P63.4 million marijuana destroyed in Cordillera

Published July 3, 2019, 7:10 PM

by Martin Sadongdong & Antonio Colina

By Zaldy Comanda 

LA TRINIDAD,Benguet – Another P63.4-million worth of marijuana plants was destroyed in the weeklong Simultaneous Anti–Criminality Law Enforcement Operations (SACLEO) from June 24 to 30, the Police Regional Office Cordillera (PROCOR), reported.

Police Brigadier General Ephraim Dickson, regional director, said the massive marijuana eradication campaign was jointly implemented by the personnel of Benguet Police Provincial Office (PPO), Kalinga PPO, Mountain Province PPO, members of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Cordillera (PDEA-CAR) and the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) members of concerned municipalities.

In Benguet, a total of P11,223,800 assorted marijuana plants composed of 8,300 fully grown plants, 120 kgs marijuana stalks, one kilo dried leaves, 100 pieces of marijuana sticks, and 1,000 marijuana seedlings were burned onsite during the implementation of Oplan “Bushwacker 2” in seven different plantation sites in Barangay Tacadang and Brgy Palina, both in Kibungan, Benguet, Makmakyes/Las-igan, Cabitin, Mankayan, Benguet and Macagang, Kayapa, Bakun, Benguet.

In Kalinga, a total of P49.6 million worth of fully grown marijuana plants were also eradicated in Barangay Loccong, Tinglayan, Kalinga on June 28. The 240,500 fully grown marijuana plants were discovered in nine plantation sites with a total land area of 14,200 square meters.

In Mountain Province, P2.6 million worth of fully grown marijuana plants were uprooted and burned at the boundaries of Sadanga, Mt Province and Bugnay, Tinglayan, Kalinga on June 28.

Dickson said various OPLANs were crafted to clear all drug-affected barangays in Benguet, Kalinga and Mt. Province. Before the one-week operation, casing and zeroing of target