Mosqueda, Mars Jr_ 1/1/1997 - 31/12/2018
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1 Philippines: Cebu Cops Launch Oplan PokemonWed, 31 Aug 2016
Source:Manila Bulletin (The Philippines) Author:Mosqueda, Mars W. Jr. Area:Philippines Lines:44 Added:08/31/2016

CEBU CITY - The Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) has intensified its campaign against illegal drugs with the launching of Oplan Pokemon, the police version of the popular mobile phone game.

Just like the popular mobile phone app game, where players go to places to catch Pokemon monsters, Oplan Pokemon calls for the local police to go to different areas to look for those involved in the illegal drugs trade.

The CCPO marked its first operation under Oplan Pokemon with a convoy of patrol cars and funeral hearse.

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2 Philippines: Man Dies Protecting His WifeFri, 01 Apr 2005
Source:Manila Bulletin (The Philippines) Author:Mosqueda, Mars Jr. Area:Philippines Lines:38 Added:03/31/2005

CEBU CITY - A 24-year-old scavenger died of bullet wounds after he used his body to shield his pregnant wife from a hail of bullets when a gunman opened fire at their shanty in barangay Inayawan here.

Fhely Candido, 24, covered the body of his live-in partner when he heard gunshots outside their shanty near the dumpsite. Candido suffered multiple wounds in the body. Four empty shells of .45 caliber bullets were found near the shanty.

The victim's partner who is expected to give birth next month said Fhely was first hit in the foot, but the assailant fired more shots that finished him off. The victim's partner told police that Fhely tried to stand up to see who was shooting them but he dove and covered her with his body when he heard more gunshots. Inspector Mario Monilar of the city police's homicide section dismissed the possibility of vigilante killing, saying that the probers are focusing on the drug angle.

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3 Philippines: Drugs Affect 88 Bohol VillagesSun, 30 Jan 2005
Source:Manila Bulletin (The Philippines) Author:Mosqueda, Mars Jr. Area:Philippines Lines:33 Added:01/29/2005

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol - At least 88 barangays in Bohol are considered seriously affected by problems on illegal drugs and 39 more are threatened to be affected, said Bohol Provincial Police Office Chief Sancho Bernales.

In his annual accomplishment report, Bernales stated that 7.93 percent of Bohol's 1,109 barangays have been considered seriously affected by illegal drugs, and added that his command is now doing its best to solve the problem. He said that due to the intensified campaign of authorities here, the supply of illegal drugs in the affected barangays has noticeably decreased.

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4 Philippines: US Agents Begin Training Of Cebu Drug LawTue, 23 Nov 2004
Source:Manila Bulletin (The Philippines) Author:Mosqueda, Mars Jr. Area:Philippines Lines:37 Added:11/24/2004

CEBU CITY - Agents of the United States Drug Enforcement Unit (US-DEU) began yesterday a three-day tactical training of local drug-enforcement units in Cebu, which started with the presentation of the international drug situation.

US-DEU special agent Timothy Teal, touted as one of the best DEU trainors in the world, will guide local agents in drug law-enforcement techniques and tactical training, among others.

The Cebu City government has appropriated R75,000 for the tactical training that will end on Nov. 24.

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5 Philippines: Connivance Between Guards and Visitors EyedWed, 22 Sep 2004
Source:Manila Bulletin (The Philippines) Author:Mosqueda, Mars W. Jr. Area:Philippines Lines:65 Added:09/21/2004

CEBU CITY - An investigative team that looked into the discovery of 355 decks of "shabu" inside the Bagong Buhay Rehabilitation Center (BBRC), the city jail, has smelled connivance between some jail guards and people visiting inmates in the facility.

Based on the initial finding of the jail oversight committee task force, which investigated the incident last Sept. 10 when authorities found the decks of shabu hidden in a mass of human waste stored in a drum at the toilet of the BBRC, there was connivance between some jail guards and the visitors who carried the contraband.

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6 Philippines: Stiff Penalty Mulled For Cops Linked To DrugTue, 17 Aug 2004
Source:Manila Bulletin (The Philippines) Author:Mosqueda, Mars W. Jr. Area:Philippines Lines:53 Added:08/17/2004

CEBU CITY - Rep. Antonio Cuenco (Cebu City, South District) is mulling an amendment to the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Cuenco said that if the congressional inquiry on the missing two kilos of "shabu" finds that the four Maritime policemen indeed pocketed two of the four kilos of the illegal stuff they seized from a drug courier, he would push for a stiffer penalty for the offense.

He said he would file a bill that would impose life sentence or even death penalty instead of the present 12-20 years of imprisonment on law enforcers who bungle cases or "misappropriate" or steal evidence from suspects.

