By Franco G. Regala
CLARK FREEPORT ZONE, Pampanga — A South Korean man who was arrested earlier Friday at the airport, here, for alleged possession of illegal drugs was released by authorities later in the day.
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 3 (PDEA3) Regional Director Gil T. Pabilon said Kim Junho, 37, was released after it was found that the substance found in his possession was neither marijuana nor cocaine as earlier believed.
Pabilon did not identify the items found in the foreigner’s luggage, but confirmed that these have already been forwarded to the PDEA main office in Quezon City for further verification.
In his statement following the arrest of the foreigner, Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) President Alexander Cauguiran warned against smuggling prohibited substances or contraband into the country, saying there will be no compromises with airport security.
Kim was arrested at 9 a.m. today after airport security personnel discovered in his possession one sachet of dried leaves believed to be marijuana and sachets of white substance thought to be cocaine or “shabu.”
Airport security took him to the Philippine National Police Aviation Security Unit for questioning and was later turned over to the custody of the PDEA3 for further investigation.
Two hours later, Kim was released by the PDEA3.