P3M worth of illegal drugs seized in Baguio City

Marje Pelayo   •   August 27, 2021   •   247

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) reported the seizure of P3.031 million worth of illegal drugs in a joint operation in Baguio City on August 12, 2021.

The controlled delivery operation resulted in the arrest of an individual identified as Elisa Aguirre Millare.

According to NBI Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Director Eric Distor, the operation stemmed from the interception of a parcel by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

The said parcel was declared as bed sheets and shoes but upon inspection the parcel in fact contains 1,783 tablets of “ecstasy” or party drugs with an estimated street value of more than P1.3 million which was shipped by Fostina Obobo of Neuss, Germany and consigned to Joyce Annsan Antono of Baguio City.

NBI agents, together with members of the NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (IADITG), proceeded to Baguio City for a controlled delivery operation.

On August 11, 2021, the consignee was supposed to claim the subject parcel from Baguio Post Office but she didn’t arrive. Instead, she gave information that she would claim the said parcel at her residence in Bristle Ridge Residences.

Millare was arrested in front of Bristle Ridge Condominium in the act of handing down the parcel.

She was presented for inquest proceedings before the Office of the Prosecutor, Baguio City for violation of Section 4 (Importation of Dangerous Drugs) of R.A. 9165.

In addition, the consignee, Joyce Annsan Antono a.k.a Joyce Ann San Antonio (at-large) was also included in the charge.

DOJ, handang ilabas ang resulta ng imbestigasyon sa 300 drug war cases

Maris Federez   •   October 21, 2021

 

MANILA, Philppines — Handa ang Department of Justice na ilabas ang resulta ng kanilang imbestigasyon sa 300 case files ng anti-illegal drug war ng pamahalaan.

Ayon kay DOJ Usec. Adrian Sugay, hinihintay na lamang nila ang direktiba ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte hinggil sa pagsasapubliko ng kanilang report na kasalukuyan nang nasa tanggapan ng pangulo.

“Sa ngayon pinauubaya na namin sa kanya kamukha rin ng nangyari rito. Ang information table naman na ito ay merong direktiba ang Office of the President na i-release na ito,” ani Sugay.

“So kumbaga kung magkaroon rin kami ng direktiba doon sa unang report ire-release din namin,” dagdag niya.

Ayon pa sa opisyal, sunod na pagtutuunan nilang rebisahin ang mga war on drug case files sa urban areas sa bansa dahil may anim na libo pang natitira na kailangang tingnan.

Binigyang diin din ni Sugay na maaaring gamitin ng International Criminal Court (ICC) ang drug war matrix na inilabas ng DOJ bilang bahagi ng kanilang ebidensya.

“Ngayon, gusto nilang makuha ‘tong table na to, tong matrix na ‘to, kung gusto nila gamitin, nasa kanila iyon. Nasa ICC na yun,” aniya.

“Sabi ko nga already part of open source information kasi isinapubliko na ito. So it’s available to anybody who may be minded to look into this and to use this kung ano mang purposes ang gusto nila,” dagdag nito.

Samantala, iginiit ng Malakanyang na ang ginawang pagsasapubliko ng DOJ ng impormasyon kaugnay ng pagrepaso nito sa mga kaso ng war on drugs ay katunayang ginagampanan ng estado ang obligasyon nitong imbestigahan ang mga police operations na kinakitaan ng paglabag sa batas.

Ayon pa kay Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, patunay ito na hindi kinukunsinte ang mga tauhan ng pulisya na hindi gumaganap ng tama sa kanilang mga tungkulin.

Subalit ayon sa palasyo, hindi maisasapubliko ang resulta ng ginawang imbestigasyon ng DOJ sa tatlong daang kaso ng drug war killings dahil sa live criminal investigations na ito.

“On the contrary po no, ang decision ng DOJ proves na we are not soft kasi nga po kakasuhan yang 52. Yan po ang ibig sabihin nung sinabi ni Sec. (Menardo) Guevarra na nirefer nila for NBI for case building. Siyempre po kung kakasuhan, dapat matibay ang ebidensya,” ani Roque. —/mbmf (mula sa ulat ni UNTV Correspondent Dante Amento)

3 nabbed for illegal sale of COVID-19 drugs in Pasay

Robie de Guzman   •   October 5, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Three individuals accused of engaging in unauthorized selling of medicines used to treat novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were arrested in Pasay City, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said Tuesday.

NBI Officer-In-Charge (OIC) director Eric Distor identified the suspects as Karen Amero, Ronaldo Ceriola, and Erickson Soriano.

Distor said the NBI launched the operation after it received a request for investigation and possible entrapment operation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the alleged illegal sale of COVID-19 drugs such as Remdesivir, Tocilizumab, Baricitinib among others.

The medicines are allegedly being sold thru online platforms such as Facebook, Shopee, and Lazada.

According to FDA Advisory No. 2021-0759, Remdesivir is not approved by FDA for treatment of COVID-19 and has not been granted yet with Certificate of Product Registration (CPR). This means that the said medicine cannot be marketed commercially.

In addition, the use of Remdesivir for a limited amount and for a particular patient may only be allowed in hospitals or physicians who are granted with a Compassionate Special Permit (CSP).

The NBI said a test-buy conducted by FDA personnel on September 14, 2021 confirmed the unauthorized selling of Remdesivir by the suspects.

“After proper coordination with the concerned authorities, NBI-AGD operatives conducted the buy-bust operation on September 28, 2021 at the premises of Crestly Building located at Perla St., Pasay City resulting in the arrest of the subjects,” the agency said.

The NBI said that during the conduct of inspection, several medicines were found in the area with Ceriola and Soriano, who introduced themselves as delivery riders of LMCSL Trading.

Amero, who introduced herself as office manager of LMCSL Trading, resisted the arrest claiming that they have necessary license from FDA relative to the product they sell. She even proceeded to her unit located at the ground floor of Crestly Building to show her alleged license.

However, verification by the FDA revealed that it is the LMCSL Trading located at Caroyroyan, Pili, Camarines Sur has the existing License to Operate and not the one located at Crestly Building, Pasay City where the buy-bust operation took place.

Recovered from the suspects are various types of medicines including Ivirem-Remdesivir.

The suspects are facing charges for violation of Section 11(a), (j), and (k) of RA 3720 as amended by RA 9711 otherwise known as the Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009 and violation of Section 45(a) and (p) of RA 10918 otherwise known as the Philippine Pharmacy Act.

They are currently under the custody of NBI Detention Facility in Manila.

BOC seizes P7.5M worth of illegal drugs at NAIA concealed in clothes

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 30, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines—The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has seized a total of 1.1 kilos of methamphetamine that has a street value of ₱7,527,600  contained in two air parcels at a Fedex warehouse in Pasay City.

Covering importation documents show the seized air cargoes were all shipped from Malaysia.

According to the BOC, the parcels containing clothes, slippers, and food chips were subjected to physical examination after x-ray scanning yielded suspicious images.

Further investigation revealed a total of four plastics containing white crystalline substance concealed in t-shirts.

Authorities later confirmed and verified that the substance is methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu.

The seized illegal drugs are now under the custody of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for case profiling and build up against persons responsible.

Meanwhile, the BOC-NAIA said it will continue to intensify border protection efforts together with PDEA and partner agencies to stop proliferation of illegal drugs in the country. AAC

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