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I won't tolerate smuggling,
influence peddling: PNoy

President Benigno Aquino yesterday said smuggling and influence peddling is not okay, and will not be tolerated by his administration.

The president was reacting to reports that former Assistant Transportation Secretary Virginia Torres, one of his shooting buddies, showed up at the Customs-Intelligence Group (IG) office on Aug. 20 allegedly to negotiate for the release of at least 64 shipping containers of smuggled Thai sugar worth more than P100 million.

Torres allegedly dropped the name of President Aquino and suggested that the proceeds from the sale of the illegally imported sugar would be used in the 2016 elections..moremoremore

DBM sets guidelines
for NIR offices


The Department of Budget and Management guidelines for the creation of the Negros Island Region regional offices are expected to be released this week, former Negros Occidental Gov. Rafael Coscolluela said yesterday.

The guidelines are important as they will be used as the basis by the national line agencies for the establishment of their regional offices, Coscolluela, Provincial Consultant on Investment Promotions, Trade and Export Development, and Inter-Agency Coordination, said.

The creation of the regional offices may miss the October 1 deadline set by the Office of the President by a couple of weeks, he said. moremoremore


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‘Close coordination needed
to track flow of illegal drugs'

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency regional director Jeffey Bangsa stressed that close coordination among law enforcement units is imperative to track down the flow of drugs because syndicates have managed to compartmentalize their operations that even members of the organized group themselves are not known to each other while remitting to one group through a local bank every Monday or Friday.

Bangsa issued this statement following Monday's entrapment operation, that led to the arrest of a suspected Level 2 drug pusher, identified as Josephine Bantilan Cabasag, who was the alleged consignee of some P3.5 million worth of “shabu”, the shipment of which was intercepted late Sunday at the Dumaguete-Sibulan airport.

Bangsa said Monday's operation further confirmed findings that drug personalities inside the New Bilibid Prisons are controlling the flow of drugs everywhere in the country. moremoremore