THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in the Cordillera will continue to keep an eye on the different bars in Baguio City for illegal party drugs.
PDEA information officer Atty. Joseph Calulut said there is a need to continuously monitor "party drugs" which are reportedly being sold in some bars in the city. "We caution the parents for them to know the identities of the children's friends and for them to know what places they frequent specially for females who may be victimized of rape," said Calulut.
PDEA are on the lookout for party tablets used as rape drugs with information revealing each tablet costs P2,000 and can easily mixed into cocktails drinks of females, causing them to fall sleep giving perpetrators a chance to take advantage.
"We continue to monitor these establishments because we would not want these clubs frequented by our children which is used as front in selling and use of illegal drugs," Calulut said.
"Although there have been attempts by organized illegal drugs group to sell party drugs in the city, the recent arrest last year have forced them to lie low. We focus on young professionals because they are the once able to buy these Party drugs and frequent suspected clubs and bars in the city," Calulut added.
Baguio City Police Office Director Ramil Saculles assured the continuous implementation of the curfew for entertainment establishments operating in the city. "We continue to process and consolidate the first, second and third time offenders of the curfew ordinance particularly of bars and clubs to determine their fate of either being recommended for closure and even the revocation of their business permits," Saculles said. Based on the records of the city, close to 700 entertainment establishments are presently operating in the city.
By Jonathan Llanes