PDEA Central Visayas set to destroy over P80 million in illegal drugs

Published October 7, 2020, 12:25 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY—In compliance with President Duterte’s order, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Visayas (PDEA 7) is set to destroy over P80 million worth of seized shabu, marijuana and expired medicines.

PDEA 7 Regional Director Levi Ortiz said the court has already approved the destruction of illegal drugs that had been used as evidence in court hearings.

Duterte had earlier ordered the destruction of seized drugs to prevent any recycling or reselling of illegal drugs that have been seized in police operations.

Ortiz said the PDEA 7 is set to destroy 11 kilos of shabu and 20 kilos of dried marijuana leaves.

Ortiz said the PDEA 7 had planned to destroy the seized illegal drugs last August in Negros Oriental, but it did not push through due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Ortiz said the PDEA 7 has asked the APO cement factory if the destruction can be held in its facility in the City of Naga, but the company declined.

The PDEA 7 is hoping that the destruction at the cement factory will push through with the help of Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia.

“We talked with the governor during a courtesy call and she said that she will be the one to facilitate with our request,” said Ortiz.

Ortiz said it takes time before seized illegal drugs can be destroyed because there are legal processes to be followed.

“We want to let the public understand that these seized illegal drugs are being presented in court hearings as evidence. These confiscated illegal drugs will be destroyed with the approval of the court,” Ortiz said.