The retraction of self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa has no impact on the pending drug-related charges against detained Senator Leila de Lima, Malacañang said on Friday.“While Kerwin Espinosa appears to have recanted his allegations against Senator Leila de Lima,… Read More
MANILA –The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Friday said it will leave to the court decision in connection with alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa’s statement recanting his claims against detained Senator Leila de Lima in the Illegal drugs trade activities inside the New Bilibid… Read More
MANILA – The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday said the prosecution is scheduled to present its last three witnesses on May 16 on the drug charges against jailed Senator Leila de Lima.The witnesses do not include self-confessed drug lord Rolan “Kerwin” Espinosa, who has… Read More
Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa on Saturday said he fully support the flagship “peace and order” programs of Santo Tomas Mayor Ernesto Evangelista including the war on illegal drugs, corruption, and fight against the insurgency, criminality.
“Para kang Tatay Erning ng Santo Tomas..suportado ko po ang iyong program against corruption, criminality, lalong-lalo na ang [campaign] anti-drugs mo diyan. Supportado ko po yan lahat. Good luck po, Tatay Erning. Amping diha…,” Dela Rosa said in a 23-second video sent to Mayor Ernesto Evangelista himself.
Dela Rosa, a former police chief, was the implementer of Duterte administration’s flagship campaign against illegal drugs.
In response, Evangelista thanked the good senator for praising his various peace and order campaigns and advocacies bannered under his administration’s “Aksyon Ang Solusyon” program.
“Salamat sa words of support gikan kay Senator Dela Rosa. Dako kining encouragement sa atong mga kapulisan, BPLKs, kasundaluhan, ug uban pang sectoral groups na nahimo natong partners para mas epektibo ang atong pag-implementar sa mga program batok corruption, insurgency, criminality ug uban pa. Tungod sa liderato sa atong mahal na President Duterte atong gisugdan ang anti-illegal drug war dinhi sa Santo Tomas aron atong matabangan ang katawhan malayo sa druga,” Evangelista said.
Evangelista , Dela Rosa and President Duterte were partymates under the ruling party Partido Demokratiko ng Pilipinas-Lakas ng Bayan( PDP-Laban) last May 9, 2019 general elections.
Evangelista then recalled that he met Dela Rosa back in 2019 in Davao in one of PDP-Laban’s gathering where he gave an update about the government’s anti-illegal drug campaign.
“Actually, daghan ko og natun-an sa iyaha. Pareha man mi pulis pero dako ang nahimong tabang sa Oplan Tokhang na iyang gisugdan. In fact sa Santo Tomas, katong naa sa Oplan Tokhang, ginapasulod nato sa usa ka aftercare program kon CBRAP kay para mahatagan og bag-ong chance ang mga drug surrenderees apil ang duha ka kapitan ug uban pang naa sa gobyerno na mag bag-o,” he said.
He added that he would further strengthen his war on criminals, illegal drugs, corruption, insurgency as the people of Santo Tomas deserve to live a comfortable, safe, and a peaceful life.
Evangelista is in Manila as of press time for an official business. Part of his itinerary is to meet PDEA Director General Wilkins M Villanueva to discuss the Santo Tomas LGU’s CBRAP Program and other matters relative to his administration’s campaign on illegal drugs.
HNP wants Bello’s involvement in illegal drug trade probed
Bello is a narco-politician in a way that he withheld information crucial in the government’s anti-drug campaign
The Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) finds vice presidential aspirant Walden Bello as a “threat” to the government’s anti-illegal drug campaign, following his recent claims that Davao City is the “drug-center” of the southern part of the Philippines.
“HNP takes this information seriously as a regional party with incumbent elected official members who want to strengthen our coordination with law enforcement agencies fighting the proliferation of prohibited drugs,” said the HNP, chaired by the vice presidential aspirant and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, in a statement on Monday.
The HNP was alarmed by Bello’s claim that “he apparently holds information” on the illegal drug trading in Davao City, but, “deliberately kept it from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).” Read More
SANTO TOMAS, Davao del Norte (March 4, 2022)—A total of 355 persons who used drugs (PUWDs) have chosen to revitalize their personal lives after undergoing a Community-Based Rehabilitation Aftercare Program (CBRAP) being implemented by the administration of Mayor Ernesto “Tatay Erning” Evangelista.
“Kining CBRAP dako kini mahimong tabang sa mga drug reformists nato dinhi sa atong lungsod kay mahatagan sila og bagong opportunidad na ma-reintegrate sa atong komunidad ug ilahang ma-rebuild ang ilahang mga kinabuhi na layo sa dautang impluwensya sa illegal na druga,” Mayor Ernesto Evangelista said.
CBRAP is spearheaded by the Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council (MADAC) which operates in various barangays in this municipality.READ MORE
Instead of focusing on putting the drug dealers and users in prison, vice presidential aspirant Willie Ong on Wednesday urged the government to treat the war on drugs as public health concern. Ong, a cardiologist, said the war on drugs should be science-based and that the government… Read More
The issue of alleged drug addiction of presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has resurfaced as a hot item in media interviews as the former senator hit the campaign trail in the race to Malacanang in the 2022 May elections.
The alleged addiction to high-end drug cocaine of the son of the late dictator President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. was first dished out by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte, whose 6-year term was highlighted by a vicious war against drugs that left a bloody trail of thousands of dead casualties, mostly from the poor sector.
“Hindi ako puwede sa ganyan.(That is a no for me)”, Bongbong said when asked if he has ever used drugs even in his youth, during an interview with DZRH radio onMonday, January 24.
Drug addition is only for the jobless and those with nothing to do, he said.“Masyado akong maraming ginagawa, the lifestyle – that kind of lifestyle, para sa mga walang ginagawa, sa walang trabaho.”
If he is elected president, Bongbong said he would not take a violent route in his war against illegal drugs. Critics say Duterte’s bloody drug war targeted small-time drug users and has killed over 30,000 Filipinos, mostly poor.
On Tuesday, January 25, in a separate interview, Bongbong told entertainment host Boy Abunda that his war on drugs would focus on a strategy where rehabilitation is given premium and “addicts are treated like patients in need of a cure.”
Bongbong said his drug war would hunt down big-time dealers, and not the poor into drug use, adding that drug use “only becomes a crime when you’re involved in the sale.”