PHILIPPINE National Police Drug Enforcement Group (PNP-DEG) director, Brigadier General Narciso D. Domingo on Tuesday announced the uprooting and destruction of over P58 million worth of fully-grown marijuana plants during two separate operations in the countryside this week.
“This is part of our ongoing effort to identify and destroy all clandestine marijuana plantations in the country as we further step-up our war on drugs as ordered by PNP chief, General Rodolfo Azurin Jr.,” the PNP-DEG director said.
Domingo said that around 3 p.m. Monday, members of the DEG Cordillera Special Operations Group spearheaded an operation in Barangay Ngibat in Tinglayan, Kalinga which led to the destruction of an estimated P25 million worth of the prohibited crops.
Members of the Cordillera Police Regional Office supported the operation to uproot the marijuana plants found growing in a nearly 23,000 square meters area. The plants were burned on site.
Domingo said that on the same day, members of the DEG Bangsamoro Administrative Region led a marijuana eradication drive in Bgys. Pundulonan and Dilimbayan in Maguing, Lanao del Sur which resulted in the burning of around P32 million worth of cannabis.
He added that operatives from the BAR Police Regional Office and the Army’s 5thInfantry Division joined the operation.
The official said that destroyed in Bgy. Pindulonan were some P16 million worth of cannabis while uprooted and burned in Bgy. Dilimbayan were some P8 million worth of the same prohibited crops.
No arrests were made during the separate operations however.