Cops nab suspect engaged in selling expired drugs

MANILA, Philippines – Police seized more than P1-million worth of expired drugs and medicine which are reportedly being tampered and sold to the public in a buy-bust operation in Sta. Cruz, Manila yesterday. The operation also resulted in the arrest of Romulo Quiñonez, 56, of 1725 Tayuman st., Sta. Cruz, and the confiscation of several boxes of drugs and assorted paraphernalia used in erasing and changing the expiry dates of the medicines.

Manila Police District director Chief Superintendent Roberto Rosales said Quiñonez is the subject of police surveillance following intelligence reports that a syndicate has been distributing expired medicines in small drug store outlets in Metro Manila and in the provinces.

Quiñonez, who is reportedly engaged in the illicit activities of tampering drugs since 2002, got his supply of expired drugs from a certain “Ruben Mallari,” Rosales said. Through ingenous methods, Quiñonez would remove the label from expired antibiotic vials by soaking it in water and replace it with a new label. He also erased expiry dates of capsule drugs with acetone and stamped new expiry dates. [Read More...]

Motel ‘short time’ stays, says SC

Motels in Manila and their patrons have reason to celebrate two weeks before Valentine’s Day.

The Supreme Court yesterday declared as unconstitutional a Manila city ordinance banning “short time” admission in motels, saying it violates the rights of both motel operators and their clients – especially married couples.

“The ordinance needlessly restrains the operation of the businesses of petitioners as well as restricting the rights of their patrons without sufficient justification. The Ordinance rashly equates wash rates and renting out a room more than twice a day with immorality without accommodating innocuous intentions,” stated the High Court in a decision penned by Associate Justice Dante Tinga.

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BFAD assures safe products

“Local peanut butter is safe because we have asked manufacturers to disclose their sources of peanut-based products and none of them source from the United States,” said BFAD Director Leticia Barbara B. Gutierrez in a chance interview on the sidelines of the Medicines Transparency Alliance forum.

She added none of the products recalled by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are in the list of BFAD imports.

On Monday, the BFAD released an advisory on the consumption and purchase of peanut butter and other peanut-based products based on reports of product recalls by the FDA.

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As ‘shabu’ price rises, Ecstasy use up

The trade in crystal methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” in the Philippines has grown into a P1 billion-a-day industry, but the drug has now become more expensive, making it “the poor man’s cocaine no more,” antinarcotics officials and international drug reports said. The price of shabu has doubled to between P8,000 and P10,000 per gram since law enforcers dismantled several “mega-laboratories” in 2006 and 2007.

But government successes in curbing shabu production have been offset by another problem: Users are now turning to the amphetamine-type stimulant Ecstasy, which sells for P750 to P800 per tablet, and cocaine, which sells for P2,500 per gram, the kinds of drugs that were seized from “Alabang Boys” Richard Brodett, Jorge Joseph and Joseph Ramirez Tecson by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in a drug-bust operation last September.

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Cops bring antidrug drive to Metro bars

In line with efforts to address the problem of illegal drugs, Philippine National Police Director General Jesus Verzosa Wednesday said he has ordered his men to conduct random drug tests on clients of bars and similar establishments in Metro Manila.

“As part of the antidrug campaign, we want to deploy [antidrug] agents to business establishments, especially high-end bars, and invite those who [seem to be] under the influence of illegal drugs to be immediately subjected to a drug test,” he told reporters.

Verzosa was in Quezon City to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for a new police and fire station that will be built on E. Rodriguez Avenue, Barangay Bagumbayan in Quezon City.

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