DATE: June 2, 2022

Vice President-elect Sara Duterte-Carpio is the Guest of Honor and speaker as the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) destroyed ₱14,292,230,591.82 worth of dangerous drugs - the largest volume of seized dangerous drugs slated for destruction - today (Thursday, June 2, 2022), at the Integrated Waste Management, Inc. (IWMI), Barangay Aguado, Trece Martires City, Cavite.

Based on the Consolidated Report of the PDEA Laboratory Service, among the largest quantities of illegal drugs destroyed included: 2,076.523 kilograms of Methamphetamine Hydrochloride or shabu, 426.479 kilograms of Marijuana, and 18.357 kilograms of MDMA or Ecstasy.

The destruction of the dangerous drugs complies with the guidelines set in Republic Act 9165, or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, and Dangerous Drugs Board Regulation No. 1, Series of 2002.

The pieces of drug evidence were destroyed through thermal decomposition or thermolysis which breaks down chemical compounds with the use of tremendous heat.  At 1,000 degrees centigrade, all dangerous drugs are totally decomposed or broken down.

“I am confident that this activity symbolizes the fulfillment of duty and transparency, as well as serve as another stepping stone that will place this Agency to greater heights in the succeeding years,” stated Duterte-Carpio in her official statement.

PDEA Director General Wilkins M. Villanueva lauded the different branches of Regional Trial Courts (RTCs) for the expeditious prosecution and disposition of drug cases. Illegal drugs no longer needed as evidence in court are immediately scheduled for destruction.

PDEA key officials, local officials of Barangay Aguado, Trece Martires City, representatives from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other law enforcement agencies (LEAs), the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), non-government organizations (NGOs) and media partners witnessed the destruction activity.

“Ang mga kawani ng PDEA ay mananatiling mapagmatyag at masigasig sa pagtupad ng sinumpaang tungkulin, upang hindi masayang ang mga nakamtan nating tagumpay sa loob ng nagdaang anim na taon,” Villanueva emphasized shortly after the destruction was concluded.

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