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DOJ summons Jacky Co over P1.8-B shabu shipment

Jun 18, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The Department of Justice has directed suspected Chinese drug lord Jacky Co and 16 others to respond to the criminal complaint filed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

SEIZED. Authorities present to the media around 400 kilos of methamphetamine (shabu) worth P 1.8 billion seized at the Manila International Container Port on March 22, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

PDEA files charges vs Jacky Co, 16 others over P1.8-B shabu shipment

May 31, 2019 - 2:20 PM

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino says the filing of charges 'will serve as a warning to those individuals, especially to government employees, who extend assistance in drug trafficking'

CHARGES FILED. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on May 31, 2019, files charges before the Department of Justice against 17 people in connection with the P1.8-billion shabu shipment intercepted at the Manila International Container Port in March 2019. PDEA photo

Customs, PDEA failed to detect P1-B shabu in Manila port

May 30, 2019 - 4:06 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Documents show PDEA and BOC failed to flag a drug-packed January 2019 shipment. They put it up for auction in April, then found illegal drugs in it after 'raiding' its buyer in May.

DRUG SHIPMENT. Drugs worth P1 billion are not found by the PDEA and the BOC when they scanned a shipment of tapioca starch and aluminum pallets before placing them for auction. BOC photo

Chinese behind P1.8-B shabu escapes PH authorities via PAL, NAIA

May 30, 2019 - 11:52 AM

Blacklisted Chinese man Zhijian Xu, also known as Jacky Co, escapes through NAIA, baffling police chief-turned-senator Panfilo Lacson

SEIZED. Around 276 kilos of shabu worth P1.8 billion are seized by Customs and anti drug agents at Manila North Harbor in Manila on March 22, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

P1 billion worth of shabu seized in Malabon warehouse

May 24, 2019 - 7:33 PM

PDEA chief Aaron Aquino believes the shabu came from Cambodia, and is managed by the notorious Golden Triangle drug syndicate

BIG HAUL. The PDEA and Bureau of Customs presents to the members of the media the 146 kilos of shabu worth P 1 billion seized at Goldwin Commercial Warehouse in Malabon City. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Marikina police seize some P80,000 shabu from two suspects

May 01, 2019 - 1:34 PM

A tip from an informant leads to the arrest Monday night in Tumana, Marikina

BUY-BUST. Marikina police account the substances seized from suspects Ipah Mithonong and Gerry Agun. Photo from Marikina Police

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

Shabu worth P4.8-M seized in Angeles City

Mar 29, 2019 - 5:24 PM

Cops arrest a woman selling a kilogram of shabu during a buy-bust operation in her home in Barangay Balibago, Angeles City

P1.8B worth of shabu intercepted at Manila port

Mar 22, 2019 - 11:14 PM

(UPDATED) The 276 kilos of drugs are hidden in a 40-foot container van that was declared to contain plastic resin

SEIZED. Around 276 kilos of shabu worth P1.8 billion are seized by Customs and anti drug agents at Manila North Harbor in Manila on March 22, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

P1.1-B worth of shabu seized in Ayala Alabang buy-busts

Mar 20, 2019 - 7:33 AM

(UPDATED) PDEA and police arrest Chinese suspects in separate operations at the Alabang Town Center parking lot and in a house in Ayala Alabang Village in Muntinlupa City

SHABU SEIZED. The illegal drugs are found inside biscuit tins believed to be distributed by the Golden Triangle drug syndicate. PDEA photo

Shabu in Southeast Asia at record high – U.N.

Mar 11, 2019 - 1:46 PM

'Seizures of methamphetamine in 2018 were once again a record, yet street prices of the drug decreased in many parts of the region,' says the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

DOJ scolds NBI for 'not studying well' shabu shipment complaint

Feb 22, 2019 - 10:02 AM

The NBI wants to remove Customs Deputy Collector for Operations Michael Vargas from its complaint in connection with a multibillion-peso shabu shipment last year

SHABU CASE. The Department of Justice is hearing a complaint for importation of illegal drugs and graft against Customs officials for the smuggling of multibillion-peso worth shabu. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Feb 12, 2019 - 9:50 PM

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LOOK: P90-M shabu in car parts shipment seized at NAIA

Feb 12, 2019 - 4:48 PM

The Bureau of Customs discovers 13 kilograms of shabu stuffed inside car mufflers shipped from the U.S.

HIDDEN CONTRABAND. Plastics of shabu are packed inside muffler parts from the United States. BOC photo

2 killed, P1.9 billion worth of 'shabu' seized in Cavite

Feb 03, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Police say two suspects believed to be Chinese were killed in a shootout during a drug raid in Tanza, Cavite

BIG HAUL. PNP an PDEA agents seize packs of shabu from a Tanza, Cavite warehouse. PNP photo

Duterte still trusts Lapeña despite NBI graft complaints

Jan 28, 2019 - 2:10 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's basis for continuing to trust TESDA chief Isidro Lapeña? 'Because he (Duterte) knows him personally. He has worked with him and he trusts him,' says Malacañang.

