P500M in ‘shabu,’ cocaine, ecstacy, marijuana burned | Inquirer News

P500M in ‘shabu,’ cocaine, ecstacy, marijuana burned

/ 06:45 AM January 26, 2018

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director General Aaron Aquino (left) leads the burning of seized drugs, including cocaine and ecstacy, in an incinerator in Malabon City. —KRIXIA SUBINGSUBING

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) led the destruction of more than P500 million worth of drugs in a display of what a top antidrug official said was a sign that the government was winning the war on narcotics.

The drugs were burned in an incinerator in Malabon City and consisted of 112.08 kilograms of “shabu” (crystal meth) worth P560.4 million, 181.77 grams of cocaine worth P763,434, 340.64 grams of marijuana worth P34,064, 375.69 grams of ecstacy worth P2.3 million and other drugs.

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Third batch

It was the third batch of drugs to be destroyed since PDEA took the helm of President Duterte’s war on drugs in November last year.

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Aaron Aquino, PDEA director general, said the drugs were destroyed to keep them from falling into the hands of syndicates and being sold in the streets.

Malacañang in November designated PDEA as the “sole agency” tasked with waging Mr. Duterte’s war on drugs amid complaints against extrajudicial killings that marred antinarcotics operations led by the Philippine National Police.

Drug-free in 2022

Aquino said at the rate the PDEA was doing its work, he hoped that by the end of Mr. Duterte’s term in 2022, the agency would have declared the country as drug-free.

Catalino Cuy, Dangerous Drugs Board chair and guest at the destruction of the seized drugs, said “the hope of attaining a drug-free Philippines was not impossible at all.”

“With the commitment of our law enforcers, we are confident in saying we are winning the fight against illegal drugs,” Cuy said.

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