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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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
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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
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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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
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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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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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
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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
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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
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
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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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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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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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
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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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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