P3.4M worth of suspected shabu seized in Antipolo
ANTIPOLO CITY, Philippines – Operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Philippine National Police (PNP) seized over P3 million worth of suspected shabu in Barangay Mayamot, Antipolo City Wednesday night.
The suspect, identified as Emilio Dugan, 39, is a resident of Viga, Catanduanes.
Authorities were able to trap Dugan through a poser-buyer. However, Dugan’s cohort was able to escape.
“Hawak talaga ng isang operatiba natin iyong kasama niya. Noong humarang siya, (palibahasa) malaking tao, nakatakbo. Siya iyong naiwan,” recalled Agent Robert Sebastian.
Seized from Dugan were three plastic bags of suspected shabu weighing 500g and valued at around P3.4M, along with a cellular phone and the marked money.
Dugan denied involvement in illegal drug trade.
“May nagpabibit lang sa akin nung bag. May inutos lang po na dalhin doon sa loob ng aramis. Negative po, hindi po ako gumagamit,” he argued.
The suspect will face charges for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act while authorities launch a massive manhunt against his accomplice. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Jennica Cruz)
Mayor Isko, Ong test negative for illegal drugs
MANILA, Philippines — Presidential aspirant Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso was found negative for illegal drug use after undergoing tests at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) National Headquarters in Quezon City Thursday morning.
Mayor Isko’s running mate, Doc Willie Ong also took the test and was also found negative for illegal substance use.
The result of the tests showed that urine specimens collected from Domagoso and Ong do “not contain methamphetamine, MDMA, cocaine, and their metabolites, as well as THC metabolite.”
Mayor Isko’s drug testing, as well as that of other presidential and vice-presidential bets in the 2022 national and local elections, was prompted by the allegation of President Rodrigo Duterte of a cocaine-user presidential candidate. —/mbmf
LRT-2 East Extension to begin operations on July 6
MANILA, Philippines—The Light Rail Transit 2 (LRT-2) East Extension will begin operations on July 6, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced Thursday (July 1) at the inauguration of the project.
The transportation department, in a statement, said commuters will now experience a swifter, comfortable and convenient train ride experience, as the travel time from and to Recto, Manila and Antipolo, Rizal will just be 40 minutes from the current three hours via land transport.
The LRT-2 Extension also aims to reduce traffic along Marcos Highway, especially in Marikina, Pasig and Antipolo.
Trains on the line running from Recto Station in Manila to the Antipolo Station have also been increased to eight from the previous five trains that run from Recto Station to the Santolan Station.
The rail line can now accommodate an additional 80,000 passengers daily, further increasing the rail line’s average daily passenger capacity from 240,000 to 320,000 passengers.
Moreover, at least 1,800 jobs were also generated during the construction of the LRT-2 East Extension Project. The DOTr also projects that 170 rail personnel will be employed to work at the two new stations. AAC
LRT-2 extension to begin operations on June 23
MANILA, Philippines — The Light Rail Transit-2 (LRT-2) Antipolo Station is set to operate on June 23, Antipolo City Mayor Andrea Ynares announced Thursday.
In her official Facebook post, Ynares said there will be a soft opening on June 22 but the Antipolo and Marikina Stations will be operational on June 23. With the LRT-2 East extension, travel time to and from Recto, Manila is expected to shorten.
The LRT-2 Management also posted the fare matrix for the LRT-2 East Extension stations.
Fare from Recto terminal station to Antipolo terminal station and vice versa will only cost P30.00 for Single Journey Tickets and P28.00 for Stored Value Cards. Fare from Recto terminal station to Marikina station and vice versa will also cost P30.00 for Single Journey Tickets while Stored Value Card will cost P26.00. AAC