A total of P13.36 billion worth of illegal drugs was destroyed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Trece Martires City, Cavite on Friday.

Destroyed at the Integrated Waste Management, Inc. (IWMI) in Barangay Aguado were drugs seized in various operations of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other law enforcement units.

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DESTROYED (From left) Wilkins Villanueva, director general, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency; Jose Midas Marquez, court administrator; Archie Gamboa, Philippine National Police chief; Catalino Cuy, chairman, Dangerous Drugs Board; and other officials are shown during PDEA’s destruction of illegal drugs worth P13.36 billion in Trece Martires City on Aug. 21, 2020 PHOTO BY BOY JOSUE

The destruction was the first since the assumption of PDEA Director General Wilkins Villanueva.

It was also the biggest volume in the history of the PDEA with a total net weight of 2 tons of confiscated drugs from stings and from those turned over by authorities and subsequently ordered by the courts to be destroyed.

Destroyed on Friday through thermal decomposition was a total of 2,103,904.93 grams or 2.10 tons of drugs.

Thermal decomposition, or thermolysis, is a process of breaking down chemical compounds by heat.

The drugs destroyed were shabu, marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, ephedrine, ketamine, diazepam, methylephedrine, Nalbuphine, MDA (methylenedioxyamphetamine), GBL (gamma-butyrolactone), 2C-B and liquid ecstasy.

Villanueva said the destruction was proof of the transparency of the anti-illegal drugs campaign of the government.

“We want to assure the public that the PDEA, as the lead agency in the national anti-drug campaign, adheres to transparency, gives credence to accountability that strictly follows the existing laws and rules and dispel the public notion that these illicit items are being reused, recycled or sold back in the streets. Never [will that] scenario [happen],” the PDEA chief pointed out in a statement.

The destruction was in compliance with guidelines on custody and disposition of seized dangerous drugs required under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and the 2002 Dangerous Drugs Board regulation.

Based on PDEA data since July 1, 2016, a total of P41.39 billion worth of illegal drugs has been destroyed.

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