FIVE civilian informants received an early Christmas gift from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) by providing information that led to the arrest of local and foreign drug personalities, and the dismantling of small- and large-scale clandestine laboratories used in the manufacture of illegal drugs.
PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac Jr. said through Operation: Private Eye (OPE), the informants were personally handed over a total cash reward of P2,998,358.25 during the Monday flag-raising at the PDEA national headquarters in Quezon City.
OPE is a reward and incentive scheme designed to encourage private citizens to report any suspected illegal drug activities in their community.
The Private Eye Rewards Committee, composed of members from the academe, non-government organizations and law-enforcement, religious and business sectors, approved the resolution granting monetary rewards to the informants after careful and thorough deliberation.
The five informants, who wore masks to protect their anonymity during the ceremony, were identified through their codenames Omar, Reggie, Machete, Kulot and Coleen Sarmiento.
Among the informants, Coleen Sarmiento received the biggest reward of P1.5 million pesos. Her information led to the dismantling of a large-scale clandestine shabu laboratory, the seizure of 16.51 kilograms and 35.25 liters of shabu and the arrest of six foreigners during implementation of a search warrant in Camiling, Tarlac, on November 6, 2014.
Reggie received P732,414.84 cash award after providing information that resulted in the seizure of 10,831.30 grams of shabu and the arrest two drug personalities during an anti-drug operation in Binondo, Manila, on April 8, 2014.
P581,220.69 was awarded to Kulot who provided information that led to the arrest of six foreign drug personalities, the confiscation of 1,810.10 grams of shabu and the neutralization of a small scale shabu laboratory during a raid in Industrial Estate Rincon, Valenzuela City (Metro Manila) on October 15, 2014.
Machete was rewarded with P150,060 after he supplied information resulting in the seizure of 2,355 pieces of ecstasy tablets and the arrest of one drug personality in General Santos City on September 15, 2014.
P34,662.72 was awarded to Omar whose anti-drug information relayed led to the confiscation of 16,991.503 grams of marijuana and the arrest of two drug suspects during an entrapment operation in Baguio City on December 3, 2013.
“The national anti-drug campaign needs the active participation of private citizens as our eyes and ears in our communities. The anti-drug information they bring to us must be treated with confidentiality and acted upon swiftly,” the PDEA chief said.