Velasco refutes De Lima accusations

MANILA — Supreme Court Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr. vehemently denied the allegation of detained Senator Leila de Lima that he “pushed for the acquittal of convicted drug lord German Agojo when the Supreme Court division deliberated on the case in 2009.” In a statement, Velasco made a comment on De Lima’s motion asking the Supreme Court … Read More

PDEA to focus on ‘high-value targets’ in anti-drug war

MANILA — The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Wednesday said it would focus on high-value and high-impact targets as it strengthens the resolve to win the country’s war against illegal drugs. PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino called for an intensified campaign against the drug menace by conducting quality anti-illegal drug operations through the arrest of priority … Read More

CA affirms kidnap raps vs Palparan

MANILA — The Court of Appeals (CA) on Tuesday upheld the kidnapping and serious illegal detention charges filed against retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan. In a 15-page decision dated Sept. 18, penned by Associate Justice Carmelita Salandanan Manahan and concurred by Associate Justices Fernanda Lampas Peralta and Elihu Ybanez, the CA’s 4th Division denied the petition … Read More

3 international groups biggest suppliers of ‘shabu’ — PDEA

MANILA — Three transnational drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) are the biggest sources of methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as shabu, a Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) official said on Tuesday. In a statement, PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino identified these as the United Bamboo Gang (Bamboo Triad), 14K Triad or Hongkong Triad, and Sun Yee On … Read More