The drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison is alive and well. Here are the big stories making the headlines on ANC today:
According to former police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) chief Benjamin Magalong, Chinese drug lords have managed to run the drug trade from inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) with the help of rogue police officers, otherwise known as “ninja cops.” The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) also identified 6 “ninja cops” who have links to a “drug queen.” During Thursday’s Senate hearing, it was revealed that convicted drug dealer Yu Yuk Lai, known as the “shabu queen,” spent 10 months out of prison and left her prison cell 3 times due to medical issues.
Manhunt operations against convicts who defy President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to return to prison after being released on good conduct start Friday. In Thursday’s Senate hearing, it was revealed that 2 Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officers appeared to have transacted with GCTA scam witness Yolanda Camilon.
After 19 years, there is a resurgence of polio in the country. The Department of Health (DOH) made the announcement after a polio case was confirmed in a 3-year old girl in Lanao del Sur. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Philippines polio-free in 2000. Low vaccination rates due to an apparent vaccination scare is cited as one of the reasons for the resurgence. Polio joins measles and dengue in the list of diseases preventable through vaccines that have been resurgent recently.
The Defense department said a Chinese Coast Guard ship blocked 3 Philippine civilian ships on a resupply run to BRP Sierra Madre in Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea.
CANVAS founder Gigo Alampay believes that we should trust children with uncomfortable truths and complex ideas. He shares with ANCX how his organization combines books and the works of BenCab and other great artists to help teach the next generation.