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Hope and life emerge amid drug war deaths

A MEDAL AND A ROSARY. These are the precious gifts that Cebu Archbishop Jose  Palma gave to each of the  25 drug surrenderers who, after six months, cleaned themselves of drug addiction and graduated from the barangay-based drug rehabilitation program. The event was commemorated with a Mass officiated by Palma at the San Roque Parish in Barangay Subangdaku, Mandaue City.

They surrendered and lived to tell their stories. And to these men and women who, only months ago, could not even imagine giving up a life of drugs, it was a day like no other. Wearing green shirts with a scripture text proclaiming a rebirth in Christ, at least 25 individuals who were once enslaved […]

Posted: February 17th, 2017 in Featured Stories,Headlines | Read More »

Councilman nabbed for drugs at checkpoint


A BARANGAY councilman was arrested for illegal drug possession at a checkpoint in Barangay Inuburan, Naga City at 10 p.m. last Wednesday. Senior Insp. Adrian Nalua of the Naga City police said police found several sachets of shabu from 33-year-old councilman Kister John Abangan and his 32-year-old companion Gerarld Geonson worth P6,000. The two men […]

Posted: February 16th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

PDEA in Cebu seizes P6M shabu hidden inside a one-kilo tinfoil tea bag made in China

(PDEA-7) confiscated more than 1 kilo of suspected shabu from Rogello Romo which has an estimated value of P6 million in Lapu-Lapu City.  (PHOTO BY JUNIE MENDOZA)

Agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Visayas (PDEA-7) arrested a suspected drug supplier in an operation in Barangay Agus, Lapu-Lapu City past 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Rogelio Romo, 56, did not resis arrest. Recovered from his possession were one kilo of shabu valued at P6 million, two digital weighing scales, assorted drug […]

Posted: February 16th, 2017 in Breaking | Read More »


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Yogi Felimon Ruiz 

The rape of a four-month-old baby in Carcar City, southern Cebu last Wednesday led authorities to uncover not just the dastardly act of the drug-crazed suspect but also the operations of a high-value drug target believed to have supplied the rape suspect with illegal drugs for his recreation. Elmer Padin, 47, former councilman of Barangay […]

Posted: February 13th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »


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  A drug suspect who fled during a buy bust operation on Sunday, surrendered hours later to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Central Visayas, fearing for his life. Rex Sebumit was the subject of the PDEA-7 operation but fled upon sensing that he was transacting with government agents. “Action natog hamag sa ilahang […]

Posted: February 13th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

Tining starts serving 90-day suspension

Tining Martinez III

Provincial board member Celestino “Tining” Martinez has started serving his 90-day suspension on Monday. His suspension was in connection with the alleged misuse of P15 million in pork barrel funds intended for an anti-drug abuse program of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP). According to Cebu vice governor Agnes Magpale, her office received the […]

Posted: February 13th, 2017 in Breaking | Read More »

Drug suspect who evaded arrest, surrenders


An alleged drug pusher surrendered on Sunday night after he evaded arrest during a buy-bust operation conducted by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Visayas (PDEA 7) earlier that day. According to PDEA 7 director Yogi Felimon Ruiz, Rex Sebumit is a high value target who can dispose 50 grams of illegal drugs a […]

Posted: February 13th, 2017 in Breaking | Read More »

CCPO: No drug deaths since January


Months before Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa yanked the police out of the war on drugs, there has been no death related to police anti-drug operations in Cebu City. Since late last year, no drug-related killing occurred during operations by the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), said Senior Supt. […]

Posted: February 12th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

Palma: Healing, right way to address drug addiction

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma officiates Mass at the Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in Barangay Punta Princesa, also marking the parish’s 65th fiesta celebration.

Healing, not punishment or death is the solution to drug addiction. Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma said this is the right approach in fighting the drug menace. “Drug addiction is more of a mental sickness. The solution to address it is not punishment or death. The right approach is healing,” said Palma in a Mass he […]

Posted: February 11th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

Explain drug den near Carreta hall, chief told


CARRETA Barangay Captain Eduardo Lauron was asked to explain why a drug den was operating right behind the barangay hall. Director Yogi Filemon Ruiz of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Visayas (PDEA-7) sent a letter to Lauron on Thursday, and Ruiz was expecting a response within three days. “The drug den is located […]

Posted: February 10th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »