• Palace maintains PH is no drug haven

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    Malacañang on Friday said that it will not allow the country to be a haven of anything illegal.

    The Manila Times earlier reported that that the Philippines is not only a lucrative market for illegal drugs but a vital trade route for international drug rings planning to expand their business through joint ventures.

    Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said that the  Philippine law enforcers continue to enforce the anti-illegal drugs law that prohibits all narcotics in the country.

    Citing the International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, Valte said that there was at least in 2012, a 45 percent increase in drug control operations.

    She also noted that the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine National Police are also coordinating with the international agencies to prevent the production here in the country.

    “You know, with 7100 plus [islands]depending on high tide or low tide that you know it poses a challenge. But apart from geographical location, it is actually more also of the batting average at least when it comes to convictions, iyong tinitignan po nating mapaganda,” she added.

    Meanwhile, Malacañang warned the public that marijuana is still a prohibited drug and its use is illegal.

    The pronouncement came after the world’s first state-licensed marijuana industry openened for business in the US state of Colorado.

    Valte said that unless Congress amends the law, marijuana is considered a prohibited substance under the Philippines’ Dangerous

    Drugs Act.

    “It’s proihibited under the Dangerous Drugs Act. It will remain as such until Congress amends it otherwise,” she noted. CATHERINE S. VALENTE

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