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The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in this region hits it big, seizing P5 million worth of illegal drugs and snatching five people in a drug bust in this City. Reg. Dir. Lyndon said al subject suspects except for Ronie are from the town of Panamao, Sulu. Ronie is from the town of Panglima Estino in the same province.

Aspacio reported the buy-bust operation was jointly carried out by PDEA and Naval Intelligence Service Group (NISG) operatives around 3 p.m. Friday along Gov. Camins Ave., in the village of Canelar, this city. He said confiscated from the suspects during the buy-bust operation were: 20 heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets of more or less one kilo `of suspected shabu; P347,900 cash; one bundle of boodle money topped with two P1,000 bills used as buy-bust money; one economy bag; and one biscuit box. He said the estimated market value of the seized methamphetamine hydrochloride locally known as shabu is pegged at P5 million. Suspects, pending he fling of appropriate charges are detained at the PDEA Hq.

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) started reinvestigating the multibillion-peso Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel scam, allegedly involving Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV

Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre II said the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is building up cases from evidence submitted to his office by former Manila councilor and anti-pork barrel advocate Greco Belgica and other sources, as well as initial statements by accused pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles.

He added, “There are many documents submitted to us, but the ones from Greco Belgica would already suffice.

It was by former Makati vice mayor and Campaign for Public Accountability (CPA) convenor Bobby Brillante who called for the reinvestigation, saying the probe in the previous administration was selective that only targeted three opposition senators then: Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Bong Revilla.

Drilon and Trillanes were both with the administration and now with the opposition.

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These human rights barrages sure do create an allergy of sort in Pres. Duterte. So hinted Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque in confirmation thereto as he expressed hopes that the Pres. will soon get over what he called his “allergy.”

Roque, a human rights advocate, said the President was committed to keep the government’s drug crackdown in accordance with the rule of law, and will never condone abusive cops.

He pointed out that it was even the President who ordered the arrest of the policemen involved in the controversial killing of teenager Kian delos Santos.  He said that while the President had promised to protect any policeman performing his duty, he will not do so for those who will abuse their authority and violate the law.

And if you recall, these negative public opinion polls seemingly get his goat, too, triggering the pullout of the Police from all anti-drugs responsibilities, leaving all to the undermanned PDEA.

Now, will this other survey result, though very minute also get in the nerves of Duterte, as fewer Filipinos believe Pres. Duterte can fulfill “most, if not all” of his promises, according to the third quarter survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

Thirty-five percent of Filipino adults expect Duterte to fulfill “most, if not all,” of his promises; 57 percent answered “a few” and six percent said “none or almost none.”

The proportion of those expecting most, if not all, of Duterte’s promises to be fulfilled was 17 points below the 52 percent posted in March.

It was 63 percent when first asked in June 2016, and 56 percent in September 2016.

The 17-point decline in the national percentage of those saying Duterte can fulfill “all or nearly all” of his promises was due to double-digit declines in all areas.

Hopefully, the effect will cause positive mindset in him to motivate the re-employmdent of  the police in the company of PDEA to fight illegal drugs peddling. SS holds likely, the pullout of the police, which  has created a noticed void the drug campaign – in spite of PDEA’s tireless efforts - may have elicited the drop in people’s belief in his  capability.

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The government is pushing for the “true healing” of the country long split by politics and saddled with illegal drugs, crime, and corruption.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said the Duterte administration is seeking national unity, including better rapport between the government and the Catholic Church, respecting the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ (CBCP) planned healing mass against the alleged extrajudicial killings in the country.

Roque said the administration wishes “to build better rapport with the Catholic Church and seek the cooperation of its leaders,” calling on the Catholic flock to “proactively” help the government in combating the drug menace.

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Malaysian Amin Baco has replaced slain Abu Sayyaf commander Isnilon Hapilon as the designated emir of the Southeast Asia.

An Emir with no known caliphate sphere, it appears.

It appears so as it happens Baco is one of the few remaining stragglers in Marawi, rrestricted to an area, ready for the taking at any moment now.

Authorities, at this time, are verifying the total number of remaining stragglers in Marawi City since a lot of things have happened since Indonesian ISS compatriot Syahputra parted ways with what he claimed to be 39 remaining Maute fighters.

And surely, some of them may have already been killed, with very little prospects of some to have escaped.

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FILIPINO beauty queens continue to dominate international beauty pageants following a runner-up finish at Miss Globe and a back-to-back win at Miss Earth and Reina Hispanoamericana.

Three more Filipino beauty queens are eying for international crowns: Showbiz scion and opera singer Mariel de Leon is in Tokyo for the 57th edition of Miss International; model and TV host Laura Lehmann is in Sanya, China, for the annual Miss World. And Ms Camirines Sur beauty, Rachel Peters is flying to Las Vegas on Nov. 12 to vie for the Miss Universe 2017 crown.

The pageant season was kicked off by Miss Grand International 2017 held on Oct. 25 in Vietnam where Philippine bet Elizabeth Clenci placed second runner-up.

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Wife of Omar Maute, Minhati Madrais, also known as “Baby,” an Indonesian national was confirmed to have been arrested in Tubod, Iligan City on Sunday..

Madrais was with her six children - four girls and two boys - when collared, and all kins were turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development for custody.

Omar Maute and several hundreds of his followers were responsible for the attack in Marawi City that sparked five months of intense battles that left more than 1,000 people dead and the Islamic city in ruins.

Maute was killed by a sniper fire while attempting to escape during the last stretch of fighting. Killed with him was Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon, touted as the emir of the Islamic State in Southeast Asia.

In Marawi, soldiers continued to mop up the main battle area, shooting it out with an undetermined number of stragglers that included foreign fighters.  (By Jimmy Cabato)




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