Sotto: Duterte’s transfer of power to Robredo possible

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 29, 2019   •   397

FILE PHOTO: The first meeting of Vice President Leni Robredo and President Rodrigo Duterte after their inauguration on a military ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, July 01, 2016. (Office of the Vice President)

Senators on Tuesday (October 29) said it is possible for President Rodrigo Duterte to transfer powers to Vice President Leni Robredo for six months to lead the administration’s war on drugs.

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Senate President Vicente Sotto III said it is best for Robredo to be appointed as the chair of Dangerous Drug Board (DDB) and concurrent Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

“If it’s a serious proposal, it’s best if the VP is appointed as DDB chair and concurrent PDEA Director General,” he said.

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, meanwhile, said the president’s proposal only shows how serious the administration is in its anti-drug war campaign.

Meanwhile, Senator Panfilo Lacson also said it is possible for Duterte to transfer power to Robredo.

“Only the President can wield sufficient authority and power over our law enforcement officials. Unless he delegates a blanket authority, including the power to hire and fire, no one else in the government bureaucracy can do it better than the chief executive under any other given circumstances,” he said.—AAC (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

Two suspects nabbed for selling injectable shabu online

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 20, 2020

Two men were arrested by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) after they were caught selling illegal drugs in Mandaluyong City on Thursday (February 20).

A member of PDEA posed as a buyer and, after confirming the illegal activity, authorities arrested Mark Kenneth San Juan and Jeffrey Saclao.

Authorities seized 26 syringes of suspected liquid shabu with an estimate of P52,000. They also seized one sachet of suspected shabu worth around P13,600.

According to PDEA Spokesperson Derrick Carreon, the suspects are also selling drugs online based on their social media accounts.

Carreon also said the suspects target the youth using social media. He also warned about the negative effects of using drugs.

“So, maaari po talagang mangyari sa inyo ang mga hindi kanais-nais na mga bagay apart from the fact na it leads to (Bad things can happen to you apart from the fact that it leads to) the spread of several infectious diseases,” he said.

PDEA has taken custody of the two suspects and will face charges for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. —AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Espenido to face probe for speaking out on drug list inclusion

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 19, 2020

Police Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will conduct an investigation on Police Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido for speaking out on his inclusion in the drug watchlist.

PNP Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa said that he will handle the issue internally.

“Leave it to us. It’s purely an internal issue. I will deal with Espenido squarely as the Chief PNP and he being a member of the PNP,” he said.

Gamboa said that the PNP has a general instruction to over 300 policemen included in the narco list to remain mum on the issue especially when the adjudication process is still ongoing.

Espenido, on Tuesday (February 18), denied his involvement in drugs and said that there was a failure in the intel on the drug watchlist.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Gamboa: 15 cops on Duterte’s narcolist consider optional retirement

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 12, 2020

PNP PBGen. Chief Archie Gamboa

The Philippine National Police (PNP) PBGen. Chief Archie Gamboa has announced that 15 cops listed on President Rodrigo Duterte’s narcolist are considering “optional retirement”.

The PNP chief said the “optional retirement” is to ease the process of validating illegal drug involvement of over 300 cops under the narcolist.

Ang purpose naman natin bakit tayo nago-offer ng optional retirement para hindi na mahirapan ang PNP. Pero once na mag-start na ang proseso, (The purpose of offering optional retirement is to spare the PNP from further hassle. But once we begin the process) then we will not accept any more optional retirements,” Gamboa said.

Gamboa already extended the deadline until Thursday (February 13) for the other policemen on the narcolist to file for optional retirement.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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