About P22.8 million worth of shabu and marijuana was destroyed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Region 6 at the Bacolod Hall of Justice, Regional Trial Court, Branch 45, at about 2:30 p.m. yesterday.
PDEA director Ronnie Delicana said they destroyed P22,729,255 worth of shabu weighing 2674.03 grams and 5251.77 grams of marijuana valued at P72,800.
The drugs were destroyed by being soaked in a chemical solution.
Delicana said the shabu and marijuana were collected from the four courts in the cities of Kabankalan, Cadiz, and Bacolod, and the cases on them have already been disposed of.
He said illegal drugs should be destroyed within a certain number of days after the disposal of the case. However, the seized drugs are not that voluminous so they collect them first to minimize the cost of the procedure.
Delicana said that if the recovery is voluminous, a representative sample will be taken after the apprehension, and will be used as evidence in the court, and the rest will be destroyed.
In the region, the PDEA conducts the activity every six months if they have lot of evidences to be destroyed, otherwise they wait for a year to do it, he said.
Delicana said the destruction has been opened to the public so the people can see that the evidences used by the court for drug cases are not being recycled but being destroyed.
He also said there are 3,000 pending cases involving drugs all over Western Visayas, shared by several courts. “I would say that, in the region, the disposition of drug cases is fast and also the convictions”, he said.
Delicana said Region 6 is the highest in convictions of illegal drug violators, who include those nabbed by the PNP. “In the whole country, we are in the top three in terms of convictions”, he said.
The PDEA is eyeing the roll-on/roll-off vessels as the main way of transporting illegal drugs but they lack the facility to check every one passing through, Delicana said.
He added that PDEA will set up an anti-drug abuse council in every municipality to help them identify drug watch list areas.*SGG