PNP steers clear of PDEA-BoC ‘word war,’ urges ‘harmonized’ drive vs drugs

October 22, 2018

PHILIPPINE National Police chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde yesterday refused to be drawn into the ongoing “word war” between the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Bureau of Customs regarding a recent huge drug shipment and instead said the PNP wants all other government law enforcement agencies to join them in their effort to “harmonize” their anti-narcotics campaign.

The PNP chief refused to comment on the controversy which has pitted PDEA chair Director General Aaron N. Aquino against BoC Commissioner Isidro S. Lapeña. All he said is that if the claim of Aquino that an estimated P6.8 billion worth of shabu was smuggled using Customs’ facilities, they would help the two agencies recover the stuff.

“Basically, ayaw naming pumasok doon sa issue na kung meron man o walang laman ang mga magnetic filters. But if the PDEA will be able to substantiate its allegations, so be it. We will support them in accounting for these drugs,” Albayalde said.

He said that PNP Director for Operations, Director Ma-o R. Aplasca, last week also met with top PDEA and Dangerous Drugs Board officials to discuss their effort to “harmonize” all government campaigns against illegal drug trafficking and abuse.

“We also plan to invite other law enforcement agencies from the BoC and the National Bureau of Investigation soon,” said Aplasca.

Gen. Albayalde said that if the reported oversupply of shabu as a result of the recently discovered new smuggling scheme at the BoC would be proven true, they will waste no time in ‘doubling, even tripling’ their effort to get these drugs off the streets.

Aquino’s office earlier said he never came out with any statement calling on President Duterte to hold Commissioner Lapeña accountable for the alleged P6.8 billion shabu that was contained in the four empty magnetic lifters that were found in a warehouse in Trece Martires Cavite.

Aquino also defended the accuracy and use of impurity profiling of confiscated drugs by his agency.

He described impurity drug profiling as a scientific tool applying chemical and physical techniques to determine if a relation exists between illicit drug seizures and the significance of such relationship.

A similarity match or strong correlation of samples where the correlation values are greater or equal to 0.98 (range is 0.98 – 1.0) obtained from a statistical tool, cluster analysis, means that they came from the same manufacturer and same method of production, he explained.

In this case, the shabu came from the Golden Triangle (Myanmar, Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Thailand) drug syndicate and was transported to different destinations.

Gen. Aquino said that the procedure used by PDEA Laboratory Service for the profiling of shabu is similar to the one established and validated by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime  and the software used for the statistical data analysis of impurity patterns is used in Japan and introduced by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to the PDEA.