Briones: Press release

The fact that the illegal drug problem continues to exist and, judging by the recent arrests and seizures, flourish means something is going on that the rest of the public is not aware of. That is, until the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) appealed to all full-fledged police colonels and generals to […]

Guv: Fight vs drugs not just for photo ops

CEBU Governor Gwendolyn Garcia wants the members of the One Cebu Inter-Agency Interdiction Task Force (OC-IAITF) to take their efforts to fight against illegal drugs seriously and not for photograph opportunities (photo ops) only. During the meeting that Garcia presided over on February 9 with the OC-IAITF members, they discussed additional measures that can be […]

Ex-Magdalo member back as PDEA 7 chief

JIGGER Montallana, who served as director of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency’s (PDEA) Central Visayas office from 2011 to 2012, is back in Cebu. Montallana has been reinstalled as PDEA 7’s director, replacing outgoing director Levi Ortiz, who will be transferred to the agency’s Cagayan Valley office. In a statement posted on Facebook, Ortiz thanked […]

Philippine police chief quits amid call to rid ranks of drug scalawags

By John Victor D. Ordoñez, Reporter THE PHILIPPINES’ national police chief on Thursday quit his job after a call for hundreds of high-ranking police officers to resign and help cleanse their ranks of the “deep infection” of the illegal drug trade. Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Rodolfo Azurin, Jr. submitted his resignation letter to […]

Top Philippine cops urged to quit to cleanse their ranks of illegal drugs

By John Victor D. Ordoñez and Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza, Reporters THE PHILIPPINES Interior Secretary on Wednesday called on hundreds of high-ranking police officers to quit to help cleanse their ranks of the “deep infection” of the illegal drug trade. “It is coming out that there are generals and colonels involved in illegal drug activities,” […]

42 arrested for illegal firecrackers; injuries hit 211 

FORTY-TWO individuals were arrested for using and selling illegal firecrackers on New Year’s Day, a police official said on Monday.   Philippine National Police-Public Information Office chief Redrico A. Maranan said charges have been filed against the suspects.    “Cases have been filed against those arrested for illegal firecrackers and we will remain on full alert until […]

PAGCOR warns users of illegal gambling sites vs fraud, liability

THE STATE-RUN Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) has warned the public against engaging in illegal gambling websites, citing cybercrime threats as well as the possibility of facing criminal charges. In a statement on Wednesday, PAGCOR said those who want to gamble should do so on legitimate and licensed electronic gaming sites. Gambling websites not […]

CCPO, Cebu City Hall, private sector ink deal to go after illegal gambling

THE Cebu City Police Office under its director, Colonel Ireneo Dalogdog, signed an agreement with the City Government and various barangays on Friday, December 9, 2022, to put a stop to illegal gambling, especially e-sabong. General Rodolfo Azurin Jr., Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, recently ordered a crackdown on the online cockfighting after it shifted […]

Over 24,000 nabbed for drugs under PBBM; over 90 killed

MORE than 24,000 drug personalities have been arrested under the administration of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. (PBBM) so far, underscoring its determination to continue his predecessor’s relentless war on drugs but with a greater focus on demand reduction, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said. Human Rights Watch, however, said the […]

Another 17 Chinese nationals linked to illegal online gambling deported 

THE BUREAU of Immigration (BI) on Wednesday deported 17 Chinese nationals who had been working in illegal offshore gaming companies.   In a statement on Wednesday, the BI said the foreigners will be barred from returning to the Philippines.   “Department of Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin C. Remulla is closely monitoring the implementation of deportations and his […]

Weeklong police operations in CV net over P50M in illegal drugs

POLICE in Central Visayas have seized over P53 million worth of illegal drugs in their weeklong anti-narcotics operations in different areas in the region. Operatives confiscated nearly eight kilos of illegal substance they called methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as shabu, from Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022 to Sunday, Nov. 6. They launched 114 operations that also […]

Economic benefits from POGO declining but PHL still stands to lose P64.6B annually 

ECONOMIC benefits from Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) have been declining, a Finance official said on Wednesday, but totally closing the sector could still cost the country P64.61 billion annually based on estimates.    Department of Finance Undersecretary Maria Cielo D. Magno, speaking at a House Committee on Labor and Employment meeting, said taxes — including […]