P58M worth of shabu seized in joint buy-bust operation

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 21, 2021   •   1008

MANILA, Philippines — Around 8.533 kilograms of shabu estimated to worth P58,024,000 was seized in a joint buy-bust operation in Imus, Cavite on June 19, 2021.

Five suspects were arrested during the operation and were identified as Tamano Daud, 41 years old; Ismael Daud, 24 years old; Norma Maguid, 36 years old; Omar Redia, 42 years old.

The operation was launched by the Manila Police District (MPD) Drug Enforcement Unit, in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Cavite Provincial Police Office and Imus Municipal Police Station.

“It was revealed that the suspects were members of the Tamano Drug Group distributing illegal drugs in Metro Manila, Quezon City and Rizal Province linked to Montessir Sabal,” according to MPD chief Police Brigadier General Leo Francisco said.

The following pieces of evidence were seized in the operation:

a. 13 pcs heat sealed transparent plastic sachets with white crystalline substance believed to be shabu
b. several pcs of colored plastics with white crystalline substance believed to be shabu
c. 10 pcs 1000 bill utilized as buy bust money
d. 40 pcs 1000 bill utilized as boodle money
e. 1 Glock 17 9mm pistol
f. 1 Kosnor London Chrome cal 45 pistol
g. several magazines and ammunitions of different caliber
h. drug paraphernalia

Francisco said these suspects were arrested for violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act or Republic Act No. 9165 during the buy-bust operation. They will also be charged with illegal possession of firearms and ammunition. AAC

PNP seizes P9M worth of suspected shabu in Taguig

Robie de Guzman   •   June 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — More than P9 million worth of suspected shabu were seized by authorities in an operation in Taguig City, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Tuesday.

PNP chief General Guillermo Eleazar said the illegal drugs were confiscated after police officers from Taguig City Police Station 6 accosted two individuals for not wearing face masks on Sunday.

Eleazar said the suspects, identified as Jemboy Pascual and Eskak Kamsa, suddenly ran away when policemen approached and reminded them to wear their face masks.

When police caught them, the two were discovered to be carrying 27 pieces of heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing 1.350 kilograms of suspected shabu worth P9,180,000.

They also had with them P10,000 cash and a weighing scale, the PNP said.

“I commend the Taguig City Police for confiscating and removing this huge volume of illegal drugs from the streets,” Eleazar said.

“Nakita ko rin na ginagawa nila ang kanilang tungkulin sa pagroronda na nagbunga sa pagkakaaresto ng dalawang suspek,” he added.

The PNP said the suspects were brought to the Taguig City Police Station’s Drug Enforcement Unit for proper investigation and disposition.

They will be charged with violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 in the City Prosecutor’s Office, it added.

Another coral garden discovered in Maragondon, Cavite

Marje Pelayo   •   June 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The country has yet another natural treasure discovered in the waters of Cavite that is connected to Manila Bay.

Members of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and volunteer divers were having a clean up drive, “scubasurero” and seagrass monitoring activity in Barangay Patungan in Cavite when they accidentally discovered another coral garden coinciding with the celebration of World Environment Day.

“Recently lang po last June 5, na-discover din po namin na meron din pong coral garden sa Cove ng Barangay Patungan sa Maragondon,” said Andrea Panganiban of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Cavite.

Panganiban said the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is currently conducting an assessment on the said coral garden.

On June 15, PENRO Cavite held another “scubasurero” activity in Maragondon and Ternate in Cavite where they installed marker buoys within the area covering the newly discovered coral garden and within the Maragondon Fish Sanctuary.

It can be recalled that on May 17, over 169 square kilometers of coral garden was discovered at the core zone of Ternate Marine Park within the vicinity of Barangay Sapang Uno and Barangay Bucana.

“Ang nangyari po noon, kami po ay nasa project na maglalagay ng marker buoys para palatandaan kung hanggang saan po ang boundary ng ating core zone upang mabigyan ng impormasyon ang ating mga mangingisda na hindi sila pwedeng pumasok doon. Then kasama po natin sa paglalagay ang mga volunteer divers po natin na gusto nilang makatulong sa pagdodokumento ang proseso po ang ating proyekto,” Panganiban said.

“Nung natapos po natin iyon, nag-scout sila sa ilalim ng dagat. At ayun nga po nadiscover na meron pa tayong napakagandang coral garden sa core zone natin,” she added.

The coral garden measures about 20 meters away from the shoreline of Caylabne and approximately 26 meters in depth.

These new discoveries will contribute greatly to the province’s tourism industry.

“Kasi kung io-open po ito as diving site at kung i-offer po ito as a tourist destination ng management board, magkakaroon po ito ng magandang epekto. Malaki pong potensyal ang lugar pag na-open po siya sa turismo. Magkakaroon po ng pagtaas ng pagkita ng mga mamamayan doon aside from that matutulungan po ang ating community ng fisherfolk na kumita na hindi na nila kailangan magextract sa dagat.” Panganiban noted.

“Posible rin na mabawasan ang mga ilegal fishing sa area dahil sila na mismo ang mangangalaga sa lugar dahil iyon ay pinagkakakitaan na nila,” she added.

PENRO Cavite calls on the public to properly manage disposal of waste in their areas to prevent water pollution.

“Sa lahat ng mga mamamayan na nakapaligid po sa Manila Bay, isakatuparan lang po natin ang tamang pagtatapon ng basura dahil ang basura po na nagmumula sa taas yan po ay napupunta sa dagat,” Panganiban said.

“Kahit po mga simpleng pagtatapon ng balat ng candy, malaking katulungan po iyan sa atin na hindi na mapupunta pa sa dagat,” she added reminding the public to observe safety health protocols to fully experience safe and fun travel in the new normal.

DOTr eyes ‘Libreng Sakay’ program in Cavite

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is eyeing to launch its ‘Libreng Sakay’ program in Cavite.

During the inauguration of the new district office of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Imus City on Wednesday (May 12), DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said the department is looking into launching free transportation to essential workers, frontliners and authorized persons outside residence (APORs).

He further assured continuous construction works on vital infrastructure projects in Cavite, including the much-anticipated LRT-1 Cavite Extension Project.

“Ipagtutulakan ko na matapos ang mga istraktura at istasyon ng partial operability section ng LRT-1 Cavite Extension bago matapos ang termino ng Pangulo,” Secretary Tugade said.

(I will make sure that the LRT-1 Cavite Extension will be on partial operability before the term of the President [Duterte] ends.)

Meanwhile, The DOTr continues to upgrade and build new LTO offices nationwide to provide better service to the public.

Since 2016, the department has added 132 LTO extension offices, district offices, licensing centers, and driver’s license renewal offices, including the new office in Imus, Cavite.

 

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