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Crackdown on drugs goes on in Dagupan

DAGUPAN CITY – Sixteen down, 17 more to go.
The city police have killed or arrested 16 priority targets on the war against illegal drugs since the fourth quarter of 2015, and  are going after the 17 others who could still be selling shabu in the streets.
But for July, the police killed four of them during buy bust operations or implementation of search warrants, while six others were killed by still unidentified gunmen.
Supt. Cristopher Abrahano, the city chief of police, described “priority targets” as the persons whose “territory” in the drug trade goes beyond the city borders and into the adjoining towns.
One is also a priority target even if their market is limited to just a village, but known to 90 percent of the village residents as a supplier of shabu, he said.
The city police have conducted 17 operations since the crackdown on illegal drugs was started this July, the highest number of operations among the cities in the Ilocos Region, he said.
A total of 429 drug personalities surrendered to the police and signed the affidavit of undertaking that they would leave the drug trade already.  Eighty percent of the surrenderees,  youngest of whom is 17 years old while the oldest is 60, are just users.
But where is the supply of shabu?
 While thousands of alleged drug personalities have surrendered to the police, there have been no “big haul” of the illegal substance methamphetamine hydrochloride commonly known as shabu.
“They surrender themselves, but they do not surrender whatever illegal drugs is in their possession,” Abrahano  said.
But he said the street price of shabu has gone up from P5,000-P6,000 to P12,000-P13,000 per five grams or “bulto.”
“This is because of lack of supply or those engaged in selling shabu are afraid to bring out their supply,” he said.
“We don’t actually have no ‘big fish’ in the city,” he claimed. (YOLANDA SOTELO)


July 31, 2016 at 11:21 pm Leave a comment

Sinag: Smugglers still in ‘business’


July 31, 2016 at 11:19 pm Leave a comment

Solon to 5 generals: Face narco charges

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – The five police generals, two of whom are retired, incriminated by President Rodrigo Duterte as coddlers of illegal drug lords, should be brave enough to face their accuser, Pangasinan Second District Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil said.Bataoil mortz

5 GENERALS. House Representative Leopoldo Bataoil (2nd District, Pangasinan) gives his takes to Mortz C. Ortigoza, co-anchor of Sonshine Radio 9:00 to 10:00 Am weekdays program, on the five active and retired police generals incriminated by President Rodrigo Duterte to be in cahoots with illegal drug lords.
Bataoil is a retired two-star police general before he became a congressman in 2010. He is on his last term in Congress.
“If they are truly involved they have to face the consequences of their actions,  if they were brave enough to involve themselves on the illegal activity, they should be brave enough to face the consequences of their actions. But if they are not involved, they have to defend themselves even in Plaza Miranda,” the solon stressed.
Bataoil, a former two-star police general, said since the president has implicated the alleged involvement of former Region 6 Director Bernardo Diaz, former National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Joel Pagdilao and former Quezon City’s Police Office’s Director Edgardo Tinio and retired generals Vicente Loot, who is now mayor of Daan Bantayan, and Marcelo Garbo.
In his speech during the 69th anniversary  of the Philippine Air Force, the President jolted the nation through television when he announced the names of these generals and their involvement in dangerous drugs.
Bataoil said he supported the call of President Duterte and Philippine National Police’s chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa to get rid the country of drug peddlers.
“This is a present of frustration. Past administrations medyo hindi naging successful ang national strategic plans against illegal drugs,” he said.
He said the two parts of the National Strategic Plans are supply reduction drive and demand reduction drive.
“Our new president has been thinking of effective ways and means on how to deliver and to comply with the wishes of our people, ”he said.


July 31, 2016 at 11:17 pm 1 comment

‘Pusher’ killed while watching Sona

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
CALASIAO – A suspected narcotic pusher was assassinated here while he was watchingon television the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte.
According to town Chief of Police Superintendent Fabiano B. Sudario Jr., Rechel H. Agpoon, 37, married, and a tricycle driver was shot last July 23 by killers riding in tandem.
“He was watching the SONA when he was shot,” he said.
President Duterte spoke last Monday at his first SONA at the Batasang Complex in Quezon City.
Duterte won the presidency last May 9 with a promise to wage a no-nonsense war against drug pushers all over the county.
He promised to eradicate the menace in three to six months upon assumption of office at noon of June 30.
A spot police report of Sudario said at around 6:25 pm of July 23, the victim was sitting in a makeshift waiting shed located along the intersection of Barangay Banaoang road and Jose de Venecia Highway in Dagupan City when the two suspects arrived.
 “Then the back rider alighted and shot the victim at close range. The victim sustained two gunshot wounds on his head and was brought by the responding policemen to Pangasinan Provincial Hospital, San Carlos City where he was later pronounced Dead on Arrival (DOA) by the attending physician,” the report said.
Sudario said the killers, who were both clad in a jacket, fled towards an unknown direction. He said coordination with the nearby police stations had been set for the apprehension of the suspects.
Agpoon was listed as one of the drug personalities here.
The chief of police said the police here still stare at blank wall in finding the killers of Agpoon.
Meanwhile, another similar mode killing ensued at Barangay Gabon here when Richard A. Flores- alyas Guilabot or Negro was liquidated.
Police spot report cited Flores was married, a construction worker, and resident of Pandayan of the same village here.


