P90-M worth of shabu stuffed inside car mufflers seized

admin   •   February 12, 2019   •   2883


13 kilos of shabu worth P90 million

MANILA, Philippines — A shipment containing 13 kilos of shabu worth P90 million was intercepted at the DHL warehouse by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

The contraband was stuffed inside car mufflers and smuggled into the country from California.

The drug haul was turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on Tuesday (February 12).

Authorities declined to provide the name of the consignee but assured that criminal complaints against the party responsible for the shipment are currently being processed. — Nel Maribojoc

NAIA, ready for passenger exodus on “Undas”

Robie de Guzman   •   October 22, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) on Tuesday assured it is ready for the expected influx of passengers in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in the upcoming Undas season.

MIAA general manager Ed Monreal said they are all set for the implementation of the Oplan Biyang Ayos: Undas 2019 of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) starting this week.

The DOTr earlier ordered for the intensified activation of malasakit help desks in all transport hubs across the country for the Undas break.

Monreal said airline companies have agreed in their recent meeting that passengers should be at the NAIA at least three hours before the flight if traveling international, and two hours if traveling domestic.

However, Airlines were not discouraged to impose longer lead time for departure especially for those taking direct flights to America and Australia due to the added security measures now being implemented during check-in.

“When you only have 3-5 passengers who have not checked-in, close your other counters so the next user can opt to use it,” Monreal said in a statement.

He also urged airliners to make use of available counters earlier than the standard occupancy schedule of three hours before departure time.

“As compared to processing your passengers altogether when you open at the appointed time, we can somehow ease the queuing situation at the immigration if you are able to process passengers who are already there waiting ahead of 3 hours,” he said.

The airport chief also suggested to airline companies to process passengers with bags at the check-in counters instead of using kiosks to shorten the boarding procedure.

Monreal also reminded local flight carriers using Terminal 3 to monitor the availability of bus gates to direct passengers where to go.

Use of bus gates is a method of boarding and disembarking where passengers are transported through a bus to and from an aircraft.

Airline companies, on the other hand, assured they have prepared improved plans for Undas and the coming holiday season to hasten the boarding process of passengers, especially in immigration airport booths.

Arrested Iranian beauty queen requests asylum in Phl

Maris Federez   •   October 21, 2019

Iranian beauty queen Bahareh Zare Bahari

MANILA, Philippines – The Iranian beauty queen who got arrested by the Bureau of Immigration at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) last Thursday (Oct. 17) is now seeking asylum in the country.

Bahareh Zare Bahari claims her life will be in danger if she is going to be sent back to Iran for breaking the country’s tradition by joining beauty pageants.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) will review Bahari’s request if she is qualified for asylum in the country.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said they will verify the veracity of Bahari’s claim of being a victim of persecution in Iran.

“The main criterion is the existence or non-existence of political persecution in her home country,” said Guevarra.

The department will also put into consideration the reason for her arrest and other related details.

Bahari’s arrest at the NAIA was brought about by an Interpol red notice of an assault case filed against the beauty queen in Iran.

The said assault to a fellow Iranian, however, purportedly took place in the Philippines.

The DOJ will also determine if an Iranian court has jurisdiction over the said case.

“We’ll consider all relevant factors,” Guevarra added.

To date, Bahari is still under the custody of the BI at the NAIA.

Bahari is Iran’s representative to the 2018 Miss Intercontinental Pageant that was held in Manila in January this year. (from the report of Aiko Miguel) /mbmf

Over P500M worth of suspected shabu intercepted in Samar

Robie de Guzman   •   October 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – More than P500 million worth of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride (locally known as shabu) was intercepted by authorities at a checkpoint in Gandara town in Samar on Thursday.

Operatives from the Philippines National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) seized the illegal drugs which were contained in 44 plastic packs, weighing more than 88 kilograms.

Authorities said the contraband was intercepted from two vehicles that were stopped at a checkpoint at Barangay Buñagan.

“During the checkpoint, mayroong nakalagay sa trunk, may nakalagay sa back seat… Medyo suspicious ‘yung action nung may bag sa likuran,” Eastern Visaysa Police Director Brigadier General Dionardo Carlos said.

The operation yielded the arrest of five suspects, including a pregnant woman, and the rescue of one minor.

Suspects presented to the media claimed they do not know each other, adding that they were just given instructions through a cellphone call to drive the vehicles and leave it when they reached the specified destination.

They were allegedly promised to receive P20,000 each after the transaction but they claimed to have not known about the identity of their client.

Drug-related charges are being readied against the suspects. — RRD (with details from Correspondent Jennelyn Gaquit-Valles)

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