By Joseph Jubelag
GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has ordered the destruction of some P8-million worth of illegal drugs which were seized from various anti-drug operations within Region 12.
PDEA regional chief Naravy Duquiatan ordered the burning of one kilogram of shabu and a kilogram of marijuana leaves, illegal drug paraphernalia and other expired regulated drugs turned over by several pharmacies at the crematorium center of Monte Cielo Eternal Gardens in Barangay Mabuhay, this city last Monday.
PDEA regional spokesperson Kathryn Abad said the seized illegal drugs were netted in various anti-drug operations since 2012 which were turned over by at least 16 courts in Region 12.
She said the burning of the seized illegal drugs was in compliance to the guidelines prescribed by the Dangerous Drugs Board which mandates the PDEA to dispose seized dangerous prohibited drugs.
She said the destruction of the seized illegal drugs was made to ensure that they are recycled for the illicit drug market.
The ceremonial burning of the seized illegal drugs was witnessed by local officials, representatives from court, city prosecution office, media, and civil society organizations.