PASIG CITY, Philippines – Drug operatives discovered that some drug paraphernalia could be easily bought through online shops.
On Thursday (September 19), agents from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) seized over P600,000 worth of illegal drugs in two separate buy-bust operations in Pasig and Quezon City.
Juan Carlos Reyes Antonio, a licensed pharmacist, was caught in possession of suspected marijuana and ecstasy tablets along with other drug paraphernalia inside a hotel in Pasig City around 2:30 AM on Thursday (September 19).
The illegal drugs were valued at P483,000.
Meanwhile, another suspect Nilo Manipon Ramirez Jr., a registered nurse, was nabbed at around 4:20AM along Kamuning Road in Quezon City.
Ramirez was caught in possession of P142,000-worth of suspected shabu and drug paraphernalia.
Antonio bought his ‘tooters’ through an online shop.
“Dalawang transaksyon. Either iyong kliyente [ang] pumupunta sa hotel at doon na sila nagja-jamming or they just buy online(Two possibilities. Either the client goes to the hotel where they jam or they just buy online). ” explained PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino.
The official assured to subject the said shop to an investigation before they act on the matter.
Aquino noted that it is prohibited to sell ‘tooters’ may it be in stores or online because it is an item being used solely in illegal drugs.
“I’ll just wait for their explanation first and then kung ano’t-ano man ang kalalabasan (whatever comes out of the investigation) then we will file a case against them,” Aquino said.
A delivery company is currently being investigated by PDEA on reports that it caters delivery of illegal drugs. — MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon expressed disappointment after Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Chief Dir. Gen. Aaron Aquino admitted that ‘recycling’ of illegal drugs is still rampant.
According to Drilon, the said admission is a “sign” that the administration’s campaign against illegal drugs is not working.
“Given that admission, I am not very optimistic about the success of the anti-drug campaign, in general,” he said.
Drilon also expressed dismay that the very people who enforce the law are the ones violating it.
“This is worrisome. This is a decades-old case of bantay-salakay, wherein the people who are given the task of enforcing the law insofar as drug trafficking is concerned are the ones who lead the anomalous practices,” Drilon said.
In order to prevent the “horrible” practices, according to Drilon, he will request the Office of the Court Administrator to strictly enforce the law on the burning of drugs confiscated.
The senator will also propose to reopen the PDEA unit in the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa, after its old unit was closed.—AAC
PDEA Spokesperson Dir. Derrick Carreon said they are dismayed by the BuCor’s said action.
“Tayo po ay sumagot sa liham na pinadala sa atin ng Bureau of Pardons and Parole at hindi na natin idinitalye iyong ating opposition doon sa certain candidates for grant of executive clemency kung saan iyong 13 doon ay may existing pang mga kaso kaya atin pong tinututulan, (We responded to the letter sent by the Bureau of Pardons and Parole and we did not expounded on our opposition to certain candidates for grant executive clemency where 13 of them still have existing cases).” he said.
Carreon added they are prepared to cooperate with the Philippine National Police (PNP) to rearrest drug convicts after the 15-day deadline given by President Rodrigo Duterte.
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