CAMP BADO DANGWA, La Trinidad, Benguet: The intensified anti-illegal drug operations of law enforcement agencies resulted in the destruction of more than P146.5 million worth of marijuana plants in Tinglayan, Kalinga.
The joint operatives of the Tinglayan Police, Kalinga Police and its Drug Enforcement Unit, Kalinga Provincial Maneuver Force Company, and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency of Region 2 and Cordillera destroyed marijuana plants in different sites in Barangay Buscalan, Tinglayan, Kalinga through “Oplan Green Pearl Sherfan.”
During the three-day eradication from August 13 to 15, the operatives discovered nine plantation sites and uprooted 717,900 fully grown marijuana plants planted in a land area of 39,800 square meters.
Also discovered were 25 kilograms of dried marijuana stalks in the plantation sites. The illegal drugs had a total Dangerous Drug Board value of P146.58 million.
All uprooted marijuana plants and stalks were burned on site, while only a few samples were brought by the operatives for evidence purposes.
Brig. Gen. Israel Ephraim Dickson commended the operatives for a job well done and for their untiring efforts in eradicating marijuana plants in their areas of responsibility.
“We will not relax, we will not relent and we will fulfill our President’s vision of a drug-free Philippines. Our police operations against illegal drugs continue to be conducted within the bounds of the law with utmost respect for human rights,” Dickson added.