Reyes Aragon has been wanted for drug trafficking since 2010, when Nicaraguan police issued an arrest warrant for him. The OIJ had been investigating the activities of Reyes Aragon and Los Tarzanes since 2012, according to OIJ Director Francisco Segura Montero. Los Tarzanes, which is allegedly is run by Reyes Aragon and his six brothers, is suspected of smuggling cocaine from Colombia and marijuana from Jamaica into Costa Rica. Authorities believe Los Tarzanes operatives store the drugs in Limon for later shipment by boat or truck to Honduras and Mexico, or for sale in Costa Rica’s domestic illicit drug market. Los Tarzanes In addition to the arrests of the suspected members of Los Tarzanes, Costa Rica police and security forces have scored a number of successes against transnational criminal organizations engaged in the drug trade. For example, on June 10 and 11, 2014, the Costa Rica Coast Guard seized more than 4 tons of cocaine found on Costa Rican fishing boats off the Pacific Coast. The seizure was reportedly the largest in the country’s history. Costa Rican drug seizures have more than doubled since 2011. Costa Rica security forces have dismantled more than a dozen international drug trafficking operations since 2006, according to published reports. The capture of Reyes Aragon and the increase in drug seizures may indicate that Costa Rican security forces are improving their effectiveness in fighting drug trafficking, said Armando Rodríguez Luna, a security analyst at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Costa Rican security forces have improved their effectiveness in fighting Los Tarzanes and other organized crime groups “because they have improved their ability to protect the country’s border in the fight against drug trafficking, and they have continued to collaborate and exchange information with other governments in joint border operations,” according to Rodríguez Luna. Julieta Pelcastre contributed to this article. Costa Rican authorities have arrested the alleged leader of a Nicaraguan drug trafficking group known as Los Tarzanes. Agents of Costa Rica’s Judicial Investigation Body (OIJ) arrested Agustin Reyes Aragon, 40, on June 12. They arrested Reyes Aragon during a series of raids in the Caribbean coastal province of Limon. Security forces also detained three other suspects: a Nicaraguan man, a Honduran man, and a female whose nationality was not immediately determined. OIJ agents confiscated two AK-47 assault rifles, a vehicle and currency in the amount of $14,000 (USD) and one million colones during the raids. Wanted in Nicaragua Los Tarzanes was founded in the mid-1990s as part of a drug trafficking network operated by the now defunct Norte del Valle Cartel in Colombia, Nicaraguan police have said. Operating primarily as transporters, Los Tarzanes operatives use go-fast boats and vehicles to move shipments of Colombian cocaine and precursor chemicals for methamphetamine production north for eventual sale to Mexican transnational criminal organizations such as the Gulf Cartel (CDG). Los Tarzanes was originally based along Nicaragua’s southern border. In recent years, as Nicaraguan security forces have increased patrols in that region, the drug trafficking group has increased its operations on the Costa Rican border. Costa Rican security successes By Dialogo July 02, 2014
The proposed Anti-Terrorism Law, which is now pending at the Senate, aims to amend the Human Security Act to provide teeth to fighting terrorism. The bill proposes to criminalize the following acts: 1. For any person to travel or attempt to travel to a state other than his/her state of residence or nationality, for the purpose of perpetrating, planning, or preparing for, or participating in terrorist acts, or providing or receiving terrorist training; 2. For any person to organize or facilitate the travel of individuals who travel to a state other than their states of residence or nationality for the purpose of perpetrating, planning, training, or preparing for, or participating in terrorist acts, or providing or receiving terrorist training, including acts of recruitment; and 3. For any person residing abroad who comes to the Philippines to participate in perpetrating, planning, training, or preparing for, or participating in terrorist acts or provide support for or facilitate terrorist training here or abroad. The latest martial law extension in Mindanao is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2019; unless President Duterte will asks for another extension and Congress approves it./PN “The DND (Department of National Defense) and Interior secretary [Eduardo Año] said they will recommend the lifting of martial law in the entire Mindanao if [the bill] is signed by PRRD (President Rodrigo Duterte),” Sotto said. “Majority will support.” Senate President Vicente Sotto III said that he has discussed the plan for passing the measure by the first week of November with Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and Senator Panfilo Lacson and majority of the senators have agreed as well. President Duterte placed the entire island of Mindanao under martial law in May 2017 over Marawi siege. He has since asked Congress to extend it three times. Manila – Senators are planning to prevent another extension of the martial law declaration in the entire island of Mindanao by passing the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act.
Sipalay City is among the 17 subnationalgovernments from around the globe that committed to achieving these goals. BACOLOD City – The city of Sipalay inNegros Occidental has accepted the challenge of accelerating 17 SustainableDevelopment Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations in the recent 10th World UrbanForum held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Lizares is looking forward tocollaborating with new partners from WUF. Sipalay City mayor Maria Gina Lizares (2nd from bottom right), along with other subnational governments from around the globe during the 10th World Urban Forum held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. LEAGUE OF CITIES OF THE PHILIPPINES It was Sipalay City mayor Maria GinaLizares that signed the commitment along with the local chief executives ofBarcelona (Spain), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Brussels-Capital Region (Belgium),Acapulco de Juares (Mexico), Rostov-on-don (Russia), Betio (Kiribati) andBauang (Philippines), among others last Feb. 8-13. According to the mayor, the17 SDGs are incorporated in the executive agenda of Sipalay City for 2019-2022. According to Penny Abeywardena,Commissioner for the NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, the VLR is away for local governments to exchange best practices and accelerate the SDGs byway of strategic engagement within their own communities. “With this, we will implement programsand lobby legislations anchored on combatting climate change and inequality inall forms,” Lizares said. “With this newfound opportunity, we canutilize and localize best practices from other cities across the globe whileshowcasing our efforts as a humble city, the Philippines as well,” Lizares said.(With a report from PIA/PN) The VLR is a three-step, non-bindingagreement that urges signatories to identify how existing local strategiesalign with the 17 SDGs. It is also a tool for local governments of all sizes toshowcase achievements and challenges in achieving the said goals. The 17 subnational governments are thenew signatories to the New York City Voluntary Local Review (VLR) – a processinitiated by the US city in 2018 that enables those who take part to exploreways to address global crises unfolding in their communities. “This is Sipalay’s contribution to solvethe UN-identified global issues by addressing those existing in the localcommunities. With the indicators alreadyset in the SDGs, the city government can easily measure the impact and thesuccess of its local programs, legislations and partnerships,” she added.