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Batangas shabu haul puts to P42B drugs seized under Marcos admin

April 22, 2024 Alfred P. Dalizon 83 views

ShabuTHE seizure by the Philippine National Police (PNP) of 1.4 tons of shabu worth P9.68 billion in Alitagtag, Batangas last April 15 has brought to over P42 billion the amount of prohibited drugs confiscated by law enforcement agents under the Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. administration from July 1, 2022 to date.

That operation in Brgy. Pinagkrusan, Alitagtag headed by Captain Luis de Luna is another testament to disclosures made by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) that there were less drug-related deaths and more drug confiscations made by law enforcement agencies under the 21-month old Marcos Jr. government.

President Marcos congratulated the PNP, headed by General Rommel Francisco D. Marbil and the Police Regional Office 4-A headed by Brigadier Gen. Kenneth Paul T. Lucas, for their latest anti-drug accomplishment.

“This is the biggest shipment of shabu na nahuli natin. But not one person died. No one was shot, no one was harmed. We conducted the operation carefully,” President Marcos said.

“For me, that should be the approach for the drug war where the most important thing is to stop the shipment of drugs from entering the Philippines,” the Commander-in-Chief added.

The PDEA headed by Director General Moro Virgilio M. Lazo earlier said that there were less drug-related deaths and more drug confiscations made by law enforcement agencies under the Marcos Jr. administration compared to the figures churned during the first two-years of the previous Rodrigo R. Duterte presidency.

During the period, the PDEA said that a total of 84,291 drug personalities were sent to jail and are now facing criminal charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Although the numbers of anti-drug operations and arrests pale in comparison to the figures posted at the onset of the intense war on drugs waged by the former Duterte administration, Lazo said there was a monumental decline of 95 percent in the number of drug personalities who died during anti-drug operations.

“The glaring dip on deaths is attributed to a pivotal shift, from a harsh approach at the time of the drug war to the present campaign where heightened attention on the conduct of intelligence-based, high-impact anti-drug operations is given much emphasis,” the official said.

He said that as a result, 4.4 tons of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu were seized.