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Chinese linked to Mt. Arayat ‘shabu’ lab falls

Camp Olivas, Pampanga – A Chinese national was arrested a few hours after police authorities raided and dismantled an industrial-scale “shabu” factory at the foot of Mount Arayat in this province last Thursday. Police operatives pounced on Hong Wengzheng, 39, married, and a native of Fukien, China who at first managed to elude arrest but was captured during a follow-up operation, the Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) reported. Chief Superintendent Aaron N. Aquino, PRO3 acting regional director (RD), said four other Chinese nationals believed to be Wong’s cohorts eluded arrest. Wong is now temporarily under the custody of the Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB) of the Pampanga Police Provincial Office (PPO) and set to be charged according to Philippine anti-drugs laws. “We will continue our all-out war against illegal drugs... Expect more police operations and …

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P.4M shabu seized from Bulacan drug pusher arrested in sting – PDEA3

CAMP JULIAN OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Anti-narcotics agents arrested a notorious drug pusher and seized P.4 million worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride, or “shabu,” in a sting in Malate, Manila Tuesday night (September 20), the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 3 (PDEA) said. Glenn M. Guillermo, PDEA Region Information Officer identified the suspect as Edmenies B. Batayola alias Jay-Ar, 25, a resident of no. 214 C Remy St., Park Ave., Libertad, Pasay City. Guillermo disclosed that Batayola who has been a target of Oplan Tokhang was known to be a big-time pusher in Bulacan and had been in PDEA’s radar since May 2016 but transferred his residence in Pasay to avoid apprehensions from authorities. “PDEA-3 agents were able to negotiate with the suspect for the sale of 100 grams of shabu for P200,000 and agreed to …

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Central Luzon promotes brown rice to lessen diabetes, cardio diseases

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga -- An official of the Department of Agriculture in Region 3 urged Central Luzon consumers to eat brown rice to protect them from serious diseases.   “According to several surveys, many people die due to cardiovascular diseases and diabetes and that is where brown rice can be of help. Brown rice has a low glycemic index compared to white rice,” DA Region 3 director Andrew Villacorta said. Aside from this, Be RICEponsible Campaign Director Hazel Antonio said that although brown rice has high sugar content, because of its low glycemic index and high fiber content, it takes longer for its sugar to be converted into blood sugar. “Through the consumption of brown rice, one’s sugar level is controlled at a normal rate, which is good especially for the diabetic,” Antonio …

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PNP-AFP conducts simultaneous checkpoints as PH is placed under state of lawless violence

IBA, Zambales – Senior Supt. Cristopher Mateo, Zambales Provincial Police Office (ZPPO) acting provincial director yesterday personally inspected and monitored all PNP Checkpoints in the province's 13 municipalities as part of efforts to secure the province in the light of recent terror acts in Davao. Mateo directed all chiefs of police and their police personnel to man their respective checkpoint 24/7 to assure the peace and order in the province. He also ordered his police commander to conduct a mobile patrol in areas of public convergence and vital installations to keep the people safe. Meanwhile, Chief Supt. Aaaron N Aquino, Central Luzon acting police chief, ordered the temporary cancellation all leaves of police personnel while the entire region is placed in full alert status.

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Warden sacked due to drugs inside jail

Iba, Zambales— Governor Amor D. Deloso has sacked the provincial jail warden following a surprise inspection of the prison which led to the discovery of drug pushing activities happening right under his nose. Deloso said he has relieved retired police superintendent Romulo Salamat as provincial jail warden and appointed in his place former warden, Amado Paneda who is also a retired police colonel. Salamat is now the subject of an investigation while Deloso plans to upgrade the system and facilities at the Zambales Provincial Jail located in this capital town. “I had given him three months to shape up and eradicate illegal drugs activities inside the provincial jail,” Deloso said of Salamat. “But what has he done? The situation; the sale of drugs inside the prison has worsened!” Citing intelligence report conducted by police …

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77 Central Luzon cops linked to drugs dispatched to Mindanao

