PDEA destroys P6.25-B worth of illegal drugs

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 15, 2020   •   693

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) destroyed over P6.25 billion worth of confiscated illegal drugs in Cavite on Thursday (October 15).

PDEA Director General Wilkins Villanueva confirmed that 1,394 kilograms of illegal drugs and paraphernalia were destroyed through thermal decomposition in Trece Martirez, Cavite.

The move was in compliance with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to immediately destroy contraband to avoid recycling by unscrupulous individuals.

The official also said the destruction of seized illegal drugs would also ease the suspicion of the public that seized illegal drugs are being recycled by errant officials.

“Kapag natapos po ito ay zero-zero po ang inventory ng PDEA. So next month asahan niyo na mauubos ang ebidensya namin diyan sa storage ng PDEA laboratory service, (One we finish [destroying seized illegal drugs], PDEA’s inventory will be zero-zero. So next month, expect our evidence will be gone at the storage of PDEA laboratory service)” Villanueva said.

He also reported this is the third highest worth of illegal drugs seized since 2017. PDEA is also set to destroy 1,529 kilograms of illegal drugs in November.

Villanueva also lauded the Department of Justice for the immediate release of court order authorizing PDEA to destroy seized illegal drugs. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

PNP, PDEA to finalize unified guidelines for drug operations

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) are set to release the unified guidelines for drug operations by the end of June.

PNP Chief P.Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said the unified guidelines aim to avoid misencounter between the two agencies  and boost efficiency of police operations.

“Once these unified operating guidelines are finalized and released to our men on the ground, I need the efficient supervision by our ground commanders to ensure that the rules are strictly followed by our operatives,” he said in a statement.

“This way, our law enforcement agencies would be more effective and efficient in carrying out their operations toward the eventual eradication of the country’s illegal drug trade,” he added.

As previously discussed by the PNP and PDEA, not conducting their respective operations on the same date and time will also be included in the guidelines.

There should also be close coordination between the two agencies before conducting any operations.

Last February, three anti-drug operatives were killed while three were injured when the Quezon City Police Department and PDEA had a misencounter at a fastfood chain in Quezon City. PNP personnel and PDEA agents almost had a similar misencounter again in May. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

 

PDEA-PNP unified guidelines include sanctions for non-compliant operatives — Eleazar

Robie de Guzman   •   June 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The unified guidelines for the operations of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) will include penalties for police officers and agents who will fail to comply, police chief General Guillermo Eleazar said.

In a statement, Eleazar said the uniform operational guidelines, which are nearly finished, may be issued this month.

“I would like to stress that those who will not follow the unified rules will face sanctions. May kaakibat po na penalties ang guidelines para sa PDEA agents at PNP personnel na mapapatunayang sumuway sa uniform rules,” Eleazar said in a statement.

The PNP-PDEA uniform guidelines were created following the February 24 fatal shootout between the operatives at a mall along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City. An almost misencounter also transpired in Fairview in May, which highlighted the need for the two agencies’ leadership to finally address the issue.

“Kaya po natin ginawa ang guidelines na ito ay para maiwasan ang pagkakaroon ng misencounter o miscoordination sa pagitan ng PNP at PDEA. Mahigpit din po nating ipatutupad ang guidelines na ito dahil gusto natin na maging maayos at pulido ang koordinasyon ng ating mga anti-illegal drug operatives sa PDEA at PNP,” Eleazar said.

“Gaya ng nabanggit ni PDEA DG (director-general) Wilkins Villanueva, pipilitin ng PNP at PDEA na mailabas ang unified rules na ito bago matapos ang buwan. We will immediately disseminate these for the immediate compliance of our operating units,” he added.

The PNP chief directed police commanders to ensure that all their personnel are well briefed on the guidelines as he underscored the need for effective supervision to guarantee compliance.

“Once these unified operating guidelines are finalized and released to our men on the ground, I need the efficient supervision by our ground commanders to ensure that the rules are strictly followed by our operatives,” he said.

“This way, our law enforcement agencies would be more effective and efficient in carrying out their operations toward the eventual eradication of the country’s illegal drug trade,” he added.

PNP chief Eleazar wants immediate destruction of P1 billion worth of shabu seized in buy-busts

Robie de Guzman   •   June 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) will seek court approval for the immediate destruction of more than P1 billion worth of shabu that was confiscated in separate operations in Cavite and Parañaque City on June 13.

PNP chief General Guillermo Eleazar said he has ordered the PNP Drug Enforcement Group (PDEG) to coordinate with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in obtaining the court approval.

“We will be coordinating with the PDEA in convincing the courts that will handle the cases that we filed in connection with these two operations to destroy these confiscated illegal drugs in the soonest possible time,” Eleazar said in a statement.

“Ito naman ay naayon sa kautusan ng ating Pangulo na dapat ay sirain na kaagad ang mga nakukumpiskang iligal na droga sa loob ng isang linggo after the operation. At dapat lang namang gawin ito upang maalis na ang mga pagdududa tungkol sa nakukumpiskang iligal na droga,” he added.

Eleazar said they want to take advantage of the Supreme Court circular issued in July last year that reminds all Regional Trial Courts to “strictly comply” with the requirements of Section 21 (4) of Republic Act (RA) 9165 on the immediate destruction of illegal drugs confiscated during police operations.

RA 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, states that ‘after the filing of the criminal case, the Court shall, within 72 hours, conduct an ocular inspection” of the confiscated, seized illegal drugs or precursor chemicals and ‘through the PDEA shall within 24 hours thereafter proceed with the destruction or burning of the same’, provided, that a representative sample, duly weighed and recorded is retained.

But since the law was passed, the PNP chief said the provision of the law was not properly observed since it usually takes months and even years before illegal drugs are destroyed. This triggered speculations of drug recycling in the past.

The joint buy-bust operations resulted in the confiscation of 155 kilograms of shabu worth P1.054 billion and the arrest of two Chinese nationals, Zhuzun Chen and Man Kuok Wong.

Chen was arrested in a buy-bust operation in Baclaran, Parañaque City while Wong was nabbed along the Aguinaldo Highway in Imus, Cavite. Aside from the large volume of illegal drugs which were placed inside tea packages, cellular phones and vehicles were seized from the two suspects.

The seized 155 kilograms of shabu are currently under the custody of the PDEA. On the other hand, in the cases of police operations, confiscated illegal drugs are placed under the custody of the PNP-Crime Laboratory.

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