QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) confirmed that more than 92 kilograms of cocaine bricks, estimated to be worth more than P491 million have been intercepted along the shores of six areas in the Philippines, over a span of a week.
The cocaine bricks were found along the shores of Camarines Norte, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Quezon from February 10 to 18.
According to PNP Spokesperson Senior Superintendent Bernard Banac, the first batch of cocaine, worth P5.4 million, was discovered on Sunday (February 10) near the shore of Barangay Sula, Vinzons in Camarines Norte.
The following day, police recovered similar-looking bricks of cocaine from the coast of Barangay Sabang, still in Vinzons in Camarines Norte after it was reported by a fisherman. It weighed around 839.37 grams and estimated to worth P4.5 million.
On February 12, police hauled off more than 48 kilograms of cocaine from the shore of Barangay Cagdianao in Dinagat Islands, then on February 14, cops recovered more bricks of cocaine, weighing about 40 kilograms and worth P212 million, from the coast of Barangay San Isidro in Surigao del Norte.
Two days later, on February 16, authorities found another slab of cocaine worth P5.2 million in Barangay Bagumbayan, Paracale in Camarines Norte while on February 18, cops recovered 1.1 kilograms of cocaine from the coast of Barangay San Jose, Mauban in Quezon.
Banac said they have yet to know where the said packages of prohibited substances originated. But what they are currently certain of is that an international drug syndicate is using the eastern seaboard of the Philippines as a transshipment point.
Banac added that the PNP, together with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), is planning to burn the recovered slabs of cocaine,.
“This is a proof that there is a clear and present danger in the country from the international drug syndicate. Facing this threat is considered as a big challenge for the PNP, AFP, and PDEA,” said Banac.
The PNP Spokesperson assured that the PNP Maritime Group will continue to patrol the country’s eastern seaboard.
Banac has also appealed to the public to help authorities in winning the fight against illegal drugs and terrorism.
“Wake up Filipinos. Don’t let those international drug syndicates lure our barangay, our family and our country…Help us…All the information you will give to us will remain confidential,” Banac urged. — Robie de Guzman (with reports from Lea Ylagan)