Marines seize smuggled cigarettes in Maguindanao

Philippine Marines operatives stationed in a highway checkpoint in Buldon, arrested two men and seized P120,000 worth of smuggled cigarettes.
According to Lt. Mizomra Untal, Buldon municipal police chief, Marine Battalion Landing Team–5 members intercepted a multi-cab vehicle heading for Parang, Maguindanao, to sell different goods at past 4 p.m. Saturday.
“The red multi-cab (MEH-460) was carrying four huge boxes,” Untal said in a report.
During the inspection, the Marines noticed that the sizes of the boxes were similar to those previously apprehended with smuggled items.
The authorities continued the inspection and discovered the smuggled cigarettes.
The driver, who was identified as Kaka Ali, denied that he knew the content of the shipment, explaining he was only paid to deliver the boxes.
The suspects are now detained at the Buldon municipal police detention facility and would face charges for violation of anti-smuggling laws.

OFW in Kuwait allegedly mistreated by employers asks for help

An overseas Filipino worker asked for help because of her boss’s alleged maltreatment against her.

Eva Perido Dela Cruz, who has been working as a domestic helper, asked for help in “Lingkod Kapamilya” program on TeleRadyo.

In the photos Dela Cruz sent, it was seen that she had bruises because of her employer’s abuse.

“Kinuwelyuhan niya ako, tapos ang ginawa niya, hila-tulak, hila-tulak. Tapos, iwinawasiwas pa niya ako. Tapos, siyempre, ang lakas-lakas niya po dahil siya naman ay napakalaki,” she said.

Dela Cruz admitted that she is suffering from trauma. She also couldn’t sleep well, fearing that her boss would hit her again.

“Kapag ako nakakarinig ng tunog ng pinto, bukas ng pinto, lagapak ng pinto, ako po’y nagugulat, ta’s nanginginig po,” she said.

“Ang pinapakiusap ko lang po sa inyo, kung ako man po ay i-rescue ninyo, sana naman, isama na rin yung aking kasama kasi nakakaawa din naman po. Bago po ako saktan n’un, ito yung unang sinasaktan. Dinuduro-duro po siya… Nasugatan nga ito sa noo,” she added.

According to Dela Cruz, her employer used to be kind to her, and the abuse only started during Ramadan, or between April and May.

Jay Teves, the officer in charge of the advocacy and social marketing division of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, said authorities in Kuwait were immediately informed of Dela Cruz’s situation so they could help her.