July 31, 2016 at 11:14 pm Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Kapag bago ang Constitution, I will insist, ‘no party list.’ Inabuso lahat ‘yan


CONGRESS FIGHTS. Natapos na ang fight para sa Senate presidency at si Sen. Koko Pimentel ang pumalit kay Senator Franklin Drilon.
Nanalo naman bilang Speaker ng House of Representative si Bebot Alvarez ng 1st District ng Davao del Norte.
Si Pimentel, si Alvarez at si PDuterte ay pare-parehong taga Mindanao.
FEDERALISM FIGHT. Binibilisan ni PDuterte ang laban para sa Federalism.
Matapos ang kanyang State of the nation Address ay sabay  sabay ang mga inilulunsad na forum sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng bansa tungkol sa federalism.
Sibat na si PDuterte kung approved na ang federal system of government kahit sa loob ng six year term niya.
You know, my advice to you is: maintain a federal system, a parliament, but be sure to have a President. Huwag, hindi na ako niyan, I’m disqualified and by that time I would no longer be here. But I can commit today, to the Republic of the Philippines and its people, if you hurry up the federal system of government and you can submit it to the Filipino people by the fourth, fifth year — kasi proseso ‘yan eh. You call for a referendum and after that call a presidential election, I will go. Sibat na ako. Sabi ni PDuterte
Prefer ni PDuterte ang federal system ng France. Naiintindihan ni PDuterte na sanay na kasi ang mga Pilipino na bumoboto sa isang presidente.
But you must have a president. You copy the France system. Huwag mong hayaan ‘yang puro na parliament, delikado yan. It takes time even for the—iyong kagaya ng England ‘no, because of this bomb on the double deck, took them time really because there is no one apparatus for the Commander-In-Chief down. You cannot be president, you can elect.
Unpredictable ang mga botanteng Pilipino. Malay niyo si Tito Sotto ng maging first president ng Federal Republic of the Philippines.
Maybe Tito Sotto will be a lucky guy at the time. Oh ‘di, limitahan mo lang. Ceremonial powers, power to dissolve, power to offset the resolution or whatever. Mandating you this, do that… or ceremonial powers, except in times of need. If there’s a demand for action, you must have a president. Wala na ako niyon. I said if you can give me that document, I will urge you to conduct, to order a… call for an election the following day, following week. And even if there’s still two years, three years, I will go. Okay na ako. Do not worry about me, sabi ni PDuterte.
Nanalo si PDuterte kahit hindi siya suportado ng mga congressman, ng mga governor, ng mga barangay captains.
Hindi talaga nakaka-deliver ng boto ang mga partido pulitkal sa presidential campaign, kahit na sa senatorial campaign.
I am into… too that’s much ambitious. Eh nanalo pa eh. Hindi ko nga alam kung bakit ngayon, noon nandoon lang ako oh. Totoo man. Sino ba nagsuporta sa akin dito? Wala man. Not a single congressman, except for two provinces, governor. Iyon lang. Wala akong barangay captain, wala akong… wala lahat. Pero ngayon… sabi ni PDuterte.
WOMEN’S FIGHT. Ang laban para sa presidency ng Philippine Councilors League Pangasinan Chapter ay sa pagitan nina incumbent president Sheila Perez at ni vice president Judy Vargas.
Walang kinalaman ang Nationalist Peoples Coalition o ang PDP Laban sa Perez versus Vargas fight.
Hindi ito laban ng Cojuangco at Espino kahit na Espino ang nagtaas ng kamay ni Vargas. Wala namang itinaas na kamay ang Cojuangco.
Sanay na sa labanan para sa PCL presidency ang mga Perez.


July 31, 2016 at 11:12 pm Leave a comment

Mayor Belen thanked for improved traffic flow 


July 31, 2016 at 10:18 pm Leave a comment

Crash course for traffic enforcers held

DAGUPAN CITY – Traffic enforcers of the Public Order and Safety Office (POSO) and City Action Service Team (CAST) underwent a one-day crash course on Traffic Direction and Control on July 26 at the city museum on order of Mayor Belen T. Fernandez.
The traffic enforcers training was aimed at further strengthening the skills of traffic enforcers in managing the flow of traffic along the city’s main thoroughfares with much ease and less trouble.
 The training was facilitated by the Dagupan City Police Station at the request of Mayor Fernandez as part of her continuing efforts to ease the city’s traffic flow for the benefit of pedestrians and motorists as well as make the city more business-friendly.
The city police in turn tapped the services of the PNP Highway Patrol Group in Pangasinan and invited Police Chief Inspector Allan Antonio Calaguas to conduct orientation.
Calaguas oriented the POSO and CAST enforcers on Republic Act 4136, also known as the “Land Transportation and Traffic Code” and provided some road safety tips. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO)

July 31, 2016 at 10:10 pm Leave a comment

U.S. war jets frequently seen flying near Scarborough Shoal

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
INFANTA – United States war jets have been seen making regular flyby in this coastal town, according to a village official of Barangay Cato here.
WARTHOGS. The five A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft left by
the Americans after the April 2016’s Balikatan (Military Exercise).


