Wednesday, April 12, 2006
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (Cagayan journal / April 12) Police Yesterday vowed to step up the government's anti-illegal drug campaign in Northern Mindanao and warned syndicates to stop their nefarious activities or end up in jails.
Senior Supt. Rolando T. Dela Vega, Northern Mindanao police spokesman, said the campaign against illegal drugs will continue as the PRO 10 regional director Chief Supt. Florante Baguio urged the public to help authorities fight the menace of society.
Dela Vega who is the former regional training supervisor at the Special Training Unit 10 said Baguio lauded the members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and other law enforcement groups for their dedication to their jobs that led to the confiscation of illegal drugs in the region.
The police recently destroyed some P30 million worth of confiscated chemicals and laboratory equipment used in the manufacture of shabu including separate raids and the uncovered drug laboratories in Misamis Oriental and Iligan City.
“The destruction of the illegal drug substance and laboratory equipment is part of the relentless effort by the PRO 10 to eradicate the distribution of illegal drugs in Northern Mindanao," Dela Vega said adding Baguio commended the good work of the law enforcers in the region.
Police report said burned chemicals were among those confiscated from a warehouse owned by businessman Stephen Gaisano in Cugman here, Lugait town in Misamis Oriental and Barangay Saray, Iligan City.
"The police destroyed almost 1, 300 kilos of chemical substance used as main ingredients in the manufacture of shabu, these are composed of black powder, white flakes and sodium hydroxide. And almost 3,000 bottles of acetone chloroform and other liquid chemicals," Dela Vega said.
He said the illegal chemicals could have supplied the entire region and destroy many lives had it was not confiscated by the police.