Philippine National Police Chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar on Monday tasked all local police chiefs to update their rosters of suspected drug personalities following the seizure of billions-worth of shabu in the recent weeks.
Eleazar cited the need to update the lists as 809 kilograms of illegal drugs were confiscated in separate anti-illegal drugs operations in Zambales, Bataan and Cavite.
The total haul has a street value of more than P5.5 billion — the biggest drug confiscation this year.
Eleazar based his order on the call by President Rodrigo Duterte to further step up the campaign against illegal drugs, years after he admitted that he could not solve the problem that he once vowed to end in six months from the start of his term in June 2016.
They’re still alive
The seizure of the more or less 809 kilos of shabu in Zambales, Bataan and Cavite last week, Eleazar said, indicates that the syndicates are still operating in the country.
They receive help from the drug pushers in the communities, the top cop added.
“The confiscation of more or less 809 kilos of shabu last week is proof that illegal drug syndicates still have a market in the country. That is the reason why we need to further step up our campaign down to the community level, with the distributors or the sellers as the priority targets.”
Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Eduardo Año had asked Eleazar for the update on the priority targets, especially those who sell illegal drugs, just as President Duterte is to wrap up his term in June next year.
Last week, six big-time drug pushers died in the operations in Zambales where 500 kilos of shabu were seized, among them Xu Youhua who was tagged as one the biggest shabu importers in the Philippines.
Also killed was Bashar Bangon, known as the key player in illegal drugs distribution in Metro Manila and CALABARZON.
In Bacoor, Cavite, 181 kilos of shabu were seized.
Three others were arrested in the Bataan stakeout.
Eleazar also disclosed working with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency for the immediate destruction of the confiscated illegal drugs.
“The drug syndicates did not rest even during the pandemic, so I also encourage our stakeholders and community partners to help us in this fight,” Eleazar stated.
Also last week, a policeman assigned in Tarlac City was arrested in a buy-bust. He was tagged as the protector and financier of some drug pushers in Tarlac. Eleazar vowed his dismissal from service.
The President has taken a very strong stance against the proliferation of illegal drugs in the country.
He has named five police generals as protectors of the drugs syndicates in 2016, expelling two of them from active service.
Former Quezon City Police Chief Gen. Edgardo Tinio, former National Capital Region Police Chief General Joel Pagdilao, former Western Visayas Police Chief Gen. Bernardo Diaz, former Deputy Director-General Marcelo Garbo, Jr., and General Vic Loot, who later became Daanbantayan, Cebu mayor, have figured prominently in President Duterte’s own drugs matrix.
No charges have been filed against them.
Pagdilao and Tinio were dismissed by Duterte in 2017.