Jowe Legaspi, a village councilor, said every week he sees American jets flying low and  proceed to the Scarborough Shoal.
Legaspi was one of the 16 Infanta fishermen who asked the United Nations’ Commissioner for Human Rights last September 2015 to direct China to respect their rights to their traditional fishing grounds at the Scarborough or Panatag Shoal in the West Philippine Sea.
He said a personnel of the Chinese Coast Guard barred him and fellow fishermen to fish at the Scarborough Shoal which is 260 kilometers from the town.
The jets Legaspi has been seeing with regularity here are probably the five A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft left by the Americans after the April 2016’s Balikatan (Military Exercise).
The twin engine- A-10s flew over the shoal in April 19 to send a message to China that the area was for free aerial and maritime navigations.
The U.S. used the airports at Subic, 204 kilometers from here, and the one at Clark Field in the nearby Pampanga province.
The Americans left Subic, Clark, and other U.S. Bases in the Philippines after the Philippine Senate did not ratify in 1991 the treaty extending their stay in the country.
The Chinese took the shoal in 2012 claiming it is a part of its  Nine-Dash Doctrine. But the Philippine government filed a case at the U.N. Arbitral Tribunal in The Hague in early of 2013 questioning the claim.
The Tribunal ruled in favor of the Philippines in July 12 this year.


July 27, 2016 at 5:39 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Dead Men Walking

Kalabaw na kasali sa fiesta sa Ozamiz City pinagbabaril ng mga pulis.
Kasalukuyang iniimbestigahan pa ng joint teams ng National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) at Criminal Investigation Detection Group (CIDG) kung nang-agaw din ng baril ang kalabaw gaya ng mga drug pushers na pinagpapatay ng mga alagad ng batas.
Here’s an excerpt of the news:
 “CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – A carabao that was part of the activities of Ozamiz City’s annual fiesta ran amok on Saturday.
Witnesses said the carabao, a full grown male bull, lost its temper when it was paraded around the Birhen sa Cotta grounds where the final judging of street dancing also took place.
The street dancing competition was one of the highlights of the Subayen Keg Subanen Festival”.
Last Monday I told a town’s chief of police (COP) about ”netizens” ridiculing him in social media Face Book because of his soft approach towards illegal drug pushers.
“Iyong ibang bayan at siyudad, andami ng sumuko at namamatay, pero dito sa area ninyo wala pa. Kelan daw may mang-aagaw din na pushers ng baril, tanong nila?” I posed.
The police official smiled on the dare. He said, the mockers should give him a week and he will show them he meant business.
Four days later, a top drug personality in the town was pumped in with bullets by the policemen after he grabbed the guns of the latter.
“Boss, may nang-agaw na ng baril sa area ko,” he called me.
“Send me the photo of the dead pusher, i- post natin doon sa Face Book ng mga nanga-ngantiyaw, “ I retorted.
He said aside from the deceased, he was targeting, Mr. XYZ, another Top 5 drug personality.
“Matagal na kaming may gustong tumbahin dito. Top 5 sa drug list namin. Problema doon siya nagtatago sa isang siyudad,” he confided to me.
He said he even plan to “sell” (or “benta” in vernacular) him to the chief of police there to get rid of the peddler.
He told me his men want to kill the habitual delinquent.
This is the good thing in befriending cops.
You got a glimpse of the nuances of their work. You know a week or a month before who would be the next person to be killed.
Every time I saw a target for assassination, I could only mutter: Dead Man Walking!
“Sino ang pumapatay dito mga lowly P01 or may berdugo kayo talaga?” I asked the top cop.
He said he got an executioner there. But his sergeant, while we were eating ‘bulalo” and “lechon” treated by the COP, butted in that anybody can be a killer.
“Minsan pati iyong PO1 pumapatay na rin pag nakakantiyawan ng grupo.”
Tough American General George Patton declared  on this famous quote in May 31, 1944 before he and the U.S. 6th Armored Division attack France from Great Britain. Excerpts:
‘“We’ll win this war, but we’ll win it only by fighting and showing the Germans that we’ve got more guts than they have or ever will have. We’re not just going to shoot the bastards, we’re going to rip out their living goddamned guts and use them to grease the treads of our tanks. We’re going to murder those lousy Hun cocksuckers by the bushel-fucking-basket”.
Here’s the famous quip of tough Bulacan Police Provincial Director Senior Superintendent Romeo Caramat:


July 27, 2016 at 5:36 pm Leave a comment

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