Category Archives: drugs

Duterte clears Chinese businessman of involvement in drugs

DAVAO CITY – President Rodrigo R. Duterte cleared on Thursday Michael Yang, a Chinese businessman who owns the Davao City Los Amigos (DCLA) Plaza, from his alleged involvement in illegal drugs. In his speech during the dinner with members of the Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association, Inc. (PMAAAI), Duterte said defended the businessmen from allegations […]

Kidapawan LGU’s anti-drug programs receive commendation, claims mayor

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 1 June) – Mayor Joseph Evangelista claimed Friday that the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) and the National Youth Commission (NYC) had given appreciation and recognition of the city government’s anti-drug programs. The mayor said he received the accolade from the DDB and the NYC after his lectures during the anti-drug forum held […]

Japanese, Filipino companion nabbed in Davao for ‘pot’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 May) – Authorities arrested a Japanese national and his Filipino companion for allegedly trying to smuggle 13 kilograms of suspected dried marijuana worth P1.56 million into this city from Mati City, Davao Oriental on Wednesday. In a report, Davao City Police Office spokesperson Maria Teresita Gaspan identified the suspects as Shohei F. […]

2 alleged drug pushers arrested, 2 others killed in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 02 April) — Two alleged drug pushers were killed while two others, including a former jail officer, were arrested in an anti-drug operation in a village here on Monday. Supt. Aldrin Gonzales, public information officer of the Police Regional Office (PRO)-12, said the operation was in line with the implementation […]

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ALPSIDE DOWNED: Human (rights) targets

BERN, Switzerland (MindaNews / 27 March) –  In a human rights forum that I helped organize here in the Swiss capital early this month, I became acutely aware of the imminent threats now being faced by human rights workers in the Philippines. Carlos Conde, Philippines researcher of the Human Rights Watch Asia division, was telling […]

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Malagos rehab facility to be completed by May 2018

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 Feb) – The 350-bed Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center, launched on December 6, 2016 in Malagos, Davao City, will be completed by May this year, Health Undersecretary Roger P. Tong An said. Tong An said in interview that the rehabilitation center in the city is just one of the four […]

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2 arrested for drugs in North Cotabato

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/16 June) – Police arrested Friday a village treasurer and a farmer in Kabacan, North Cotabato for drug trafficking. Chief Inspector Bryan Placer, police chief of Kabacan Police, identified the suspects as Abdulkadir Calim, 41, farmer, and Nadya Hasim Abubakar or Nandja Bacuna, 36, treasurer of Barangay Nabundas in Pagagawan, Maguindanao.  Both are residents of Barangay Kayaga, […]

P350M drug rehab center to rise in Sarangani

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 15 March) – The national government has allotted around P350 million for the construction this year of a regional drug rehabilitation center in Alabel town in Sarangani Province. Dr. Arvin Alejandro, Sarangani provincial health officer, said Wednesday the Department of Health (DOH) has issued the go signal for the development of the […]

Police says no ‘hit list’ for drug personalities, lawyers in Surigao del Norte

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 Feb) – Authorities here have denied accusations of having a “hit list” containing the names of drug personalities, including protectors and lawyers representing drug-related cases. Sr. Supt. Anthony Maghari told reporters Thursday afternoon that there is no such list even as lawyers here condemned the attacks on their colleagues by […]

SouthCot LGU to convert municipal hospital to drug rehab center

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 6 Oct) – The provincial government of South Cotabato is pushing for the conversion of the municipal hospital of Lake Sebu into a regional drug treatment and rehabilitation center. South Cotabato Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes said the municipal government has offered the use of the hospital and its development into a […]

Drug killings dominate balitaan drills of graders

By Karol Ilagan Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism MARAGONDON, Cavite – Since school opened last June, the balitaan portion of eighth-grader Micaella Javier’s Araling Panlipunan class has been full of reports on the deaths prompted by President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s war on drugs.Save for stories about the State of the Nation Address and the controversy […]

CDO archbishop urges parishioners, churches to help in rehab of drug addicts, pushers

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 17 Aug) – Archbishop Antonio Ledesma on Wednesday called on his parishioners to open their hearts and communities to the more than 5,000 alleged drug pushers and addicts who have surrendered to the police last month. Ledesma also asked his parishioners to join the Mass and city-wide procession that would be […]

Dela Rosa aims 100% success in fight against drugs

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 Aug) –Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald dela Rosa is aiming to deliver a 100-percent success in the fight against illegal drugs within the first three to six months, as promised by President Rodrigo R. Duterte. Dela Rosa told a press conference at the Camp Quintin Merecido in Panacan that […]

Gov. Zubiri: pushers who surrendered to me afraid of getting killed by police

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 3 August) – Bukidnon Governor Jose Ma. R. Zubiri Jr. said the self-confessed drug pushers who surrendered to him did so because they were afraid of getting killed if they gave themselves up to the police. In an interview Wednesday over dxDB-Radyo Veritas Malaybalay, Zubiri said 42 suspected drug pushers had surrendered to […]

SouthCot mayors deny involvement in drug trade

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 21 July) – South Cotabato province’s 11 city and municipal mayors denied on Wednesday any involvement in the illegal drug trade and related activities, and expressed willingness to undergo drug tests and investigation by authorities. In a press conference in Koronadal City, the mayors countered earlier reports that linked some of them […]

Police in Region 12 wants a government-run drug rehab center

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 21 July) – The Police Regional Office (PRO)-12 is pushing for the establishment of a government-run treatment and rehabilitation center for drug users or dependents in the region. Chief Supt. Cedrick Train, Region 12 police director, said they are currently working with the various national government agencies and local government […]

Police in Region 12 monitoring elected officials, police officers involved in drugs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 14 July) – Police authorities in Region 12 are closely monitoring several elected local government officials and police officers in the region for their alleged involvement in various drug-related activities. Chief Supt. Cedrick Train, Region 12 police director, confirmed that they have launched an investigation against politicians and police officers […]