Illegal drug destruction

April 01, 2019

SLAYING the dreaded “drug monster” is better said than done in the Philippines, a Southeast Asian country still teeming with shabu, marijuana and other habit-forming substances.

In fact, the drug menace remains a major problem of the government almost three years after President Duterte, a known drug buster, assumed the top political post of the land.

Note that right after taking his oath as Chief Executive at 12 noon on June 30, 2016, Duterte launched a total war against illegal drugs, drawing the ire of critics and the political opposition.

However, President Duterte’s war on drugs continues to fire the imagination of many sectors, particularly the millions of people victimized by drug addicts in various parts of the country.

To ensure the success of the campaign against the “drug monster,” the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) destroys all prohibited drugs confiscated by the police and other law enforcement authorities.

Records show that dangerous drugs, including shabu, marijuana and ecstasy, worth an estimated P47 billion have been destroyed through thermal decomposition since 2008.

PDEA chair Director-General Aaron N. Aquino said that from 2008 to 2018, destroyed were 19,622 kilograms or 18.29 tons of solid illegal drugs and 6,020.32 liters of illegal drugs.

During the 10-year period, PDEA presided over 25 destruction activities regularly done by third parties with chemical treatment facilities duly-accredited by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

They include the Integrated Waste Management, Inc. in Trece Martirez City, Cavite and Clean Leaf International Corporation in Maysilo, Malabon, according to PDEA, the law enforcement arm of the Dangerous Drugs Board.

The government deserves the support of the people as it exerts its best efforts to address the illegal drugs problem.