THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) revised the estimated value of the missing drugs from the four magnetic lifters in Cavite, which would now amount to 11 billion.
PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino yesterday said the amount of methampetamine hydrochloride (shabu) estimated at 6.8 billion in August was now worth 11 billion.
He said there was a discrepancy between the estimated weight of the shipment recorded by PDEA, and its recorded weight written on the shipment’s bill of lading.
Aquino alleged the 1.6 tons is the weight of the shabu inside the lifters, higher than the previous 1 ton estimate.
The PDEA chief also expressed happiness that Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña also changed his mind on the presence of shabu in the lifters.
“Sinabi ko kay Commissioner, ‘Sir, ngayon pwede na tayong mag-join ulit. Pwede na tayong mag-conduct ng joint investigation, pwede na rin nating birahin ulit kung sino ‘yung sindikatong involved dito,” Aquino said.
However, Lapeña disputed Aquino’s claim that the four lifters contained 11 billion in shabu.
Lapeña said three of the lifters are of the same size as the magnetic lifters seized from the Manila International Container Port before.
The Commissioner then said all you need is simple arithmetic, and that the figures are merely speculation.
“You will come up hindi nga [not even] one ton eh… if you will just make arithmetic, it will just be 600 plus (kilograms),” he said in a press briefing in Malacañang.
“If you multiply that by the price of the shabu that time which is 6,800 per gram, that’s more or less the price. That’s why I don’t know bakit ganoon lumaki,” he added.
By CNN Philippines