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Friday, 08 July 2016 13:23

Sound Snipes

BY Jimmy Cabato

Triple Seven (777) is the mark of patriarch of the Lenin chain of various stores

Ramon Genghis Gan, the conqueror. Today, is a red letter for the family. Monggueh as he is fondly called by friends is celebrating his natal day. And this explains his 777 mark — This is the 7th day of the 7th month in the lunar calendar, and was born in 1947

At daytime, he says, yes it’s his birthday but nearing the close of day, it will be a beerday.

From the Cabinet to the Chairman — Happy birth today and happy beerday tonight!

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More and more city government employees prove to be illegal drug-takers. This time, three employees of the Office of City Environment and Natural Resources assigned at the Lumbangan dumpsite were arrested while three others escaped during a recent buy-bust operation.

Arrested were Nonimar Francisco Juan, 24, James Faustino Fernandez, 25, both of Salaan, OCENR contractual employees and Romeo Jimenez Campilis, Jr., 45, married, regular employee.

The operation was conducted by Policemen led by Chief Insp. Arlan Delumpines conducted on Jovy Del Rosario of Salaan who managed to escape along with a certain Jung-Jung and Nonito Araneta, similarly OCENR employees.

Alarmed over these developments, Cong. Celso L. Lobregat called on local authorities to mount more drug tests on other employees, at the same urging national office heads to do the same.

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It’s D-day in Baliwasan for the first batch of volunteer drug surrenderees, who were earlier herded to the madrasa building in Seaside for briefing and pep talk. New Barangay Chair Aimie is initiating a gathering with them and possibly in the company of yet other drug offenders at 5 pm at the Baliwsan Open Court.

There will be some more persuasive talks and in the end know of their final decision.

Incidentally, the actual status of that individual of Baliwasan arrested the other day in a drug buy-bust operation, reported as a  barangay tanod is yet undetermined as Boday, Aimie an d I still held no talks. But he is the No. 1 listed volunteer drug surrenderee. This was confirmed to Aimie by both P/Sup Diomarie Albarico, PS 11 Chief and P/SI Elmer Solon PS 4 Chief.

Too bad for him, the long arm of the law caught up with him before he was to avail of government assistance.

And this will serve as an eye-opener to reluctant volunteer surrenderees. Give up before landing in Jail.

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Police intelligence operatives are now monitoring at least four big time drug lords and suppliers in Zamboanga City. Pending action, the police are keeping their identities under wraps. According to Police Regional Office 9 director Chief Supt. Billy Beltran, they were named by drug offenders who already surrendered in the various barangays.

Beltran expressed hopes that just like the users, it would be much better if they will surrender.

Beltran expects the number of identified drug lords and suppliers to increase in the coming days as herds of drug users are submitting themselves for rehabilitation.

He commended the station commanders and barangay officials for the multitude of drug offenders who have already surrendered.

He urged other police officials to double their efforts in identifying the drug pushers and users in their area of jurisdiction for the conduct of Oplan Tokhang.

Tolkhang. That’s a new one, huh.

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Only yesterday, we wrote of the Tiglao nosey observation that practically all police drug operations were limited to the small frys.

But it’s likely now, the operations is shifting to bigger scopes. Operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) arrested three Taiwanese nationals and seized more than P1.4 billion worth of shabu, chemicals and laboratory equipment at a clandestine drug laboratory in Las Piñas City and a warehouse in Parañaque on Tuesday night.

So as is evident, the switch is from the street pushers to drug lords, and from slums to posh Las Piñas and  BF Homes, Parañaque City in large warehouses.

The three arrested suspects are Shi Ming Tsai, Kuo Chuan Cheng and Chun Ming Lin.

Tsai and Cheng, both suspected chemists, were arrested in a house that was turned into a shabu laboratory.

After the successful operation, PDEA agents also dismantled a shabu storage facility located at BF Homes, Parañaque City at around 7:30 p.m.

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So, unknown to most, the military has been shelling positions of the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Basilan as the group tried to attack a barangay whose residents reportedly resisted and engaged them in a firefight, a military official disclosed on Tuesday.

Maj. Filemon Tan, spokesman for the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) Western Mindanao Command, said the military had yet to do a battle assessment as the pounding near Barangay Magkawa in Al-Barka, Basilan, continued on Tuesday.

The firefight, he added, exposed the positions of the bandit group to the military, which immediately attacked with artillery bunkers established by the ASG.

The AFP official said that at first, only the group of Furuji Indama, one of the leaders of the ASG, was sighted but later they allegedly joined forces with the group of Isnilon Hapilon, another leader of the terrorist group, who was recently reported to have been named head of terrorist groups in Southeast Asia by Abu Baker al-Baghdadi, the caliph of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria or ISIS.

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As the three active Police Generals named as  drug lord coddlers have gone to see PNP Director Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, now Daanbantayan Town Mayor in Cebu, Ret. Chief Supt. Vicente Loot is looking to meet with Pres. Digong Duterte.

Loot was one of the richest police officers in the Philippine National Police (PNP) with a net worth of more than P100 million. He justified his pieces of property as acquisitions through bank loans and other “legal means”.

Aside from his house in Daanbantayan, his family also owned 18 houses mostly in Mandaue City, Cebu, which he had rented out, a cockpit arena and five luxury vehicles.

On the other hand, another tagged protector Chief Supt. Bernardo Diaz, on the other hand, kept a low-key lifestyle when he was director of the Police Regional Office in Western Visayas (PRO-6) for almost a year.

Several police officials were surprised that Diaz was implicated in illegal drugs because the police general was vocal against his anger against illegal drugs which he said had victimized his family members.

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Now that he has access to the state’s vast intelligence network, except President Rodrigo Duterte to reveal more names of police officers involved in illegal drug syndicates in the coming days, .

Duterte has a long list of names for a second wave of revelations, from the rank of Police Officer 1 to Senior Superintendent, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronaldo “Bato” de la Rosa told reporters on Wednesday after meeting with three of five police generals earlier linked by the President to the drug trade.

His intelligence information on some police officials’ links to illegal drugs came from no less than the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (USDEA).

Another police intelligence officer said the PNP already has a list of 1,500 policemen suspected of having links to illegal drug syndicates.