AT least P2.5 billion worth of illegal drugs and controlled precursors and essential chemicals (CPECs) were seized by authorities in July, according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
As the lead agency in the campaign against illegal drugs, the PDEA conducted 123 anti-drug operations from July 1 to 31, 2016, with the support of the Philippine National Police (PNP), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and other law enforcement agencies, resulting in the arrest of 215 drug suspects.
“The P2.5-billion seizure of illegal drugs was achieved only in a month’s time, compared to the total estimated value of P2.86 billion confiscated the entire year of 2015,” PDEA Director General Isidro Lapeña said.
Of the drug cache, 180 kilograms of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu with an estimated market value of P900 million were dug up by operatives of the PNP’s Anti-Illegal Drugs Group, PDEA Regional Office 2, Bureau of Customs (BOC) and local police in Barangay Culao, Claveria, Cagayan.
Two shabu laboratories and one storage facility were dismantled in July.
Also last month, PDEA agents and Las Piñas policemen arrested two Taiwanese during a raid in Philamlife Village, Pamplona Dos, Las Piñas City that led to the dismantling of a clandestine shabu laboratory.
On the same day, a warehouse used as a shabu storage facility in Executive Villagers Society, Phase 5, Parañaque City was dismantled and another Taiwanese was arrested.
On July 11, a ship used as a shabu laboratory was ran aground by the PDEA, BOC and the Philippine Coast Guard in Barangay Calapandayan, Subic, Zambales. The operation led to the arrest of four Chinese.
“In addition, the period saw the neutralization of Meco Tan, a big-time drug lord during the implementation of lawful search in a compound in Pinagbayanan Street, Barangay Lingunan, Valenzuela City on July 22, 2016,” Lapeña said.
On July 23, PDEA operatives and the police arrested Johaira Macabuat alias Mayora Marimar, a former mayor of Maguing, Lanao del Sur and her husband, Army Major Suharto Macabuat and eight others in Cagayan de Oro City.
“The timeline has been set and the targets have been identified. PDEA and other partner agencies are working diligently to address the self-imposed obligations made by President Duterte to the Filipino people,” Lapena said.