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Bakit inabandona ang lifters? Ping convinced PDEA claim that imported lifters contained shabu

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If the imported magnetic filters abandoned in Cavite did not contain illegal drugs such as methamphetamine (shabu), why were they not used or even sold?

This line of “practical thinking” has led Sen. Panfilo Lacson to believe the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency’s claim that the lifters indeed contained shabu.

“Mas naniniwala ako sa PDEA if only for one very basic and simple reason: Kung magnetic lifters lang ang ipinasok sa Pilipinas through the Bureau of Customs at walang shabu na kasama, bakit iniwan ng importers ang items sa GMA Cavite? Di ba, dapat gamitin or ibebenta nila yun kung sino man ang end user?” Lacson said in a text message to reporters.

“Bakit nagmamadali nilang iniwan ang warehouse? It’s logical, practical thinking, isn’t it?” he added.

The PDEA had claimed the lifters brought into the country and found abandoned in Cavite contained shabu, but the Bureau of Customs denied it.

However, Customs lawyer Ma Lourdes Mangrobang said the empty lifters found in Cavite indeed contained illegal drugs.

On the other hand, Lacson said a “thorough, honest-to-goodness investigation” is in order at the level of the executive branch, if not the Ombudsman.

But he said he is not prepared at this time to believe that BOC Commissioner Isidro Lapena is covering up for drug syndicates or is in cahoots with them.

“I’m more inclined to assume that he is covering up for the imcompetence of the BOC, but not for the drug syndicate,” he said.