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An alleged high-value drug lord—Melvin Odicta Sr.—and his wife Meriam Regalado Odicta were killed by unknown assassins while they were lea­ving the Caticlan Jetty Port in Malay, Aklan, early Monday morning. Odicta, also known as “Dragon,” was on the watch list of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) as one…

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CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga: Anti-drug authorities intercepted two kilos of high- grade cocaine estimated at P16 million and arrested an American citizen at the Clark International Airport here on Sunday night. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Luzon (PDEA 3) Regional Director Emerson Margate identified the suspect as Alan Sohoo, 58,…

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ILAGAN CITY, Isabela: The Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) here said El Niño damaged close to P1 billion-worth of agricultural crops in 23 towns in the province. PAO chief Danilo Tumamao said data released to the media indicating more than P966-million worth of damaged corn and palay (unmilled rice) was verified…

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TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte: The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has listed 839 drug-affected villages in Eastern Visayas as of the third week of August this year, representing 19 percent of the region’s total number of villages. About 361 villages affected by the drug menace are in Leyte, 219 in Southern…

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CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija: ”Thou shalt not kill… on a Sunday.” This August, at least, the police blotter here showed no drug-related killings reported on Sundays. The officers noted this during the weekly command conference. Copies of the blotters regularly sent through e-mail to all concerned, including the local media…

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SAN RAFAEL, Bulacan: The bodies of two pilots – Retired Colonel Miguel Logronio and and Jay Gregorio – and their wrecked helicopter (RPC2688), which was reported missing a week ago were found in Sitio Macua, Barangay Kabayunan in Doña Remedio Trinidad town here on Saturday afternoon. Troops led by 2nd…

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SOUTH Koreans topped the list of wanted foreigners hiding in the Philippines to avoid arrest in their country of origin, according to the Bureau of Immigration (BI). The bureau’s Fugitive Search Unit (FSU) showed that of the 98 foreign fugitives arrested from January to August 10, 2016 most of them…

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A MAN alleged to be an informant of the police was shot dead by an unknown assailant Sunday in Santa Cruz, Manila. The body of Rommel Baba was found in front of a convenient store along Tayuman Street. He bore a gunshot in the head. Senior Police Officer 1 Roderick…

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COTABATO CITY: The Philippine National Police here is convinced that the explosion that rocked the Traffic Management Office (TMO) on Saturday night could be a diversionary tactic or an attempt to free detainees from Cotabato City Police Station 1 detention cell. Senior Insp. Roel Zafra, Cotabato City police spokesman, on…

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SAN Juan City, Metro Manila: The city’s drug dependents who volunteered to be rehabilitated are now undergoing a 60-day rehabilitation program in the villages here, according to Vice Mayor Janella Ejercito-Estrada, head of the city anti-drug abuse council. The rehabilitation program was launched on August in Barangay West Crame with…

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