Grab Express rider helps seize Php1.5M in party drugs

A GrabExpress driver partner has been instrumental in the reported seizing of some PhP 1.5M worth of party drugs and the arrest of two college students for violation of RA9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act in Makati earlier this week.

According to Atty. Nicka Hosaka, Grab Public Affairs Manager,

the GrabExpress driver became suspicious when the suspects refused to open the package that was supposed to be sent to Bonifacio Global City. This prompted the GrabExpress driver to deliver the package straight to the police station instead.

Grab commends the vigilance of the GrabExpress driver and his immediate decision to report his suspicions to the authorities.

Grab, together with its government agency partners – PNP and PDEA, is firm in its commitment to prevent the use of the platform for delivering illegal narcotics and other questionable items. Grab continues to engage its driver partners to be alert and vigilant of suspicious activities in the performance of their duties, to help promote a drug-free and crime-free Philippines.

NoCot holds unity walk week before start of campaign period

Candidates, Comelec officials, the police and military, and other sectors of the society held a Unity Walk and Integrity Pledge inside the provincial capitol in Amas, Kidapawan City Saturday morning, March 23.

The activity was spearheaded by the Philippine National Police and attended by candidates from various political parties.

North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza, who is now running for the vice-gubernatorial post, was in attendance along with all other candidates of the Nacionalista Party and the PDP-Laban.

Gubernatorial candidates Mayor Roger Taliño of Carmen and Cong. Nancy Cotamco were not present during the activity.

After the unity walk, candidates were made to affix their signatures in the Integrity Pledge Wall to signify their intention for a honest, orderly, and peaceful elections.

White doves were also released by the attendees at the end part of the program.



Grab denies blocking entry of Go-Jek

We are issuing this statement in response to the article published by Rappler last March 21, 2019 bylined by Ms Aika Rey entitled: “Is Tugade blocking Go-Jek’s entry into the Philippines because of Grab?”.

Grab has the utmost respect for Secretary Tugade and the officials of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). We, in no way, undermine their mandate and the trust given to them by the President by seeking special preference or partisanship in favor of our business.

Over the past years that we have been operating in the Philippines, Grab has willfully invested over USD 164M with the aim of helping ease socio-economic painpoints on transport, modernization, and empowering micro-entrepreneurs- all while remaining faithful, compliant, and respectful to regulators and policy-makers of our industry.

We will continue to demonstrate our compliance as a fair and law-abiding corporation operating in the Philippines. We encourage everyone – both existing and incoming market players, to remain faithful to the procedures and the regulations set by the government.

The article questions the integrity of Sec. Tugade, while it also undermines all the hard work that Grab and the other TNCs have done to be part of this sector.

Rappler or Ms. Rey, did not in any way, reach out to Grab or to any of its officials to get Grab’s side or take on the issue. We respectfully ask the people behind this news agency to carefully consider their actions and ensure fair, objective, and unprejudiced news reporting.

We also enjoin the people to inquire beyond stories, and be critical of how news platforms may be used to sow intrigue and distraction and discount the hard work that private and public sectors put into improving our daily lives as Filipinos.

Leo Gonzales, Public Affairs Head

AFP Sustain Security Operations Ensures Peace and Development in the Communities

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City – Three encounters transpired in different areas of Eastern Mindanao as units under Eastern Mindanao Command sustains the conduct of security operations in their respective area of jurisdiction. For the past two days, troops of EMC averted CPP-NPA Terrorist Group evil plan in conducting atrocities against the communities.

Troops from 3rd Infantry Battalion (IB) encountered an undetermined number of the CPP-NPA Terrorist Group (CNTG) members along the periphery of Barangay Tambobong, Baguio District, Davao City in the morning of March 22, 2019.

In a report rendered by Ltc. Oscar Partuza, Battalion Commander of 3IB the encounter transpired while the troops are on the process of validating the information of the presence of CNTG members in the aforementioned area. The five-minute firefight resulted in the death of one CNTG member and the capture of one M16 rifle and one cal. 45 pistol. No troop was reported to have been hurt or killed during the firefight.

