This includes some Php46 million worth of illegal drugs from Region 1 and some Php84 million worth from the Cordillera which were turned over by regional trial courts and police crime laboratories across the two regions.
These narcotics were accumulated during the massive joint anti-illegal drugs operations of the PDEA, Philippine National Police and other law enforcement units.
PDEA Assistant Secretary Gregorio Pimentel said this great amount of confiscated illegal drugs is a manifestation of the concerned agencies’ intensified efforts to attain a drug-free community.
“Ito ang nagpapatunay ng aming masidhing pagnanais na tuluyang mawala at linisin ang komunidad sa buong Pilipinas sa iligal na droga,” Asec. Pimentel said.
Pimentel calls for the cooperation of the community’s stakeholders to win this war against illegal drugs.
“Kami po ay taos-pusong umaasa sa inyong kooperasyon, tiwala at pakikiisa para mas lalong lumakas ang ating pwersa. Walang sindikato ang magtatagumpay sa kanilang mga iligal na gawain kung lahat tayo ay magtutulungan at pigilin ang pagpasok ng iligal na droga sa ating mga komunidad,” he stated.
The confiscated illegal drugs were destroyed by means of a thermal decomposition in said cement factory.
This is to ensure that these dangerous drugs will lose all its chemical value in the process of decomposition and no residue will be left.
Prior to destruction, various chemists from the PDEA conducted a color test on randomly selected samples to prove the legitimacy of the confiscated drugs.
Representatives from the Department of Justice, Public Attorney's Office, civil society groups, and the media served as witnesses of this activity.
This inter-region destruction of drug evidence is in compliance with the Section 21 of Article II of Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (JCR/AMB/CGRC, PIA La Union)
By Caren Grace R. Cabanayan