Magalong, Aquino fear for security of own families due to heightened death threats

Maris Federez   •   October 4, 2019   •   1478

PDEA chief Dir. Gen. Aaron Aquino (L) and Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong (R)

 “Wala lang galawan ng pamilya o kaya they just have to make sure that na ‘pag may ginawa siya sa ‘kin eh, I will not survive otherwise all hell will break loose.”

(Just don’t touch my family or they just have to make sure that when they do something to me, I will not survive otherwise all hell will break loose. )

This was what Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong had to say on the threats he has been receiving left and right in the past week.

The former chief of the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) also confirmed that he received a piece of A1 or top quality information on Thursday (October 3) on the purported plans of those who want to hurt him.

 “Tinext na agad ako noong security ko tinext na rin siya ng isang gun for hire na, yung kilala niyang gun for hire eh may kumausap na raw at pinag kuwan ako (My security texted me as he received a message of one gun-for-hire whom he knew. The gun-for-hire said someone has talked to him already and wants me dead). I just have to, you know, be conscious with my security lalong lalo na sa aking family (especially of my family),” Magalong said.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Dir. Gen. Aaron Aquino, on the other hand, said that he is already used to receiving death threats.

He, however, believes that the threats he is receiving now are more serious, which prompted him to also strengthen the security for his family.

Natambangan ako ng (I had been ambushed) four times already. I even sold one of my small houses dahil kinasing na ako doon (because I had been monitored there). But the threat has intensified recently,” Aquino recounted.

All these stemmed from their expose on the 2013 agaw-bato incident in Pampanga that involved 13 police officers who allegedly engaged in recycling or reselling of illegal drugs that they confiscated from an anti-drug operation in Pampanga in 2013.

These police officers were under PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde when he was still the chief of Pampanga Provincial Police.

Aquino said that although he has no regrets doing what he did, he had to consult his family first before he made his move.

Sabi nila (They said) the truth will set you free. Sabi nila (They said) ‘Daddy, papa tell the truth,’” Aquino added.

Mayor Magalong, meanwhile, said he received messages from several police officers after Thursday’s Senate hearing.

“Thank you, sir, for standing and speaking up for the truth. We are carefully listening to all of the resource persons’ testimonies and honestly, sir, we are really demoralized,” Magalong quoted some of the messages. (from the report of Grace Casin) /mbmf

PNP, PDEA seize around P12-M worth of illegal drugs on weekend ops

Maris Federez   •   May 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The regional offices of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) have arrested 158 individuals and seized millions worth of illegal drugs during a series of operations conducted in several provinces in Central Luzon.

From April 30 to May 2, the joint operations of the two agencies have yielded a total of 478 sachets of methamphetamine or shabu, weighing 1,007.97 grams and amounting to more than P6.854-million.

Sixty-six sachets of marijuana, 24 marijuana bricks, and 26 rolled suspected dried marijuana leaves with fruiting tops weighing 37,250 grams with a street value of Php4,66-million were also confiscated.

The combined operations also seized six assorted firearms and resulted in the death of five suspects.

In a press statement, PNP Regional Office 3 head PBGen. Valeriano De Leon has “lauded all operating troops for their commitment and untiring efforts to eradicate the proliferation of illegal drugs in the region.”

“This is another feather in the cap for both the PNP- PRO3 and the PDEA3.Our joint efforts to combat drugs and put these lawless elements behind jail continue to pay off. We will not stop and we will win our waging war uphand,” de Leon added. —/mbmf

Sandra Cam under hospital arrest after surrendering to authorities

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine Charity Sweepstake Office board member Sandra Cam is currently under hospital arrest after surrendering to authorities on Wednesday night, April 28.

PNP Chief, Police General Debold M. Sinas  in a statement said, warrants of arrest were served against Cam in an undisclosed hospital where she is presently admitted following her surrender to the Cavite Provincial Field Unit of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.

Cam, along with her son Marco Martin Cam and five others, is charged with murder for her alleged involvement in the killing of Batuan, Masbate Vice Mayor Charlie Yuson III in October 2019.

CIDG 4A Chief P.Col. Lito Patay said the arrest warrant for Cam was issued on Monday, April 26, by the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 42.

“Sumuko iyon dahil may feeler na pumunta. May warrant kasi siya kaya sumuko. Pero nandoon sa ospital na namin natagpuan kasi daw may sakit,” he said. Patay added that, Cam is scheduled for a spinal operation on Monday, May 3. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)


P4.7-M worth of shabu seized in Tawi-Tawi; 3 arrested

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 29, 2021

The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) have seized P4.7 million worth of methamphetamine or shabu during a joint operation in Tawi-Tawi. Three individuals were arrested.

The three arrested during the joint buy-bust operation on Wednesday (April 28) were identified as Hassan Anggie Hawaan, 30 years old, Mannan Nusuri Muhadi, 48 years old, and Mudzna Anggie Hawaan, 42 years old. All are residents of Pundohan, Brgy Simangal, Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi.

Confiscated from the suspect’s possession were around 700 grams of suspected shabu, with an estimated street value of P4.76 million; boodle money, identification cards, and two cellular phones. Suspects are now detained at Bongao Police Station for further investigation and filing of cases.

PNP Chief Police General Debold Sinas assured individuals proven to be selling or buying illegal drugs will be held accountable.

“The campaign against illegal drugs is an all-out, relentless battle that we intend to win. Peddlers, syndicates, and even those selling so-called party drugs will be put behind bars,” he said. AAC


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