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PDEA destroys over P900M chemicals, equipment for making shabu



The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency destroyed more than P904.3 million worth of chemicals and equipment intended for the production of methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, in Valenzuela City earlier today.

Wilkins Villanueva, PDEA director general, said it was the biggest destruction of controlled precursors and essential chemicals (CPECS) and laboratory apparatus in the history of the country’s drug law enforcement.

According to the agency, the destroyed materials include P784.25 million worth of solid chemicals such as red phosphorus, iodine, sodium hydroxide, acetamenophen, tartaric acid, potassium iodate, sodium acetate trihydrate, and ethyl maltol, sodium chloride, activated carbon, and ionomer.

Some P108.32 million worth of liquid chemicals such as hydrochloric acid, acetone, methyl ethyl ketone, sulfuric acid, acetic anhydride, acetic acid, ethanol, methanol, ammonia, isopropyl alcohol, cyclohexane, diethyl ether, and propylene glycol were also destroyed.

The destroyed laboratory equipment was worth more than P11.72 million.

Efforts of different branches of Regional Trial Courts to speed up disposition of drug cases led to the prompt destruction of the chemicals and equipment, Villanueva said.

Mayor Rex Gatchalian of Valenzuela City served as guest of honor and speaker at a ceremony held for the items’ destruction in Brgy. Punturin.

Officials of PDEA, Brgy. Punturin, representatives from other law enforcement agencies, the Department of Justice, Department of the Interior and Local Government, non-government organizations, and media witnessed the activity.

“PDEA continues to destroy dangerous drugs, CPECs and laboratory equipment before the public not only to comply with the law, but to also show transparency and accountability,” said Villanueva.