Sotto: Duterte’s transfer of power to Robredo possible

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 29, 2019   •   978

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)

Mark Villar leads senatorial survey

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Former Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) secretary Mark Villar is the top pick among senatorial bets in the 2022 elections, according to a survey by the RP-Mission and Development Foundation Inc. (RPMD).

Villar stepped down as the department secretary to vie for a senatorial seat under the Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino-Laban’s (PDP-Laban) senatorial slate led by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi.

The survey, conducted from October 17 to 27, 2021, showed Villar as the top candidate for senator followed by radio and television personality Raffy Tulfo with voters’ preference of  53.5 percent and 53.1 percent rating, respectively. Sorsogon Governor Francis Escudero followed the top 2 with 48.9 percent.

Making it to the top 7 to 12 are Taguig Representative Alan Peter Cayetano with 48.5 percent voter’s preference, Antique Representative Loren Legarda with 48.2 percent and former vice president Jejomar Binay with 37.4 percent. Also making it to the top 12 are Former senator Jinggoy Estrada (35.1 percent), senator Sherwin Gatchalian (34.6 percent), Juan Miguel Zubiri (33.5 percent), senator Risa Hontiveros (30.2 percent), former Quezon City mayor Herbert Bautista (29.1 percent) and Sen. Joel Villanueva (28.7 percent).

Meanwhile, placing in the top 13 to 16 are senator Richard Gordon (28.3 percent), former senator Joseph Victor Estrada Ejercito (27.5 percent), former representative Gilbert Teodoro (26.2 percent) and former senator Gringo Honasan (25.8 percent).

The non-commissioned survey is part of the presidential and vice-presidential survey series “RPMD- Halalan 2022” and used face-to-face interviews nationwide with 10,000 registered voters as respondents. AAC

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

Over P2.7M worth of illegal drugs seized in Brgy. Baclaran, Parañaque City

Marje Pelayo   •   September 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) reported on Thursday (September 23) that over P2.7-million worth of illegal drugs were seized in an operation held on September 21 in Barangay Baclaran, Parañaque City.

According to a report submitted to NCRPO Chief Pmgen Vicente Danao Jr, police elements were able to intercept and arrest the suspect identified as Joey S. De Leon, from Dimasalang St, Pasay City.

He was caught engaging in illegal drug trade in front of The Original Seafood Building along Market Roxas Boulevard, Service Road North Bound, in Barangay Baclaran.

Recovered from the suspect were the following pieces of evidence:

-a piece medium tied transparent plastic containing white crystalline substance of suspected shabu which was the subject of sale;
-two medium tied transparent plastic containing white crystaline substance of suspected shabu;
-seven pieces heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet each containing white crystalline substance of suspected shabu weighing a total weight of more or less 379 grams with a total street value of P2,577,200;
-a piece of genuine P1,000 bill on top of three pieces of buy-bust money;
a piece coin purse color brown; and
-a shoe box.

The seized illegal drug items were turned over to the Southern Police District Crime Laboratory for chemical analysis while a case for violation of RA 9165 of the The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 is being prepared against the arrested suspect.


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