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PDEA: 163 clandestine shabu labs; drug dens dismantled

MANILA, July 28 –- As President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reiterated the ongoing campaign against hard drugs in the country, a total 163 clandestine shabu laboratories and drug dens were dismantled by the authorities, a Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) official said on Friday. In its update, PDEA Director General Isidro Lapeña said that from June …

NBI-AHTRAD operatives nab 2 suspects for human trafficking

MANILA, July 28 — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Friday said operatives of the NBI-Anti-Human Trafficking Division (NBI-AHTRAD) have arrested two suspected human traffickers and rescued 17 minors who were allegedly offered for sexual services in Caloocan City. NBI Director Dante A. Gierran identified the two suspects as Glady Dulot and Cherry Ann …

Aguirre stands firm on return of high-profile inmates to NBP’s maximum security compound

MANILA, July 27— Justi Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Thursday stood pat on his decision to return the high-profile inmacetes to their original cells at the maximum security compound in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City. Aguirre gave this comment following reports that some high profile inmates intend to recant their testimonies in …

High-profile NBP inmates won’t retract testimonies vs De Lima

MANILA, July 26 — Lawyer Ferdinand Topacio on Wednesday said that high-profile inmates who testified against detained Senator Leila De Lima regarding the illegal drugs trade inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) will not recant their testimonies. Topacio, lawyer of convicted drug lords led by Herbert Colangco and Noel Martinez, issued the clarification after the …

SAF contingent in NBP replaced — DOJ

MANILA, July 26 — Department of Justice (DOJ) Undersecretary Antonio Kho said that the Special Action Force (SAF) contingent deployed last year to secure the maximum-security compound of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City, where most of high profile and hardened inmates are detained, has been replaced. Kho said another SAF contingent replaced …

DOJ asks SC to form special courts in Luzon, Visayas to hear raps vs Maute members

MANILA—In order to protect the judges and the judicial system from possible threats and acts of violence in Mindanao, the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to designate special courts in Luzon and Visayas who will eventually hear the cases to be filed against the members of the Maute Group. In …

SC orders Mindanao courts to remain open amid declaration of martial law

MANILA—In view of President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao for 60 days, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Wednesday directed all courts in the island to remain open and all judges to report to their respective stations as far as local circumstances may allow. ”All judges stationed in Mindanao are directed to …

8 applicants for SC post to be interviewed by JBC next month

MANILA– Eight of 12 applicants vying for the position to be vacated by retiring Supreme Court Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes would be interviewed by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) next month. The JBC has received 12 nominations and applications for the upcoming vacancy in the SC that would enable President Rodrigo Duterte to name …

PDEA: 89% hike in drug-related cases filed under Duterte administration

MANILA—The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) reported on Friday an 89 percent increase in the number of cases filed against drug personalities in 2016 compared to 2015. PDEA Director General Isidro Lapeña said there were 47,331 cases filed in 2016 compared to 25,009 cases in 2015. Lapeña said the spike in the number of cases …

Update: 74,650 ‘live’ suspects nabbed so far in ongoing anti-drug campaign

MANILA—More than 74,000 drug suspects have been arrested so far by various law enforcement agencies (LEA) as part of the government’s continuing effort to wipe out illegal drugs and criminality. In an update, law enforcement agencies conducted 58,751 anti-drug operations from July 1, 2016 to May 17, 2017 which resulted to the arrest of 74,650 …

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