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Mas malaki daga ngayon! Drilon alarmed by rampant drug ‘recycling’ in gov’t

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Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon has expressed alarm and dismay over Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)’s admission that recycling of seized illegal drugs is still rampant despite the administration’ aggressive anti-narcotics campaign.

Drilon said the admission of PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino during the Senate finance committee’s hearing on PDEA’s proposed 2020 budget Monday (September 16) showed the war on drugs is a failure.

“This is worrisome. This is a decades-old case of bantay-salakay, wherein the people who are given the task of enforcing the law insofar as drug trafficking is concerned are the ones who lead the anomalous practices,” he said.

During the Senate finance committee’s hearing on PDEA’s proposed P2.497-billion budget, Aquino said a female drug lord is allegedly buying confiscated drugs from government agents.

“Ngayon ko lang sasabihin na meron tayong drug queen dito sa Manila na ang ginagawa lang ay bumibili ng drugs coming from law enforcement agencies,” Aquino said.

Drilon said the modus of recycling drugs had been going on for a long time. He recalled that when he was Justice Secretary, witnesses will tell him that some of the confiscated drugs were eaten by rats when asked about the discrepancy between the amount seized and presented in court.

“Unfortunately today, it is even on a larger scale, mukhang mas malaki ang mga daga ngayon,” he said, noting that around P22 billion of shabu are still in PDEA’s inventory.

“Can you imagine, P22 billion worth of inventory of shabu dating back in 2010, when, in fact, nine years ago it should have been destroyed,” Drilon said.

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