Oversupply of drugs?*

HAVE you ever wondered why there seems to be a never-ending supply of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu in Metro Manila nowadays?

And why are we seeing news reports of large volumes of the illegal drug worth millions of pesos getting seized from several suspected pushers and carriers?

Is it possible that some personnel from the government’s anti-drug agencies who are supposed to fight its proliferation have turned their back on the law and now conspired in its circulation?

I still have faith in our laws and in government. There may be a few bad eggs out there but a great majority of officials in the administration can still be trusted to strictly follow and enforce our laws and not bend them to suit their needs.

According to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the drugs seized from recent raids in Metro Manila matched the drugs found in magnetic lifters intercepted at the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) and are connected to the empty magnetic lifters found in Cavite last August 10. PDEA officials came to this conclusion after conducting an “impurity drug profiling” on the samples seized from the raid.

PDEA Director-General Aaron Aquino said there is reason to believe that drugs supposedly kept inside four magnetic lifters found in Cavite that slipped past authorities have already flooded the streets.

Although empty when discovered, Aquino believes that the four magnetic lifters contained PhP11 billion worth of shabu after detection dogs sniffed them out. He thinks the two magnetic lifters they seized at the MICT were supposed to be delivered to the same warehouse in Cavite and the drug ring had them “sacrificed” as an “offering” to make authorities believe that they had seized the entire shipment.

With poor man’s cocaine flooding the streets of Metro Manila, he adds, its price per gram has dropped from PhP6,800 last July to PhP1,400 at present.

Former officers from the Bureau of Customs (BOC), Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) have been implicated in the simultaneous probes conducted by the House of Representatives and the Senate. They are thought to have facilitated the release of the lifters’ shipment since they were all still in active service when it arrived in Manila.

While those involved should be charged and jailed, I am also calling on all people from government not to get involved in illegal drugs in any way. Countless lives and families have already been destroyed due to drugs. Have a heart.

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Robert Roque Jr.
Robert B. Roque Jr. is a veteran journalist who started out as a correspondent for Manila Bulletin's tabloid TEMPO in 1983. In 1989, At age 27, he rose to become the youngest associate editor of a newspaper of national circulation. In mid-2000, he took the helm of the paper as its editor until his voluntary retirement in 2012. He currently writes a syndicated column for TEMPO, Remate, and Hataw newspapers, and for this site, Beyond Deadlines. A former journalism lecturer at the Faculty of Arts and Letters of the University of Santo Tomas from 1992 to 2002, Roque is also an active member of the Lions Clubs International, the largest service club organization in the world, having served as head of the Philippine Lions (council chairperson) in Lion Year 2011-2012.

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