By Chito Chavez
Agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) seized 465 tablets of ecstasy worth P1.4 million in a buy-bust operation in Quezon City on Thursday.
In a report to PDEA Deputy Director General Gregorio Pimentel, PDEA Special Enforcement Service (SES) Director Levi Ortiz identified the suspect as Arnold Emmanuel.
After months of surveillance the PDEA operatives were able to track down and carry out the operation at Family Mart Global Tower 1 Eastwood in Barangay Bagumbayan Quezon City.
The suspect is now facing charges for violation of section 5 article II of Republic Act 9165 otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
To recall, PDEA spokesman Derrick Arnold Carreon urged the public to report any suspicious groups engaged in the illegal drug trade.
He recognized that public participation is vital in the government’s bid to win the illegal drug war.
Just recently, some 18 confidential informants received cash rewards amounting to more than PHP11.224 million from the agency after they provided information that resulted in successful anti-drug operations and confiscation of illegal drugs.
The informants, identified only through their codenames Let-Let, Bobords, Boy, Vin, Baco, Ed, Sam Milby, Daine, Zaido, Blacky, Albobu, Teddy Bear, Tikboy, Batuzai, Gawed, Cardo I, Cardo II, and Apog provided information that resulted successful anti-drug operations, confiscation of illegal drugs, and arrest of drug personalities.
The informants received their cash rewards during the 17th Anniversary celebration of the agency at the PDEA National Headquarters in Quezon City.
PDEA Director-General Aaron Aquino noted the granting of rewards and incentives is under PDEA “Operation Private Eye”, a citizen-based information collection program designed to encourage the active participation of private citizens to report illegal drug activities in their communities.
The Private Eye Rewards Committee is composed of members from the academe, non-government organizations, law enforcement, religious and business sectors, who deliberate and approve the granting of cash rewards to confidential informants. The CIs are identified only by their codenames for reasons of anonymity.
“Operation Private Eye” is one way of encouraging the public to help the government’s anti-drug campaign by providing cash reward for information that result in the seizure of illegal drugs and arrest of drug personalities,” said Aquino.
“Informants remain anonymous for their security and protection,” the PDEA chief added.
In a related development, the agency’s six operating units have also received monetary reward amounting to PHP8,669,933.75 for their successful and meritorious anti-drug operations.
Aquino personally gave the rewards also on Friday to PDEA- Intelligence and Investigation Service (PDEA-IIS), PDEA Regional Office National Capital Region (PDEA RO NCR), PDEA-Regional Office III (PDEA RO III), PDEA Regional Office IV-A (PDEA RO IV-A), PDEA Regional Office XI (PDEA RO XI), and PDEA Regional Office XII (PDEA RO XII).
The granting of rewards was based on the creation of “Operation Lawmen” pursuant to Section 22 of RA No. 9165 which was institutionalized through Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) Regulation Number 1, Series of 2016 that took effect on September 3, 2016.
Among the PDEA operating units, PDEA-IIS received the biggest reward amounting to P2,506,266.71 after the successful implementation of two search warrants that resulted in the dismantling of a clandestine laboratory in Tila, Malabon City on April 16, 2018 that also resulted in the confiscation of 9.8 liters of liquid shabu, chemicals and various laboratory apparatus and equipment; and the dismantling of a clandestine laboratory in Pasay City on September 25, 2018 that resulted in the seizure of 91.7 kilos of shabu worth P623 million and various laboratory apparatus and equipment, and the arrest of four Chinese nationals.
“Operation Lawmen is the reward or award program for law enforcers or members of the anti-illegal drug units/teams or task forces, including the support unit/s,” Aquino pointed out.
He said this reward scheme will boost the morale of different law enforcement operating teams in conducting anti-drug operations.