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P275-million shabu seized during buy-bust ops in Alabang

Thursday, 05 May 2016 00:00 Published in Metro

Three Taiwanese were arrested and 55 kilograms of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu were seized during a police buy-bust operation at the posh Ayala Alabang Village in Muntinlupa City early morning yesterday.

Director Joel Pagdilao, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief, identified the three arrested foreigners as Pong Jun, 19, Chen Hu Min, 27, and Eugene Chong, 24, all Taiwanese.
Pagdilao said the three initially yielded 25 kilograms of shabu during the buy-bust operation launched by elements of the NCRPO-Regional Anti-Illegal Drugs-Special Operations Task Group at No. 325 Tamarind Drive, Ayala Alabang Village at around 1:15 a.m.
Further checking at the suspects’ residence resulted in the discovery of more or less 30 kilograms of shabu and various chemicals and materials used in the manufacture of the illegal drugs.
Pagdilao said the NCRPO-RAID-SOTG and Crime Laboratory chemists immediately conducted inventory of the seized shabu.
According to Pagdilao, the seized illegal drugs have an estimated street value of P275 million.
He said the drug sting was part of the NCRPO’s intensified campaign against the proliferation of illegal drugs in Metro Manila.

PNP official sacked for warning election cheats

Wednesday, 04 May 2016 00:00 Published in Metro

After airing a stern warning against election cheats in his Facebook account, a senior official of the Philippine National Police (PNP) was relieved of his post yesterday.

In his Facebook post, Chief Supt. Ronald de la Rosa, commander of Reactionary Standby Support Force (RSSF), warned those who are out to rig the May 9 presidential elections that he has 5,000 policemen at his disposal as RSSF chief.
“I am the Brigade Commander of the PNP-RSSF composed of 8 battalions close to 5,000 personnel based in Camp Crame,” De la Rosa posted.
The RSSF was activated by the PNP leadership primarily as standby force ready for deployment for the national elections.
“Kayong mga mangdadaya at mangliligalig ngayong May 9 elections, humanda na kayo! WE WILL CRUSH YOU!!! Kung sa binisaya pa LIGSAN TA MO!!!” he added.
De la Rosa comes from Davao and he previously served as Davao City police chief.
Chief Supt. Elmo Francis Sarona replaced De la Rosa effective yesterday.
The PNP high command maintained that De la Rosa’s relief as RSSF chief was not because of his Facebook post.
Deputy Director General Danilo Constantino, PNP deputy chief for administration, said De la Rosa was assigned to handle orientation and seminar to Camp Crame personnel regarding their election duties being the executive officer of the PNP-Human Resource and Doctrine Development.
Constantino, however, said the PNP leadership will look into De la Rosa’s post.
The PNP’s No. 2 man also reiterated PNP Director General Ricardo Marquez’s guidance for all members of the 150,000-strong organization to remain apolitical.
Marquez had previously said the PNP high command will immediately relieve police commanders who would be partisan in the coming polls.
However, the PNP is yet to act on the reported meeting of four ranking officials allegedly with a staff member of Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas last April 5 at the Novotel in Quezon City.
Although Marquez ordered Director Generoso Cerbo, Chief Supt. Bernardo Diaz, Chief Supt. Ranier Idio and Chief Supt. Ronald Santos to explain after their reported meeting with Thea Faith Reyes, a staff member of Roxas.
Also sighted during the meeting was retired PNP Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo Jr., a known Roxas and LP supporter.
The four are members of the Philippine Military Academy Maharlika Class of 1984 which has Roxas as honorary member.

6 dead, 11 injured as van falls into Quezon ravine

Tuesday, 03 May 2016 00:00 Published in Nation

At least six people died while 11 others were injured after the van they were riding fell into a ravine in Quirino Province yesterday.
Chief Insp. Avelino Cuntapay, community relations officer of the Quirino provincial police, said that the accident happened at around 2:30 a.m. while the victims were traversing a zigzag portion of the national road in Maddela town.
Cuntapay said that the victims were aboard a van with licensed plate numbers BVU-145, driven by Edgar Taccaban, when they fell into a 50-meter deep ravine along Barangay Ysmael.
The accident occurred along the mountainous portion of the said village and near the Disimungal Bridge.
Cuntapay said that five of the passengers died on the spot — three males and two females, while 12 others were rushed to the Quirino Provincial Medical Center in Cabarroguis for treatment.
However, one of those brought to the hospital expired.
Cuntapay said that investigation is now ongoing to determine the cause of the accident.

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