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PIA Press Release
Sunday, January 15, 2012


PDEA-6 steps up drug watch as Dinagyang nears

by Elsa S. Subong

ILOILO CITY, Jan. 15 (PIA) –- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in the region is on the alert monitoring the movement of Drug couriers as the Dinagyang Festival nears its peak.

PDEA-6 Legal Counsel Atty. Ronnie Delicana said they are closely monitoring possible entry of illegal drugs and are keeping the drug traders and couriers under tight surveillance, together with the police.

Delicana said they have been watching all key entry and exit points, particularly the seaports, since last year, in close coordination with the Police Special Operations Group headed by Supt. Noel Lamses.

PDEA records showed that Iloilo City is among the illegal drugs trade hot spots in Western Visayas, with nine of its 180 barangays considered “seriously affected,” 18, “moderately affected” while the rest, “slightly affected.”

Delicana said PDEA will deploy plainclothes drug enforcement agents around Iloilo City during the highlight of the Dinagyang on January 21-22, on alert for drug traders.

Those caught, according to the PDEA, either selling or using illeal drugs, will be charged for violations of RA 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

As of December last year, PDEA said they have filed 157 charges against 157 suspected drug pushers/users in the city.

On the other hand, Iloilo City Police Director Sr. Supt. Marietto Valerio said they are vigilant on illegal drugs trade as Dinagyang is expected to gather millions of people. (JCM/ESS/PIA6).

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