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Rappler's latest stories on magnetic lifters


Finding Acierto

May 06, 2019 - 8:07 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Veteran anti-drug operator Eduardo 'Jojo' Acierto hides from a government that's out to get him. What drives him?

Interview with Eduardo Acierto

DOJ indicts ex-cop Acierto over magnetic lifters shabu case

Apr 17, 2019 - 6:16 PM

Dismissed PDEA deputy chief Ismael Fajardo and resigned customs intel officer Jimmy Guban are also indicted for drug importation

INDICTED. Controversial ex-cop Eduardo Acierto is indicted for drug importation over intercepted magnetic lifters which were found to have contained shabu in 2018. File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

The week in photos: March 2-8, 2019

Mar 09, 2019 - 6:34 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

FESTIVAL PREPS. A Nepali sadhu (Hindu holy man) applies face paint near the Pashupatinath temple during the Hindu festival Maha Shivaratri in Kathmandu on March 4, 2019. Photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP

Whistleblower Mangaoang returns as Customs X-ray chief

Jan 10, 2019 - 12:22 AM

(UPDATED) Lourdes Mangaoang is back in the X-ray department of the Bureau of Customs

Former Customs X-ray chief Lourdes Mangaoang during the Congress hearing on shabu smuggling inside the BOC on October 24, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte to Lapeña and Aquino: Stop blaming each other

Oct 24, 2018 - 6:51 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte praises his two appointees but admits illegal drugs got past both of them

Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena (left) and PDEA Director Aaron Aquino on September 27, 2018, during the Committee on Dangerous Drugs hearing in Congress into the P6.8 billion worth of shabu smuggled into the country from China and Taiwan. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lapeña changes tune: I believe magnetic lifters contained drugs

Oct 24, 2018 - 5:18 PM

(UPDATED) 'Talagang may nakalusot nga. But of course, ito ay, it was a very sophisticated way of shipment ng mga drug syndicates,' says Bureau of Customs chief Isidro Lapeña

CHANGE OF TUNE. Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapenña at the House of Representatives. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Customs X-ray inspector insists magnetic lifters empty

Oct 24, 2018 - 12:15 PM

John Mar Morales contradicts the claims of his ex-boss Lourdes Mangaoang, who said the lifters contained 'things'

X-RAY VETERAN. John Mar Morales at the House probe into the missing illegal drugs on October 24, 2018. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Customs relieves X-ray inspectors who cleared magnetic lifters

Oct 23, 2018 - 7:18 PM

They were not sacked because the reason they allowed the filters to pass through was they didn't find shabu in them

EMPTY? PDEA agents secure four empty magnetic scrap lifters, similar to the two abandoned inside a 40-foot container at the MICP with an estimated 500 kilos of Shabu, inside a warehouse in Cavite on August 10, 2018. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Lapeña cries foul as PDEA boosts theory P6.8-B shabu slipped past Customs

Oct 20, 2018 - 7:55 PM

PDEA chief Aaron Aquino offers analysis of 'oversupply' and a match test, but Customs chief Isidro Lapeña says they are imprudent speculations

Customs commissioner Isidro Lapena at the hearing of the suspected shabu shipment from Malaysia. September 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Former X-ray chief: BOC did not follow SOP in scanning magnetic lifters

Sep 26, 2018 - 2:21 PM

The former X-ray chief of the Bureau of Customs says the current operators did not follow the SOP for X-rays that would have led to the physical examination of the magnetic lifters

LAPSES? Customs commissioner Isidro Lapena at the hearing of the suspected shabu shipment from Malaysia. September 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gordon on magnetic lifters: 'May laman!'

Sep 26, 2018 - 12:36 PM

Senator Richard Gordon is inclined to believe that the magnetic lifters were packed with drugs, as claimed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

SHABU SHIPMENT. Senator Richard Gordon at the investigation of the recent alleged shabu shipment contained in the magnetic lifters. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Shabu in lifters, burned bags, Ryan Gosling | Evening wRap

Aug 30, 2018 - 10:07 PM

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Empty or shabu-packed? X-ray scans of magnetic lifters revealed

Aug 30, 2018 - 9:01 PM

The House committee on dangerous drugs publishes X-ray scans taken by the Bureau of Customs

SCANS PUBLISHED. Photos courtesy of House Committee on Dangerous Drugs

PDEA chief insists magnetic lifters in Cavite contained shabu

Aug 30, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino tags as 'unfair' criticisms being hurled at him that he was wrong in announcing the magnetic lifters contained illegal drugs

DRUG CONTAINERS? PDEA agents secure 4 empty magnetic scrap lifters inside a warehouse in Cavite on August 10, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Customs stops more magnetic lifters, says none carry shabu

Aug 15, 2018 - 8:10 PM

After performing two x-ray scans and scrutiny from sniffer dogs, the Bureau of Customs concludes the lifters are empty of illegal drugs

SEIZED. Two magnetic lifters are put on hold by the Bureau of Customs after they were allegedly misdeclared by its consignee. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler