Senate President Koko Pimentel has sought a law regulating the ownership and use of drones by private persons to ensure public safety.

Koko wants use of private drones regulated: Baka magamit sa masama!

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Senate President Koko Pimentel has sought a law regulating the ownership and use of drones by private persons to ensure public safety.

He recently filed Senate Bill No. 1723 regulating the use of drones by private persons whether used for hobby or commercial purposes.

“The same drones that are used for recreational and commercial purposes may be used to violate rights, exploited by terrorists, or pose a hazard to aircraft,” Pimentel said.

Under SBN 1723, private owners must register their drones. Failure to do so would result in the confiscation of the drone.

“Operating a drone for commercial purposes without a permit shall result in the confiscation of the drone and a fine of not less than P50,000 but not more than P100,000,” Pimentel said.

However, SBN 1723 exempts the government from such regulation to be crafted by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

“Over the last two decades, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles or drones have proliliferated in various sectors of society,” he said.

Drones are used for amateur photography, to increase crop production, and to conduct surveillance for military and law enforcement agencies, he said.

Pimentel added, “With the ubiquity comes the need for regulation.”

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For buses’ benefit: 300K liters of fuel smuggled weekly from Bataan to NCR

By Nancy Carvajal

At least 300,000 liters of fuel is smuggled weekly from a shipyard in Mariveles, Bataan to garages of various bus companies in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, persons involved in transporting the product told the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

NBI Special Unit Action agent Melvin Escurel said individuals they have talked to claimed to be clueless about the smuggling of fuel.

“A witness said they just received instructions from ‘Jerome’ and ‘Eric’ to proceed to the Seafront Shipyard and wait for the barge that would fill up their tanker,’’ Escurel said.

Using a long hose, diesel is loaded into the tankers inside the shipyard from a barge anchored about 500 meters away from the dock.

The tankers are filled with fuel at least three times a week. They travel to the shipyard from a garage in Pasay City.

Escurel said four to five tankers deliver the fuel to the garages of various bus lines. One tanker, meanwhile, heads to Fairview, Quezon City to fill up a supposedly abandoned tanker.

Based on witnesses’ testimonies, Escurel said the fuel smuggling scheme involving the Bataan shipyard appears to be well organized.

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