Notorious drug pusher, 3 others arrested in Manila drug bust

admin   •   August 9, 2018   •   4858

Four men were arrested in a buy-bust operation conducted by the Manila Police District in Paras Street, Pandacan, Manila around 9pm Wednesday.

Target of the operation was 18-year old Reynaldo Punzalan, a suspected drug pusher and resident of the area.

According to Police Senior Inspector Pidencio Saballo,Jr., a neighbor tipped the Pandacan Police Station that Punzalan was selling shabu in their area.

“Notorious na tulak daw po ito kasi ang tatay, ang nanay nito, kasalukuyang nakakulong at siya ay inirereklamo palagi ‘nung mga kapitbahay niya. So, siguro, itong kaptibahay niya, hindi na nakatiis. Nagsumbong na sa atin through text message,” PSInsp. Saballo said

(He is a notorious pusher whose parents are both in jail. His neighbors are always complaining about him. Maybe they got fed up and decided to text us.)

Authorities immediately arrested Punzalan after a poseur-buyer was able to purchase shabu from the suspect, .

Three other men who are believed to be customers of the suspect were also arrested.

Twelve sachets of suspected shabu were seized from the suspects.

Punzalan admitted to selling shabu which he said he sources from an alias Obet and alias Orlan — both residents of Mandaluyong City.

PSInsp. Saballo explained, “Ang area nila, dito sa Kahilong sa Pandacan. Marami silang parokyano. Malakas din silang makaubos ng shabu sa isang araw. Minsan, nakaka-order siya sa kinukuhanan niya ng dalawang beses sa isang araw.”

(Their area is in Kahilong, Pandacan where they have lots of customers. They can finish selling everything in one day. At times, they have to order from their supplier twice in one day.)

A follow-up operation is now being conducted by the authorities to pursue other contacts of Punzalan in the operation.

The arrested suspects are currently in the custody of MPD Station 10 and will face charges for violating Republic Act 9165 or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. — Asher Cadapan, Jr.

P3M suspected shabu seized in Taguig buy-bust

Robie de Guzman   •   September 12, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – More than P3 million worth of suspected shabu (crystal meth) was seized by authorities in a buy-bust operation conducted in Taguig City, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said Thursday (Sept 12).

PDEA said the illegal drugs, weighing half a kilogram with an estimated value of P3.4 million, was confiscated from two drug suspects identified as Aijo Dinglasan Akaoka alias Noel and Christian Reyes Aguilar.

Also recovered from the suspects were sets of identification cards and two mobile phones that were used in their transactions.

PDEA said they launched the buy-bust operation at the village of Ususan at past 5 p.m. Wednesday after several days of surveilling the suspects’ activities.

Arrested suspects will face charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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MPD arrests, presents to media fixer at Universidad de Manila

Maris Federez   •   September 6, 2019

Manila mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso has presented to the media the alleged fixer who was caught asking money from a student in exchange for a guaranteed slot at the Universidad de Manila, a state-run university.

The 59-year-old suspect was identified as Celso Dimanlig whom the Manila Police District – Special Mayor’s Response Team arrested in Paco, Manila on Tuesday.

The parents of the incoming Grade 11 student reported to the police after the suspect asked for P11,000 from their child in exchange for a guaranteed enrolment at the Universidad de Manila.

“Ang UdM at PLM ay para lang (sa) mahihirap na bata [The UdM and the PLM are dedicated for poor children],” the angry Moreno said in front of the members of the media, adding, “itong (inaudible) ito, mahirap na nga, ginagatasan pa [and this (inaudible) person, would make these poor people his milking cow.”

Mayor Isko reminded the public that, “wala po kayong dapat bayaran para lang makapasok sa PLM at makapasok sa UdM. Libre po ‘yan [there is nothing for you to pay so you can study at PLM or UdM. They’re free].

The suspect will be facing robbery extortion and estafa cases.

Meanwhile, the mayor also presented to the media on Thursday the city’s three most wanted persons.

Two of them were suspects in robbery, while the other one is a suspect in a murder case.

Moreno enjoined those who are in Manila’s wanted list to surrender.

“Sumuko na lang po kayo at harapan ninyo sa husgado ang akusasyong inihain sa inyo [Just surrender and face the accusations filed against you before the judge.” (with details from Harlene Delgado) /mbmf

Manila Police arrests 10 foreign workers in Malate bar

Robie de Guzman   •   August 29, 2019

📷 MPD SMaRT

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila Police on Wednesday night arrested ten foreign nationals who were allegedly working at a bar in Malate without proper permits.

Nine Russian nationals and one Kazakhstan national were nabbed after members of the Manila Police District-Special Mayor’s Reaction Team (MPD-SMaRT) raided Sha-Sha Club along San Andres corner Adriatico Streets around 9:40 p.m.

MPD chief Police Brigadier General Vicente Danao Jr. said they apprehended the foreigners after they were found to be working as “entertainers” at the bar without working visa.

Danao said the arrested individuals will be facing charges for violation of Article H, Section 98 (Professional Occupation Tax) and Article E, Section 138 (Health Certificate) in connection of the Section 199 in the 2013 Omnibus Revenue Code of the City of Manila.

The establishment will also be penalized for failing to comply with the necessary permits as provided for under the 2013 Omnibus Revenue Code of the City of Manila.

The foreign nationals have been brought to the MPD SMaRT office for proper disposition.

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