In a separate report made by Lieutenant Colonel Allen Raymund Tomas, Commanding Officer 30IB a platoon from his unit led by First Lieutenant Jonel G. Castillo encountered CNTG members along Upper Sangay, Brgy Anomar, Surigao City, Surigao Del Norte in the morning of March 21, 2019.

The incident resulted in the death of one CNTG member, the capture of one M16 rifle, recovery of three International Humanitarian Law banned anti-personnel landmine, landmine paraphernalia, and other CNTG belongings.

The killed CNTG cadaver was brought to Nilo Funeral Homes, in Brgy Luna, Surigao City for proper disposition and identification.

In the afternoon of the same day, another encounter transpired at the outskirt of So Bulak, Brgy Lower Olave, Buenavista, Agusan Del Norte between the patrolling troops of 30IB under Ltc Francisco Molina and an undetermined number of CNTG members.

No casualty was reported during the said skirmish.

Meanwhile, Lt. General Felimon T. Santos Jr., Commander Eastern Mindanao Command reiterated his directive to sustain the operations against the terrorist and prevent them from conducting atrocities that will hamper the socio-cultural and economic endeavor in the communities.

“While we are facilitating the resolution of issues and concern of our communities particularly those in the Conflict Affected Areas together with our partner Local Government Units, government and non- government agencies and organizations, let us sustain our security operations and not allow them to continue with their anti-development and anti-people terroristic act and plan as openly announce by Joma Sison to conduct attacks against our troops and communities and establishments.” Lt. Gen Santos Jr. said.

TWO MEN COLLARED FOR OPLAN PAGLALANSAG OMEGA OPLAN SALIKOP

One Time Big Time simultaneous implementation of two (2) Search Warrant. SW # 2056 and 2057)

On or about 4:30 in the morning of March 21, 2019 elements of CIDG RFU11 Davao City Field Unit led by PCI Milgrace C Driz in coordination with Calinan Police Station and with the overall supervision of PSupt Edilberto Leonardo, Regional Chief CIDG RFU11 implemented a Search Warrant at Brgy Talomo River, Calinan District, Davao City and R. Magsasay St., Brgy Calinan Poblacion, Calinan District, Davao city against 1.)PHEL VILLAVER ESTIGOS (SW # 2056) resident of Brgy Talomo River, Calinan District, Davao City

2.) ANTHONY GOZO PANTINOPLE (SW# 2057) resident of

R. Magsasay St., Brgy Calinan Poblacion, Calinan District, Davao city.

The conducted simultaneous implementation of Two (2) Search Warrant with SW # 2056 and SW #2057 all issued by Hon. EMMANUEL C. CARPIO, Executive Judge, RTC Branch 16, Davao City, dated March 19, 2019 that resulted in the arrest of the two (2) above mention arrested persons. We have learned that pantinople, subject person is a Gun Club member and possessing a firearm with unrenwed and have several times cautioned due to some troubles in their place that prompt the subject to show up his gun cal .45 pistol, he is also known selling firearms as he is a gun enthusiast. Meanwhile Estigoy the other subject was learned to be selling firearms too.

We are on our strong campaign against loose firearms as we implement the Gun Ban, Martiel Law and RA 10591 other wise known as the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunitions and Providing Penalties thereof. Furthe, they will be facing facing charges against this law.

Confiscated from their possession and control were to wit:

1. From PHIL VILLAVER ESTIGOY

a. one (1) unit .38 caliver revolver

b. Five (5) pcs live ammunation for caliber .38

2. From ANTHONY GOZO PANTINOPLE

a. One (1) unit Caliber .45 pistol with serial no. 1158891, Armscor:

b. Two (2) pcs magazine for caliber .45:

c. Thirteen (13) pcs live ammunations for caliber .45 pistol:

d. One (1) pc black inside holster.

Further information revealed Subject arrested persons were identified member of AVILA CG ingaged in gun running and peddling of illegal drugs in the area of Calinan and neighboring areas of Davao City.

We are urging the public to immediately report to CIDG Davao City through our hotline number 0946 064 2468 any violations perataining to Special Laws and other Laws in violations of the Revised Penal Code of the Philppines to include Crime of Economic Sabotage. We can not do this alone without your help and cooperation.