• PDEA agents arrest 11 drug suspects


    The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) presented to the media 11 suspected drug personalities who were arrested in a hotel buy-bust in Taguig City where P340,000 worth of “date rape” drugs were confiscated.

    The suspects were about to have a sex orgy when the authorities barged in.

    “This is a stern warning to those who use these kind of drugs. There will be a time when we will smite you,” PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino said in a press briefing on Monday night.

    Seized during the operation were gamma-Butyrolactone or GBL, weighing 530.8 milliliters, worth P300,000, 20 tablets of ecstasy worth P40,000, two plastic sachets of shabu worth P500, and a bottle containing white capsules.

    GBL is commonly referred to as a “club drug” or “date rape” drug usually used by young people at bars, rave parties, and clubs, and is often placed in alcoholic drinks. Euphoria, increased sex drive, and sleepiness are the reported effects of GBL abuse.

    “They use a dropper and they put at least two drops or more in the drinks. After that, the drugs take effect. Using syringes they inject the liquid ecstasy in the veins, so that the effect will be stronger,” PDEA Special Enforcement Service (PDEA-SES) Director Levi Ortiz said.

    At about 10 a.m. on Sunday, PDEA-SES conducted an entrapment against Edmond Remegio, 33, and Malik Coronel, 33, inside Seda Hotel, Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig City.

    Also arrested for drug use were Manuel Valdes, 34; Jose Carlo Torres, 38, an engineer; Mario Aclan, 27, a make-up artist; Angelo Padasas, 28, an office staff; Jevel Ucero, 22, a student; Carlo Kasala, 25, a physician; Legui Brylle Gonzales, 28, an account manager; and Bryan Dizon, 20, a software developer.

    “Actually, they were caught in Room 609. They were already in their underwear. They were about to have a sex orgy. One of them even admitted to being HIV positive,” Aquino said.

    Remegio and Coronel will be charged with violation of Article II of Republic Act 9165 or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs), Section 26 (Conspiracy to Sell) and Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs).

    The suspects who were allegedly caught using the drugs will be charged for violation of Section 15 (Use of Dangerous Drugs).

    The suspects are under the custody of the PDEA-SES.


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