ILOILO CITY – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) destroyed PHP12.5 million worth of dangerous drugs through thermal decomposition on Friday afternoon.
“Those were drug evidence from different regional trial courts in Region 6 (Western Visayas) and were inventoried this morning,” PDEA spokesperson Shey Tanaleon said in a phone interview.
The dangerous drugs that were destroyed at the Gegato-Abecia Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc. in this city’s Jaro district were 1,813.11 grams of shabu worth PHP12.3 million; 1,012.87 grams of dried marijuana leaves and seeds worth PHP121,544.56; and surrendered medicines estimated at PHP74,319.94.
These were confiscated drug evidence, cases of which were already terminated, and those turned over by other law enforcement agencies with court orders for destruction.
The ceremony was witnessed by representatives of regional trial courts, the prosecutor’s office, public attorney’s office, the crime laboratory of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the media, and non-government organizations.
“As long as we comply with the requirements needed in the process of destruction, PDEA can already conduct the destruction of dangerous drugs,” Tanaleon said.
The event was the first ceremony for the year and they target to do it at least twice this year as they also consider the volume of drugs to be submitted to PDEA.
Thermal decomposition or thermolysis is the method of decomposition or breaking down of chemicals by heat.
At 1,000 degrees Centigrade, all dangerous drugs are decomposed or broken down, she said.
The directive to immediately destroy seized illegal drugs is mandated under Section 21(4) of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, and Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) Regulation 1 series of 2002 and 2007. (PNA)