Customs Commissioner Isidro La Pena during hearing in Congress on shabu smuggling inside the BOC on October 24, 2018. Photo by Darren Langir/Rappler

Lapeña faces graft complaints over shabu shipment mess

Jan 24, 2019 - 1:25 PM

This is the first time that complaints are filed against Isidro Lapeña for the billions of pesos worth of shabu which slipped past the Bureau of Customs

COMPLAINT. Former Customs chief Isidro  faces complaints of graft, dereliction of duty and grave misconduct over the multibillion shabu shipment mess. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

Gordon committee recommends charges vs 19 in shabu mess

Dec 17, 2018 - 10:51 PM

The Senate blue ribbon committee pushes for charges against former law enforcers, Customs importers and employees, and suspected Chinese personalities

SHABU SHIPMENT. Senator Richard Gordon presents some documents at the investigation of the recent alleged shabu shipment contained in magnetic lifters found in General Mariano Alvarez, Cavite. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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Dec 14, 2018 - 9:26 PM

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4 Chinese sentenced to life in prison for operating floating shabu lab

Dec 14, 2018 - 3:19 PM

The Olongapo RTC sentences the 4 Hong Kong residents to life imprisonment after they were caught by the PNP near the shore of Subic, Zambales, manufacturing shabu aboard a fishing boat in 2016

Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Group operatives seized a suspected floating shabu laboratory and arrested all four Chinese crew on-board while cruising near Barangay Calapandayan in Subic, Zambales on July 11.

LIST: Over 40 face drug charges for multibillion-peso shabu shipments

Dec 13, 2018 - 6:28 PM

The 40 consist of former and current law enforcers, Customs and importing industry employees, and suspected Chinese personalities

READY FOR COURT. The PDEA formally accuses personalities involved in multibillion-peso shabu shipments of crime before the DOJ. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Shabu-making chemicals seized in Pasig raid

Dec 08, 2018 - 12:23 AM

Police say the location was allegedly owned by a close relative of Philip Jacob Nocum, the tenant occupying a house which turned out to be a shabu laboratory in North Greenhills

RAID. Various equipment and chemicals are seized at a raid in San Juan. Another raid in Pasig led to more chemicals being uncovered. Contirbuted photo

Cops raid shabu lab in North Greenhills

Dec 07, 2018 - 11:26 AM

(UPDATED) The shabu laboratory, discovered in a rented house in the posh San Juan subdivision, is estimated to produce 30 kilos of illegal drugs a week

SHABU LAB. Metro Manila top cop Director Guillermo Eleazar show the media items found in a rented house in North Greenhills, San Juan, that has a shabu laboratory, on December 6, 2018. Photo courtesy of NCRPO

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Dec 03, 2018 - 9:24 PM

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Gordon clears Lapeña of crime in P11-B missing shabu controversy

Dec 03, 2018 - 5:06 PM

'Tinanggal na eh,' says Senator Richard Gordon on former Bureau of Customs chief Isidro Lapeña

NO CRIME? Isidro Lapeña is cleared of criminal charges by Senator Richard Gordon. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Ex-cop, PDEA exec in P11-B shabu controversy missing

Dec 03, 2018 - 4:03 PM

Both have not been seen by their colleagues at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Philippine National Police

MISSING. Dismissed police colonel Eduardo Fajardo (L) and sacked PDEA deputy chief Ismael Fajardo could not be found in their registered homes. Photos by Darren Langit, Ben Nabong, and Rambo Talabong/Rappler

'All circumstances' show magnetic lifters packed with shabu – Barbers

Nov 28, 2018 - 11:21 PM

Lawmakers end the investigation after 5 hearings eyeing recommendations to the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act and possible charges against liable officials

Former BOC Commissioner and now TESDA Sec. Isidro Lapena (left) with Congressman Ace Barbers (center) on Wednesday, November, 29, 2018, during the House of Representatives probe into the P11 billion missing shabu. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Biazon on shabu smuggling: 'Is PDEA clean?'

Nov 28, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Lawmakers raise the possibility that more Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency officials may be implicated in drug smuggling

QUESTIONED. PDEA chief Aaron Aquino on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, attends the House committee on dangerous drugs continues probe into P6.8-Billion shabu smuggling in Bureau of Customs. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House panel questions credibility of Customs X-ray inspector

Nov 28, 2018 - 5:05 PM

Lawmakers are dissatisfied with the way Bureau of Customs X-ray inspector John Mar Morales rescanned images of magnetic lifters

Brother-in-law of Martin Diño arrested for selling shabu

Nov 23, 2018 - 4:58 PM

Marikina police say the brother-in-law of the DILG undersecretary was selling shabu inside a house that was raided by authorities

Newly appointed DILG undersecretary, former Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority chairman Martin Diño. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Gordon warns BOC’s Guerrero: Beware of ‘treacherous’ customs

