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P90-M worth of shabu stuffed inside car mufflers seized

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

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

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LOOK: Passengers crowd NAIA after 6.1 quake shuts down Clark International Airport

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

A huge throng of passengers crowded the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Tuesday (April 23) after several flights were delayed due to the transfer of some flights from Clark International Airport to NAIA.

Clark International Airport has been shut down for 24 hours after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit Central Luzon on Monday (April 22).

📷 Rodel Lumiares | PVI

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Airport authorities brace for Lenten week exodus

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, April 15th, 2019

File photo | Ninoy Aquino International Airport

MANILA, Philippines – The number of passengers arriving at and departing from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals remains normal on Monday, according to the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).

The MIAA said that based on observation, the surge of passengers for the Lenten season is expected on April 17 or April 18 since most of the travelers still have work on Monday to Wednesday.

Although the airport terminal situation remains normal as of this time, The MIAA said that stringent security measures in preparation for the huge volume of passengers on Lenten break have already been implemented at NAIA terminals 1, 2, 3 and 4.

The agency said that its “Oplan Semana Santa 2019” has been imposed since April 7 and will last until April 27.

In line with the expected Lenten week exodus, the MIAA will implement tighter baggage inspection.

Departing passengers are also reminded not to include in their hand-carry luggage more than 100 milliliters (ML) of liquids, aerosol and gel (LAGs) in their flights to avoid confiscation at the final security check.

Bringing of pointed and bladed weapons is also prohibited.

Filing of vacation leave of airport personnel from April 7 to 27 were also cancelled, except for emergency situations.

The MIAA has also directed airline companies to add more personnel and check-in counters to avoid long queues of passengers. Help desks will also be set up to assist senior citizens, persons with disability (PWD) and other passengers who may need assistance.

The MIAA also coordinated with the Philippine National Police Aviation Security Group (PNP-AVSEGROUP) for the deployment of bomb and drug sniffing dogs while airport traffic personnel will assist the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in managing the traffic situation around the NAIA complex.

A two-minute waiting time in loading and unloading of passengers will also be strictly imposed along NAIA’s dropping points to avoid congestion.

Airport authorities also advised passengers to head to the airport earlier, at least three to four hours before their scheduled departure to avoid getting stuck in traffic and missing their flights. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Joan Nano)

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PDEA hits all-time high record haul of P5.27B worth of shabu in Q1

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Sunday, April 7th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has hit an all-time high record haul of 776 kilograms of shabu valued at P5.27 billion this first quarter of 2019.

This is the first time that the agency was able to confiscate such volume —the highest in the agency’s drug law enforcement history.

PDEA Director Aaron Aquino noted that the overall yield in the first quarter surpassed the combined volume of 672.42 kilograms (P4.58B) of shabu in the same period in 2009 and 2018 by 103.64 kilograms (P704.75M).

The PDEA director credited this accomplishment to the series of anti-drug operations in Cavite, Muntinlupa and Manila.

The agency was able to hold a total of 2,034 anti-drug operations and arrested 2,818 drug personalities for the period, also the highest in the agency’s overall record.

Aquino said this record is “an indication that we are conducting high-impact operation and hitting high-value targets.”

The agency, according to Aquino, remains focused on the implementation of all its anti-illegal drugs advocacies as well as strengthening its cooperation with foreign counterparts for the exchange of intelligence gathering.

— Marje Pelayo

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