FILE PHOTO: Party drugs
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Party events are common this season that’s why authorities have strengthened their monitoring on merry-making activities in the country.
In particular, the Philippine National Police (PNP) is focusing on the proliferation of party drugs especially in crowded places.
For this reason, PNP-Drug Enforcement Group Chief PCSupt. Albert Ferro on Wednesday (December 19) advised the public not to easily accept offers of drinks and food items from strangers.
‘Sa mga kabataan na mahilig tayong mag-party, tayo po ay mag ingat kasi ang mga inumin natin ay may mga taong mapagsamantala at iyan ay pwede nilang patakan ng liquid ecstacy or other party drugs na hindi mo na alam kung ano ang ginagawa mo. Pwede kang ma-rape o malagay sa peligro,’ Ferro said.
Authorities are also monitoring activities in common party places such as bars and clubs where party drugs are commonly being traded.
“Mag-ingat po tayo dahil instead na masaya po ang ating pasko, mapunta tayo sa kalaboso,” Ferro stressed.
Aside from party drugs, the police official also warned against the use of marijuana vapes.
Ferro cited a police operation on December 2 in Dasmariñas, Cavite where three suspects were arrested for selling vape marijuana.
” Ito po ang vials ng vape so sometimes nasu-supressed ang odor niya but when we tested this with the crime laboratory it tested positive of cannabis o marijuana so ito ay bawal sa ating bansa,” Ferro explained.
The PDEG Chief assured that the PNP is on high alert this holiday season against lawless elements and illegal drug syndicates. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)