PDEA-9 destroys P1.89-M worth of shabu in Pagadian PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 January 2015 11:43

PAGADIAN CITY – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Wednesday destroyed a total of P1,895,145 worth of dangerous drugs in front of the Hall of Justice here.

A total of 541.47 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” were destroyed through thermal decomposition as witnessed by the key officials of provincial and city governments, PDEA and other law enforcement agencies, representatives from the Department of Justice (DOJ), Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), non-government organizations (NGOs) and media.

“These are part of illegal drugs confiscated from the operations jointly conducted by PDEA and PNP operatives that are no longer needed as evidence in court,” PDEA-9 Regional Director Joseph Ladip said.

“As the government’s anti-drug agency, it is our privilege to carry out our mandate to initiate the destruction these pieces of evidence, Ladip announced.

Ladip said “the destruction of illegal drugs is in compliance with the provisions of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and Dangerous Drugs Board Regulation No. 1 series of 2002.

“Today’s ceremony is a symbolic gesture of our individual and concerted efforts against dangerous drugs and substances and these pose negative and damaging effect to our society. They were destroyed to eliminate any misconception that these items are being recycled and peddled back into the streets,” Ladip explained.

Meanwhile, Governor Antonio H. Cerilles in his message said he was happy to see that at the start of year 2015, the burning of illegal drugs, which he considered as mother of all evil, was done by the PDEA and other law enforcement agencies.

“I am very happy to see that the PDEA, DOJ, PAO, local government officials, NGOs, and the media are strongly supporting this anti-illegal drugs campaign, which contributed to the success of this undertaking,” said Cerilles, former vice chairman, Committee on Dangerous Drugs, House of Congress.

Cerilles lauded the law enforcement agencies for their accomplishments saying “it serves as warning to drug lords, operators of clandestine laboratories, distributors and traffickers of illegal drugs to stop their illegal activities or else they will face the full force of the law.”

Cerilles also appealed to the media to help the government in fighting illegal drugs by encouraging them to publish in the newspapers and/or broadcast on local television and radio those government officials who are involved in illegal drug trade.

Cerilles said “the illegal drug campaign is not only the fight of PDEA, PNP, government officials and civilians but it is everybody’s concern.”

It was also learned that the provincial government had created the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (PAIDSOTF) following its declaration of war against illegal drugs during the incumbency of former governor Aurora Cerilles, wife of the incumbent governor and now the representative of the province’s second congressional district. FPG/GCC/PIA-Zamboanga del Sur