Over 60,000 marijuana plants, seedlings seized in Benguet, La Union and Kalinga

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency personnel (PDEA) destroyed over 60,000 marijuana plants and seedlings with an estimated value of P28 million in separate operations in Benguet, La Union and Kalinga last week.

In a 2,850-square-meter plantation, PDEA discovered around 53,900 marijuana plants in the mountain village of Takadang in Kibungan, Benguet.

It was the biggest marijuana plantation raid in the province since January, authorities said.

Chief Superintendent Ericson Velasquez, Ilocos police director, said 8,800 marijuana plants worth P1.7 million were uprooted in four plantations in Barangay Sapdaan in Santol, La Union.

Senior Superintendent Victor Wanchakan, Kalinga police director said 7,000 marijuana plants worth P1.4 million were destroyed in Barangay Bugnay in Tinglayan, Kalinga.

Meanwhile, a grenade launcher, five sachets of suspected shabu, 12 packs of dried marijuana leaves, drug paraphernalia and ammunition were seized during a raid on a suspected drug den in Caba, La Union.

Ramon Gapuz is the second most wanted drug suspect in the province said Senior Superintendent Angelito Dumangeng, La Union police director.


GDP growth target cuts down by the government

The government slightly cuts down the economic growth target for this 2016, from 7 to 8% the growth target now becomes 6.8 to 7.8%.

According to National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Assistant Director-General Rosemarie Edillon the target average growth range remain 7 to 8% for the period of 2016 to 2019. For the year 2017 the government is expecting to have 6.6 to 7.6%, while 7 to 8% for 2018 and 6.9 to 7.9% gross domestic product (GDP)

NEDA also shared that the primary reason for the slight downgrade in the growth target are because of external developments and the downward of oil prices.


US to keep key role in regional security

Leaders from the members of ASEAN and US gather for the US-ASEAN Summit which will take place in California this week.

Meanwhile, the Summit is a signal that the US will keep its key role in maintaining the regional security amid maritime disputes. However, the United States has repeatedly stated that this summit won’t focus on all about China.

According to US Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, the summit is an opportunity for leaders from ASEAN and the US to have conversations about issues of mutual concern.Cuisia also said that as a member of ASEAN, the Philippines appreciates the significance of the summit in the development of a regional framework of the countries involved.


20-year-old man died in two run-over incidents in Batangas

A lad died while being treated at a hospital in Lipa City, Batangas after being hit by two cars.

The victim was identified as Patrick Lawrence Bernabe, 20 years old, who died due to injuries all over his body.

In a report released by Batangas Police Provincial Office o B-P-O, the young man was hit at around 9:50 p.m. last Saturday by an Isuzu Fuego (DSX-333) and was later ran over by a Toyota Vios (PQR-865) after the impact.

Both drivers are now in the custody of Batangas Police Provincial Office.


Williams triumphs in 2016 Taiwan Open

Venus Williams defeated Japan’s Misaki Doi 6-4, 6-2 to win the Taiwan Open in Kaohsiung on Sunday.

The victory was the 49th WTA singles title for the seven-time Grand Slam winner, who did not lose a single set in the tournament. It was the first time top-seed Williams, 35, had faced off against Doi, who was vying for her second title after winning the Twenty-fifteen Luxembourg Open.


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