Cebu councilor to PNP: For transparency’s sake, submit list of seized drugs

Joworski Alipon, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 27 2019 06:23 PM

Cebu City Councilor Antonio Cuenco wants the PDEA and PNP to submit to the local government their inventory of illegal drugs seized during operations.

Cebu City councilor Antonio Cuenco urged the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to submit to the local government an inventory of all confiscated illegal drugs seized in their operations.

He expressed this concern in a privilege speech during the regular city council session on Friday.

Cuenco is the principal author at the House of Representatives of Republic Act 9165, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

He said if the PNP and the PDEA will be more transparent, doubts about recycling evidence pertaining to illegal drugs can be erased.

He also cited the provision in Section 24 of the anti-narcotics law, which stipulates: "After the filing of the criminal case, the Court shall, within 72 hours, conduct an ocular inspection of the confiscated, seized and/or surrendered dangerous drugs, plant sources of dangerous drugs, and controlled precursors and essential chemicals, including the instruments/paraphernalia and/or laboratory equipment, and through the PDEA shall within 24 hours thereafter proceed with the destruction or burning of the same."

He said that this would ensure that operatives won't be able to reuse the contrabands.

PDEA Central Visayas director Wardley Getalia acknowledged that his office relies on court orders in the disposal of the items. All confiscated illegal drugs are properly kept in their storage facility. He also denied recycling evidence.

Lawyer Clarence Paul Oaminal, former vice-chairman of the Dangerous Drugs Board, clarified that the evidence could be destroyed even if the case is still being tried.

Cebu City Police Office director, Colonel Gemma Vinluan said that all seized items are turned over to the PNP crime laboratory.

She now requires station commanders to frisk members of the raiding team every after operation.