Part of seized P6.4-billion shabu floods city – MPD | by: Pat C. Santos | September 07, 2017


Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada has directed the Manila Police District (MPD) to neutralize the sources of drugs that are still arriving in the city which the city police suspect was part of the P6.4-billion drug shipment smuggled out of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) last May.

Citing a report submitted by MPD director Chief Supt. Joel Coronel, Estrada said the local demand for drugs, especially shabu, is still high amid the city police’s concerted anti-drug operations in the past weeks.
“This is quite alarming. Drugs from outside sources continue to arrive in our city. We have to trace their origins and neutralize it in soonest possible time,” the Manila mayor said as he relayed his instructions to Coronel.

In an interview, the MPD chief revealed intelligence reports stating that huge deliveries of drugs to the city still continue.
“Monitored namin na meron pa ring (drug) supply coming in,” Coronel said. “We suspect this was part of the shipment smuggled out of Customs.”
“Kaya mataas pa rin ang demand,” he added.

The P6.4-billion shabu that was seized in Valenzuela City last May triggered a Senate investigation into how it managed to pass through the Bureau of Customs.
The controversy prompted the resignation of then BoC chief Nicanor Faeldon due to allegations of corruption and negligence.

As tasked by Estrada, Coronel said efforts are being made to track down the sources of drugs that continue to arrive in the city and delivered to local distributors. “Tuluy-tuloy ang ating monitoring and law enforcement operations. Hanggang sa Kapaskuhan na ‘to. We have to disrupt these supply lines and shut them down permanently,” Coronel said.

Only last month, the MPD conducted a “one-time, big-time” anti-drugs and criminality operations that resulted in the deaths of 25 suspects, mostly drug pushers, and in the arrest of 166 more.  The simultaneous anti-criminality operations were carried out in Sta. Cruz, Sampaloc, Malate, Tondo and Abad Santos Avenue, among other places, Coronel added.

To reduce the demand for drugs, Coronel said the MPD is closely working hand-in-hand with the city hall in implementing various drug demand reduction strategies such as Estrada’s anti-drug education program Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE).  “We’re now concentrating on demand reduction programs kaya aside from police operations, we coordinate with different barangays through MADAC (Manila Anti-Drug Abuse Council) chaired by Mayor Estrada himself,” he pointed out.

Originally from the US, DARE is a classroom instruction program that taps active duty police officers and soldiers to teach Grades 5 and 6 students good decision-making skills to keep them away from drugs and other vices.