TAGBILARAN CITY, – “Shabu” remains the favorite among the illegal drugs for users based on the number of raids and seized drug paraphernalia conducted by law enforcers in recent months, police said. Earlier, police reported that Bohol topped in the amount of illegal drugs confiscated in Central Visayas while a whooping PhP9.6 million value of drugs was recorded by Camp Dagohoy from August last year to the same month this year.
As reported by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), “shabu” worth PhP23.1 million confiscated last year remains the favourite stuff of all illegal drugs used in Central Visayas. “Shabu” (methamphetamine hydrochloride) had 85% among the illegal substances being popularly used, according to PDEA’s Atty. Mauro Lisen, who presented a power-point report of the agency’s accomplishment during the Regional Peace and Order council meeting in this city yesterday (March 12, 2014), presided over by Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto as chairman.
“Marijuna” or MJ, derived from “cannavis” plant, came in next with 12.%; Nabuphine HCI, 1.94%; ecstacy, .36%; and cocaine, .24%, according to the PDEA report. PDEA said that “Shabu” generated an estimated PhP23,123,646 from a total of 3,083.15 grams seized and MJ (plants) – PhP3,411,200 from a total of 1,985.04 grams. The agency’s report include Nabuphine HCI seized with an equivalent amount of Php1,706.00; and ecstacy, PhP6,000.00.
“Shabu” prices varies from time to time, PDEA said, citing the following data: For the period January-February 2014 it costs about PhP4,000 per gram; July-Dec. 2013 – PhP5,000; Jan-June 2013 — PhP4,000; July-Dec. 2012 — PhP5,000; and Jan-June 2012 — PhP6,000.
The report was based on the total of 626 operations that arrested a total of 848 persons arrested and 1,053 cases filed in court, PDEA said. A total of nine (9) cases of convictions, seven (7) acquitted and five (5) dismissed of the agency’s effort in curbing illegal drugs use and trade in the region.
PDEA has identified the routes of these drugs trades usually the point of origins include Manila, Cebu, Samar and Mindanao. Then the illegal drugs found its way to Central Visayas particularly this city, Siquijor, Danao City, Cebu City, Talisay City, Carcar and Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental. Point of what the PDEA’s called “critical” entries are the seaports, airports, mail/parcel system, coastlines and sea vessels.
The arrest of Sherwin Bautista of this city, whom it considered as “big time pusher” on Feb. 13, 2014 is considered as “high value” target. Louie Navarro, known as drug lord operating in Negros Oriental and arrested on Dec. 9, 2013, is also under the “high value” category.
“Under the “high impact,” the agency arrested Maricris Chiong and Liganie Feraren of Negros Oriental on Feb. 12, 2014 and Elias Hajinaem and Jamael Taha were arrested on Feb. 27, 2014 with 50.0666 grams seized from their possession, PDEA said.
Dismantling of drug dens near a big university in Cebu city was also conducted by the agency with the arrest on Feb. 19, 2014 of unnamed professionals. The agency also arrested Jay Camotes, leader of the Camotes Drugs Gang operating in Carcar, Cebu on Feb. 28, 2014.
PDEA said that despite its constraints in financial and manpower aspects, it remains resolute in putting priority on its drive against “high impact” and “high value” targets. It also puts premium on strengthening engagement with the stakeholders and building up cases in court.