PNP seizes P2.7-B worth of shabu in Makati

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 27, 2019   •   1474

The Philippine National Police (PNP) seized around 371 kilos or P2.7 billion worth of suspected drugs in Makati City on Tuesday night (November 26).

Authorities also arrested Chinese national Liu Chao.

Stacks of dog food packs printed with Chinese characters were found by the PNP Drug Enforcement Unit during their raid in an apartment unit in Barangay San Antonio, Makati.

PNP officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa said they have been conducting surveillance on the suspect for two weeks.

“With a series of test buys conducted, they are convinced na may laman (the packs contain drugs). So they offered a bigger amount and kumagat naman siya (he took the bait)” he said.

Gamboa said this is one of the largest shabu hauls this year. He also encouraged the public to report suspicious individuals.

Meanwhile, authorities are currently investigating the suspect’s cohorts and who are his customers.—AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis)

P1.1 million worth of shabu seized in Taguig City

Robie de Guzman   •   January 13, 2022

MANILA, Philippines — Around P1.1 million worth of illegal drugs were confiscated in a series of operations in Taguig City, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Thursday.

In a statement, the PNP said police operatives conducted four successive operations, led by the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Tuesday, January 11.

Initial report revealed that a tricycle driver identified as Halil Abo, 26, was arrested after two heat-sealed plastic sachets of shabu worth P173,400.00 were found in his possession.

An hour after, elements of the NCR Drug Enforcement Unit conducted a separate buy-bust operation leading to the confiscation of P515,440 worth of illegal drug and the arrests of drug suspects, Wynlove Buco, 38, and Eusebio Bahia Jr.,43.

Taguig City police also arrested 44-year old Raffy Lumenda, who was found with illegal drugs with a street value of P345,440.00.

Two individuals, identified as Alvin Co, 36, and Jessie Christopher Cruz, 38, were also nabbed for illegal drugs along MLQ St., Purok 5, Brgy. Lower Bicutan, Taguig City in another anti-illegal drugs operation conducted on the same day. Confiscated items were packs of suspected shabu worth P76,160.00.

PNP chief Police General Dionardo Carlos lauded police officers involved in the operation.

“Successive operations in a day—this is a feat. I thank the dedication of the police units involved. This huge amount of illegal drugs must be reflective of the network of narcotic operations that may be behind these cases,” he said.

“The next step is to identify the big fish,” he added.

Makati subway project to get tax incentives – DOF

Robie de Guzman   •   November 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The rail operations of the Makati City Subway project will be granted a four-year income tax holiday followed by five years of enhanced deductions and duty exemption on importation for the construction, operation, management, and maintenance of the project, the Department of Finance (DOF) said Monday.

In a statement, the DOF said the Fiscal Incentives Review Board (FIRB) has approved the grant of tax incentives for the P81-billion Makati City subway project, which is expected to begin commercial operations in January 2026.

 The DOF said the board approved the tax incentive grant last month.

“In deciding to approve the project, the FIRB took into consideration the projected increase in economic productivity of P24.4 billion per year once the subway system becomes operational in 2026,” the DOF said.

“This will be monitored, along with the other projected benefits, in accordance with the principle of granting incentives based on merit or performance embodied in the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE) Law,” it added.

Finance chief Carlos Dominguez, however, clarified that this package of incentives is confined only to the activity applied for, which is the rail operation.

“The incentives approved will not apply to the other business activities that would be generated from the subway operations, such as the lease of retail areas and advertising, which should be subject to the regular corporate income tax rate and other applicable taxes,” the DOF said.

The subway project is seen to help ease traffic congestion by providing an alternative transport service to up to 700,000 commuters, and reducing the volume of vehicles plying the city streets.

Throughout the deliberations for the project, Dominguez also said that the Makati City government and the Department of Transportation should work out the details of how to connect the proposed subway to the Metro Manila Subway project of the national government, the DOF said.

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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