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China-PH partnership versus drugs taking shape

Top anti-narcotics officials in Fujian, China will be arriving in the Philippines to discuss with their police counterparts measures on how to contain the movement of Chinese drug lords supplying illegal drugs in the country. Director-General Ronald dela Rosa, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said the reason why Chinese anti-narcotics officials are all coming from Fujian province is that most of the drug lords supplying illegal drugs and setting up shabu laboratories in the Philippines come from that Chinese province. In fact, he said the two suspected Chinese operators of a dismantled shabu laboratory in Cauayan City in Isabela who were killed in police operations on Sunday were both from Fujian.

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US Embassy’s CCTV video included in probe on Oct. 19 dispersal

The United States Embassy has provided a copy of the video footage of the October 19 violent protest dispersal outside its premises, which was highlighted by a police vehicle ramming protesters. Deputy Director General Benjamin Magalong, Philippine National Police (PNP) deputy chief for operations, said the video footage from a CCTV camera of the U.S. Embassy is among the ones being reviewed for investigators to come up with a clear picture of the ramming incident. “The investigation of the CIDG (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group) is ongoing... they are now reviewing video footages that they obtained and in fact they also obtained video footage from the U.S. Embassy,” said Magalong. Magalong said CIDG investigators have also interviewed two dozens of police personnel who were among those deployed during the protest action. But the number is expected …

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‘i-Serbis’ app aims to coax gun owners to get licenses

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has launched a new mobile application to provide information about the various frontline services of the police force, including instructions for securing police clearances and gun licenses. Director General Ronald dela Rosa, PNP chief, said the i-Serbis app provides details on all the processes and documentary requirements such as securing police clearance and in gun licensing before actually proceeding to police camps. Dela Rosa said this would help speed up transactions as the public can avoid congesting the police offices unprepared. He also envisions the i-Serbis to help encourage gun owners to apply for or renew their gun licenses. “I am optimistic that through this system, gun owners would be encouraged to apply for the License to Owns and Possess Firearms and firearms registration.” Hector Rodriguez, president of the Association …

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ASEAN cop chiefs laud PH-style war on drugs

Leaders of police forces in Southeast Asia are happy with the Philippine style of waging its all-out war against illegal drugs. “I would like to inform you that all other chiefs of police, mostly coming from the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asia Nations) countries, they are all very happy with what we are doing right now,” said Director-General Ronald dela Rosa, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP). Dela Rosa was in Thailand for a three-day activity in celebration of the Royal Thai Police. He arrived Sunday with a former rookie cop who went into hiding in Thailand for 10 years for involvement in the kidnapping for ransom with homicide case. Dela Rosa narrated his conversation with the chief of police of Thailan whom he said could not help but reminisce the time of …

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PNP, traders tackle firecracker safety issues

Philippine National Police (PNP) officials met yesterday with manufacturers and retailers of fireworks and firecrackers following an explosion at a Bocaue, Bulacan pyrotechnics shop that left two people dead last week. PNP spokesperson Senior Supt. Dionardo Carlos said the meeting touched on measures and policies to prevent the repeat of the lethal blast that likewise destroyed at least 10 establishments and 10 vehicles. “There were issues and concerns discussed during the meeting,” said Carlos, adding that it was the PNP, though the Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO), which organized the meeting. Among those who participated in the meeting were representatives from Philippine Fireworks Association and Philippine Pyrotechnics Manufacturers and Dealers Association. Carlos said the meeting focused on safety measures that should be further strengthened to prevent accidents. The demand for firecrackers and pyrotechnics are expected …

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De Lima accused as beneficiary of E. Visayas drug lord

Senator Leila de Lima faces another drug-related suit, this time from the chief of police in Albuera, Leyte who accuse her of taking huge sums of money from the suspected top drug lord in Eastern Visayas while still secretary of justice. De Lima reportedly received money from Kerwin Espinosa, the top drug lord in Region 8 and son of Albuera mayor Rolando Espinosa, according to the charge sheet by Police Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido, Also charged alongside de Lima for benefiting from drug money was Nelson Pepito Jr., councilor of Barangay Binolho in Albuera. Espenido said the de Lima suit was actually the second batch of the cases related to the younger Espinosa’s drug operations. The latter has also been slapped with drug charges before the Department of Justice Wednesday night, October 12.   Senator de Lima …

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54 showbiz personalities on PNP drug list; managers, networks told to surrender them

More than 50 celebrities are now on the drug list of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), the additional names cropping up following the arrest of two former starlets in separate drug bust operations. Chief Superintendent Oscar Albayalde, NCRPO director, said 54 celebrities are on their list after former sexy stars Sabrina M. and Krista Miller had squealed some names when Quezon City policemen arrested them recently. “Every time we make arrests, more names are being included because they were all telling us the persons they transact with,” said Albayalde. The official also revealed that some names of celebrities are frequently being mentioned, including Sabrina M and Krista Miller, during interrogations. He, however, refused to divulge the other names. Earlier, Director General Ronald dela Rosa, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), vowed …

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PNP foils Zamboanga bomb plot, arrests 2 ASG men

Two suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), including one with a P5.3-million bounty, were arrested in a follow-up operation in Zamboanga City on Friday night, October 7. The arrest of 64-year old Abdula-latip Talanghati and Albashrie Talanghati also resulted in the foiling of a bombing attempt in Zamboanga City as cops confiscated an improvised explosive device when they were collared beside the Land Transportation Office (LTO) office in the area. Chief Supt. Billy Beltran, Zamboanga Peninsula regional police, said the operation stemmed from the intelligence report about the ASG’s plan to carry out bombing activities in Zamboanga City. “Prior to their arrest, we have been receiving reports that these people were planning to conduct atrocities in Zamboanga City,” said Beltran. Beltran said the older Talanghati, who has a P5.3-million bounty, is among the …

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More than 50 celebrities in NCRPO’s drug list

More than 50 celebrities are now in the drug list of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO). Chief Supt. Oscar Albayalde, NCRPO director, said more names were added as a result of confessions made by those arrested. “Every time we make arrests, more names are being included because they were all telling us the persons they transact with,” said Albayalde. He said more celebrities were implicated by former sexy stars Sabrina M. and Krista Miller, who were nabbed in separate drug busts by Quezon City police. Albayalde refused to divulge the celebrities, but he revealed most names in the list were frequently mentioned in interrogations, including those of Sabrina M and Miller.  

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Leyte town mayor arrested on drugs, firearms charges

Police arrested yesterday Mayor Rolando Espinosa of Albuera, Leyte, for his alleged involvement in the illegal drugs trade in Eastern Visayas. Chief Supt. Jovie Espenido, chief of police of Albuera, said two arrest warrants were served on Espinosa at around 8:30 a.m. yesterday, one in connection with illegal drugs and the other for illegal possession of firearms. Espenido said the first arrest warrant is related to some 11 kilos of shabu seized from his house when lawmen raided his house several days after his surrender when his name cropped up in the drug list of President Duterte. “The second arrest warrant was addressed to Mayor Espinosa and his son Kerwin for illegal possession if firearms. This is in connection with the encounter near his house,” Espenido said in a phone interview. Espenido said there …

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