Camp Julian Olivas, Pampanga — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa recently confirmed the relief and transfer of 77 Central Luzon police officers to different assignment areas in Mindanao. Dela Rosa said the 77 police officers, mostly assigned in Bulacan and Pampanga have been linked to illegal drug activities. One of those transferred to Mindanao was recently killed in an encounter, although Dela Rosa did not identify the casualty or the place of the incident. To serve and protect During the 115th Police Service anniversary celebration here, the PNP chief admitted that the government's campaign against illegal drugs will be beefed up if the PNP is successful, in cleansing its won ranks. "The organization has been shamed too many times already because our fellow police officers who swore to serve and …

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American nabbed with 2.3 kilos of hi-grade cocaine in Clark airport

Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga – An American national was arrested here Sunday night after he tried to smuggle through the Clark International Airport 2.3 kilos of high-grade cocaine worth P16 million, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency’s region 3 office (PDEA 3) disclosed yesterday. PDEA 3 Director Emerson Margate identified the suspect as Alan Sohoo, holder of United States passport and resident of New York. He said airport and anti-illegal drugs authorities arrested Sohoo shortly after he disembarked from Emirates Flight 338 from Dubai to Clark around 11 pm, Sunday. “It was an interdiction operation,’’ Margate said, adding that the suspect boarded the Emirates flight in Dubai bound for Cebu and Clark. “He (suspect) was closely monitored from Dubai up to the place of his destination. It is called controlled delivery,” Margate added The PDEA3 director …

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3 pushers killed, 5 arrested in Bulacan drug stings

Camp Julian Olivas, Pampanga - Three drug pushers were neutralized while five others were arrested in separate buy-bust operations conducted by the Bulacan Police on Tuesday. Sr. Supt. Romeo Caramat, acting Bulacan police provincial director, identified the three slain suspects as Rodesto Jenotan alias Hudas, 52, of Cabanatuan City and resident of Bocaue, Bulacan; Rodrigo Maringal, alias  Boy Cruz, 40, of Norzagaray, Bulacan and Danilo Bardaje alias Jomar Fulgo. The arrested suspects, on the other hand, were identified as Leodegario Bernardino alias Joel Donaire, 28 ; Jose Rendora alias Macmac Eugenio, 50; Bernard Estrella alias Annabelle, 34;  Rafael Serna, 21, and Marites Nicolas, 44. Supt. Charlie Cabradilla of the Boacue, Bulacan police,  said Jenotan was killed during a buy-bust operation in Barangay Bambang. Jenotan, Cabradilla said, apparently recognized the undercover police officer  and hurriedly …

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81 barangays in CL remain flood-plagued

City Of San Fernando, Pampanga — Although the weather condition in Central Luzon has significantly improved, floods have kept 81 barangays mostly in this province nearly paralyzed until yesterday, regional disaster officials said. Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council 3 (RDRRMC3) Chairperson Josefina Timoteo said the affected villages include 75 in eight municipalities and one city in Pampanga; five in the towns of Calumpit and Marilao in Bulacan; and one in the town of Hermosa in Bataan. Timoteo, who is also director of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Region 3, said some of the 22 villages in Macabebe were still submerged in up to 4.5-foot deep flood water. San Luis town also continued to endure flooding of up to 2 feet. In Masantol town, the villages of Alauli and Bagang …

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PDEA3 finds chemicals for making ‘shabu’ dumped on SCTEx, other Pampanga areas

City Of San Fernando, Pampanga — Hazardous chemicals and equipment that are used in manufacturing methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” were found dumped on the side of the road along the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) on five different occasions. PDEA Regional Director Emerson Margate said the latest case was discovered on August 18 in Mabalacat City. He said operatives of PDEA3 responded to the scene after the Mabalacat Municipal Police Station sought their assistance to collect suspected shabu and equipment dumped at KM64+420 68s68s8, Barangay Sapang Balen in Mabalacat City. The recovered chemicals and equipment are currently being assessed to determine if these came from one source, Margate said. “The packaging of the recovered chemicals and equipment in Porac, Pampanga is the same with the packaging of chemicals found in SCTEX Concepcion, Tarlac and …

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