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Cocaine bricks in Siargao not alarming – Bato

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

SURIGAO CITY – Former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief and administration senatorial aspirant Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa insisted that there is no cause for alarm following the retrieval cocaine bricks worth P257.4 million along the waters off Burgos town in Siargao Island on Monday.

In an interview in Surigao City, dela Rosa stressed that since only two percent of drug users in the country are hooked into cocaine, there is no need to worry even if this was the second time in three months that floating cocaine bricks were fished off along the shores of Siargao in Surigao del Norte.

“So two percent lang ang makinabang dyan. Di masyadong alarming, disgrasya lang yan. Disgrasya lang yan yung shipment niyan papunta dito,” said Dela Rosa.

“Alarming yan kung drum drum ng shabu yang lumulutang… sabi ng PDEA (Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency), only two percent of the drug users in the Philippines are into cocaine (and) 98 percent ay shabu,” the former PNP chief added.

House committee on dangerous drugs chair and Surigao del Norte second district Rep. Robert Ace Barbers expressed his worry that members of the international drug syndicates are using Siargao as a transshipment point of cocaine in the country.

He added that being a rising tourist spot in the country, Siargao Island is prone to be conquered by drug syndicates since lots of tourist have been visiting the famous surfing sanctuary all year round.

The 40 pieces of cocaine bricks which were recovered in the Municipality of Burgos last Monday afternoon have the same “3B BUGATTI” markings just like the 37 blocks that were fished off last February.

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