine rules, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said on Thursday.

Belmonte said there is no reason to put the barangay under lockdown as the patient was immediately placed on quarantine after he returned to the Philippines on January 7.

“It’s very unlikely that nakahawa siya sa kanyang mga kapitbahay etc… Wala pa ring batayan para maglockdown doon,” she said.

“Noong tiningnan ko datos ng Barangay Kamuning, nakita ko ang Kamuning is one of the barangays in Quezon City with the lowest number of COVID positive cases, and we have not observed any clustering or any community transmission,” she added.

The 29-year old male patient is the first case of the more transmissible COVID-19 variant recorded in the country. He lives in Kamuning with his family.

The Department of Health earlier reported that the patient tested negative for COVID-19 before his flight to Dubai in December. He also tested negative upon arrival in the Gulf state.

When he returned to the Philippines on January 7, he underwent a swab test and proceeded to a quarantine facility. His test result came out positive the following day.

His female companion, who was with him when they travelled to the Philippines, was also quarantined and tested negative for COVID-19 upon arrival. She would undergo another swab test for precautionary measure.

The patient’s family will also be quarantined and will undergo tests. The health workers who assisted the patient will also be placed under isolation.

Belmonte, meanwhile, appealed to the public not to discriminate residents from Barangay Kamuning following reports that some workers residing in the area have been told to no longer report for work for fear of transmission.

“Gusto ko ring ipaalam sa ating mga employers, ‘yung ibat ibang opisina, nauunawaan ko na kayo ay nangangamba pero dito sa lungsod Quezon, meron tayong tinatawag na Anti-Discrimination Ordinance. This is something that we are ready to pursue kung patuloy na dinidiscriminate mga mamamayan ng Barangay Kamuning nang dahil sa kasong ito,” she said.

A barangay official, however, lamented the disclosure of the patient’s residential area as this may cause fear among residents and may also affect businesses.

“Yun po yung sa akin, sana hindi na lang po dinisclose… May mga businesses po tayo katulad ng palengke na naapektuhan na tapos meron po tayong mga kabarangay na hindi na pinapapasok sa kanilang work,” Armida Castel, chairperson of Barangay Kamuning said.

The city government said it is currently tracing 10 passengers on board the flight of the patient, who are all residents in the city. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)

PDEA arrests party drugs supplier in Quezon City

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A narcotics supplier was arrested by operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in a buy-bust operation in Quezon City.

Authorities identified the suspect as Jhun Cabaya alias Sky High who was arrested for selling “party drugs.”

They also seized from the suspect 23 pieces of ecstacy tablet worth P39,100; twenty-five pieces of Flyhigh capsules worth P42,500; and 300ml of liquid ecstacy worth P90,000; a cellular phone and the buy-bust money.

Cabaya reportedly operate in several areas in Quezon City and Pasig City.

According to PDEA, Cabaya is facing charges for violation of Section 5 and Section 11 of Republic Act 9165 or Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 for selling and possessing illegal drugs. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

QC gov’t bans public gatherings during fiestas, other community events

Robie de Guzman   •   January 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines Public gatherings and other community celebrations will be prohibited in Quezon City, the local government announced.

In a memorandum dated Jan. 12, Mayor Joy Belmonte said the move aims to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in anticipation of upcoming fiestas, religious events, and cultural festivals traditionally held in many barangays in the city this month.

“Unless regulated, these celebrations could lead to mass gatherings and encourage the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” Belmonte said.

“Isakripisyo muna natin ang mga nakaugalian tuwing may ganitong pagdiriwang para na rin sa ating kaligtasan,” she added.

In her order, Belmonte prohibited the conduct of processions, parades, Santacruzan and other crowd-drawing activities and events like fairs, perya, variety shows, fireworks displays, ati-atihan or other public performances.

Public games and contests, such as pageants, singing or band contests, bingo, pabitin, paluan ng palayok, agawan, or tug of war are also banned.

Public buffets and boodle fights, and public drinking, including drinking outdoors or on sidewalks, and group contact sports such as basketball are also not allowed.

“Persons may only drink at home or inside restaurants or establishments, subject to health protocols,” Belmonte said.

Also banned are group videoke or other celebratory gatherings that violate social distancing, noise pollution or other noise nuisances due to excessive merrymaking, comingling of multiple households through large parties or traditional “open door” fiesta celebrations; and any other non-essential or non-work gatherings.

On the other hand, modest celebrations conducted within the home, among immediate family or close acquaintances are allowed, subject to social distancing and other applicable health protocols.

Also, masses, other religious solemnities, religious or traditional rituals for the purpose of blessing a building or establishment may continue, subject to strict health protocols such the wearing of face mask, face shields and social distancing.

Celebrations conducted primarily for an online audience, with very limited physical attendance are also allowed.

As for the coming celebration of Chinese New Year, Belmonte said the conduct of Dragon Dance or Lion Dance activities shall be allowed provided that the same shall be held in a designated area only, like the stage of a mall, with the audience seated and socially distanced, with mask and face shield.

Violators may be penalized under Republic Act No. 11332 or the Notifiable Diseases Act, various city ordinances and other pertinent laws, the city government said.

The city’s law and order cluster, regulatory departments, barangays, and the Quezon City Police District are ordered to strictly enforce the memorandum, it added.

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