The magnetic lifters believed to contain shabu
QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The warehouse owner in General Mariano Alvares, Cavite, where the four magnetic lifters were found, was present at resumption of the Senate probe on the P6.4 billion shabu smuggling case.
The fork lift operator and warehouse man were also present. The magnetic lifters believed to contain shabu were discovered in June.
During the hearing, Senate Blue Ribbon Committee chair Senator Richard Gordon back tracked the events, to establish how the said four magnetic lifters slipped through the strict examinations of the Bureau of Customs.
The BOC admitted ahead that the K9 or narcotic detection dogs are not capable of detecting what’s inside the magnetic lifters, because of the thickness and the way it was sealed.
Because of this, the inspection and examination team used a hybrid x-ray equipment.
Despite these efforts, the examination and inspection team in charge were found to be negligent in handling the process.
“The war on drugs has taken a different tone not only here but throughout the whole world. Itong mga droga na ito pumapasok na yan na talagang malaki ang equipment na more sophisticated kaya even our x-rays eh talagang dapat turuan ang ating mga x-ray technicians,” said Sen. Gordon. “Itong hearing na ito nakita natin na talagang may drugs na lumabas. Nakita doon sa Cavite dahil pinabayaan nila yung mga Chinese pumasok doon.”
New names were mentioned and will be invited to the next hearing on October 3.
Senator Gordon is hoping that this will be the last hearing on issue so that the committee can come up with its report and recommendations. — JL Asayo