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7 Philippines: 5 Policemen in Hot WaterWed, 11 Aug 2004
Source:Manila Bulletin (The Philippines) Author:Mosqueda, Mars Jr. Area:Philippines Lines:38 Added:08/17/2004

CEBU CITY - The Region 7 office of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) filed complaints for murder with the Office of the Visayas Ombudsman against five policemen who allegedly shot to death an alleged drug pusher. The five policemen, PO3 Tiburcio Heramil, PO2 Reynaldo Solante, PO2 Epifanio Gonzaga Jr. and PO2 Rodrigo Ungria of the Cebu Provincial Police Office; PO3 Valentino Guevarra of the San Francisco Police Station and PO2 Ernesto Obrero of Poro, Cebu, allegedly conspired to kill Remegio Arias on the evening of last July 10 in barangay Santa Cruz. They are facing charges for murder and planting of evidence, as well as an administrative complaint for gross misconduct.

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8 Philippines: 4 Cops In Missing Shabu Won't Take Polygraph TestWed, 11 Aug 2004
Source:Sun.Star Cebu (Philippines) Author:Mosqueda, Mars W. Jr. Area:Philippines Lines:39 Added:08/11/2004

CEBU CITY -The four Region 7 Maritime Group (Marig) policemen who were tagged responsible for the disapearance of two kilos of "shabu" refused yesterday to submit themselves to a polygraph examination.

Lawyer Delon Urot said his clients Senior Inspector Roger Mangaoang, P03 Florito Banilad, P02 Eric Henry de Luna and P01 Napoleon Taneo - will take the lie detector test only if the suspected drug courier, Willy Solon, will execute a sworn statement on his accusations against the policemen.

Urot told the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) that it would be unfair to his clients to take the test "when no mention was ever made regarding Police Superintendent Sales Zaragoza to be included in the polygraph test." Zaragoza is the head of the Region 7 Marig.

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9 Philippines: Cebu RTC Judge Imposes Life Jail Term On Two DrugSat, 24 Jul 2004
Source:Manila Bulletin (The Philippines) Author:Mosqueda, Mars W. Jr. Area:Philippines Lines:54 Added:07/27/2004

CEBU CITY -- A Regional Trial Court judge here has sentenced to life imprisonment two big-time pushers after it found the accused guilty of selling nearly 200 grams of "shabu" about two years ago.

Aside from imposing the life sentence, RTC Judge Fortunato de Gracia Jr. also ordered Noel Prajes, 32, and Alipa Mala, 22, who were arrested during an entrapment operation by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Sept. 4, 2002, to pay a fine of half-million pesos.

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10 Philippines: Exaggerated Volume Of Shabu Causes Release Of 3 WomenSat, 19 Jun 2004
Source:Manila Bulletin (The Philippines) Author:Mosqueda, Mars W. Jr. Area:Philippines Lines:60 Added:06/20/2004

CEBU CITY - A Regional Trial Court (RTC) judge here released three women, who were involved in what authorities claimed was a "sensational drug bust," after the court found out that only 10.04 grams out of the 1,495.78 grams of crystalline substance seized by authorities were "shabu."

RTC Judge Anacleto Caminade, in his one-page order dated June 15, ordered the release of Haidee Logarta Supangan (alias "Haidee Gurbaxani"), Elizabeth Supangan Sala, and Augie Marie Supangan Antipala.

Judge Caminade allowed them to post bail because the old drugs law, Republic Act 6425, provides that selling or possessing less than 200 grams of shabu is bailable.

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11 Philippines: Police Enforces Tighter SecurityThu, 01 Jan 2004
Source:Manila Bulletin (The Philippines) Author:Mosqueda, Mars W. Jr. Area:Philippines Lines:77 Added:01/05/2004

CEBU CITY - The police here said it will monitor various land, water, and air transports coming into Cebu for possible drug smuggling as authorities tightened their watch following reports of a possible drug laboratory operating here.

The Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 says it is continuously monitoring several areas in Cebu to verify reports that a shabu laboratory has already been set up here to provide illegal drugs to cities and towns in the Visayas and Mindanao.

PRO 7 deputy director for administration Julio Augusto, however, clarified that they still have not seen a clear indication that a shabu laboratory has indeed been operating in Cebu.

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12 Philippines: CIDG, Ombudsman Probe NBI Men Involved InMon, 16 Dec 2002
Source:Manila Bulletin (The Philippines) Author:Mosqueda, Mars Jr. Area:Philippines Lines:60 Added:12/16/2002

CEBU CITY - The Region 7 office of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group(CIDG) has taken the testimonies of at least four witnesses who were expected to shed light on the anti-narcotic operation of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 that went askew.

The CIDG 7 is also considering asking the NBI agents to agree to join a lineup so the witnesses can identify those involved in the operation.

As this developed, the Office of the Visayas Ombudsman will also conduct its own investigation to determine the liabilities of the NBI agents.

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