Nov 22, 2018 - 6:27 PM

The senator shows newly-appointed Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero a photo of PDEA officials partying with an ex-cop supposedly involved in billion-peso shabu shipments

WARNING. Senator Richard Gordon gives newly appointed BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero words of advise. Photo of Rey by Darren Langit, Photo of Gordon by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gordon cites 4 witnesses in contempt over absence at shabu probe

Nov 22, 2018 - 3:11 PM

Senator Richard Gordon says the witnesses, including dismissed cop Eduardo Acierto and sacked PDEA official Ismael Fajardo, face arrest if they skip the next Senate hearing

ABSENT. Senator Richard Gordon wants those involved in the probe into the P11 billion missing shabu brought to the Senate for the next hearing. Graphics by Ken Bautista; Photos by Angie de Silva, Ben Nabong, and Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Barbers clears Lapeña in shabu smuggling

Nov 12, 2018 - 2:26 PM

The chairperson of the House committee on dangerous drugs says command responsibility does not apply to former customs chief Isidro Lapeña either

MOVING ON. Amid the shabu smuggling controversy, President Rodrigo Duterte moves customs chief Isidro Lapena (left) to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, giving him a Cabinet-rank position. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

House to summon sacked cops, Customs broker over shabu shipments

Nov 12, 2018 - 1:45 PM

House committee on dangerous drugs chairperson Robert Ace Barbers says they will continue establishing evidence for what they believe to be 'collusion' between the PDEA, BOC, and PNP

SHABU PROBE. House committee on dangerous drugs chairperson Robert Ace Barbers is the guest at the Ugnayan sa Batasan forum on November 12, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

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Oct 31, 2018 - 2:22 PM

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Oct 30, 2018 - 9:22 PM

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Guban 'tells all': Ex-cop behind billion-peso shabu shipments

Oct 30, 2018 - 7:24 PM

Ex-Customs intelligence officer Jimmy Guban, now under state protection, says he will answer 'in detail' any questions lawmakers may still have about the illegal drug shipments

NEW TESTIMONY. Jimmy Guban says dismissed cop Eduardo Acierto is behind magnetic lifters shipments containing illegal drugs. Graphics by Alyssa Arizabal; Photos by Angie de Silva, Ben Nabong, and Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Lapeña no-show in Senate P11-B shabu probe

Oct 30, 2018 - 12:35 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Richard Gordon says ex-Customs chief Isidro Lapeña cited his turn over to his successor as reason for his absence but the ceremony is scheduled a day after the Senate hearing

EX-CUSTOMS CHIEF. Former Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena skips the Senate hearing on the missing P11-billion shabu shipment on October 30, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on P11B worth shabu slipping past Customs

Oct 30, 2018 - 10:45 AM

The blue ribbon committee looks into the biggest shabu smuggling controversy to hit the Duterte administration. Watch the hearing live on Tuesday, October 30

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Oct 29, 2018 - 2:40 PM

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Punish officials linked to P11-B shabu mess, says Robredo

Oct 27, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'Hindi sapat na ilipat lamang sa ibang opisina ang mga nagkulang sa kanilang tungkulin, dapat managot ayon sa takda ng batas matapos ang imbestigasyon,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

ROBREDO. In this file photo, Vice President Leni Robredo joins members of various sectors during the Mass for Peace. File photo by OVP

Lapeña’s exit from Customs not due to smuggled shabu controversy

Oct 26, 2018 - 5:52 PM

Malacañang believes Isidro Lapeña is the target of a 'vilification campaign' launched by drug syndicates and corrupt Bureau of Customs personnel

Bureau of Customs commissioner Isidro Lapeña and PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino extract the alleged shabu worth P3.4 billion inside steel cases during a press conference at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) in Port Area, Manila on August 7, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Oct 25, 2018 - 10:23 PM

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Jimmy Guban arrest, pipe bombs in the U.S., Titanic II | Midday wRap

Oct 25, 2018 - 2:00 PM

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PDEA revises estimate: Missing shabu worth P11B not P6.8B

Oct 25, 2018 - 11:14 AM

(UPDATED) The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency nearly doubles its original estimate after reweighing the magnetic lifters found in Cavite in August

SUSPECTED SHABU VESSELS. PDEA chief Aaron Aquino inspects an empty magnetic lifter found in General Mariano Alvarez, Cavite, in August 2018. The containers are believed to have stored more than a ton of shabu which had gone missing. PDEA photo

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

Duterte orders customs intel officer Jimmy Guban arrested

Oct 24, 2018 - 5:23 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte claims Guban faked identification cards to allow the smuggling of shabu

SHABU SHIPMENT. Customs intelligence agent Jaime Guban, who was cited with contempt by Sen. Gordon in the previous senate inquiry. September 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/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

Mangaoang upsets lawmakers, is threatened with contempt

Oct 24, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Lourdes Mangaoang turns her back on lawmakers during her presentation on the controversial magnetic lifters

RESOURCEPERSON. Lourdes Mangaoang is scolded by congressmen after turning her back on them to supposedly face media cameras and address the public. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler