LOOK: Gen. ‘Bato’ burns down billions worth of shabu

MANILA, Philippines - With barely two weeks at his post as the Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Gen. Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa continues to fight the war he and President Rodrigo Duterte have waged against illegal drugs. Today, July 14, together with Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director Gen. Isidro Lapeña, Php1.7 billion worth of shabu has been destroyed through thermal decomposition at the Integrated Waste Management Inc. compound, in Brgy. Aguado, Trece Martirez, Cavite.

Gen. ‘Bato’ burns down billions worth of shabu
PNP Chief Police Director General Ronald Dela Rosa was the guest of honor and speaker during the destruction of P1.77 billion worth of dangerous drugs.
On July 3 this month, both the PNP and PDEA discovered almost 200 kilos of illegal drugs buried in a resort in Claveria, Cagayan. The unearthed shabu has also been disposed this morning together with other impounded illegal drugs from the agency's previous drug raids.

In his speech, Dela Rosa cited that the main reason why they disposed the confiscated illegal drugs is to keep the public from the idea of cops recycling or re-selling them. "Gusto kong ipakita sa lahat na wala tayong intensyon na mag recycle, dahil habang tumatagal yung ebidensiya satin, eh lalong nag dududa yung taong bayan,” Dela Rosa said.

Gen. ‘Bato’ burns down billions worth of shabu

Gen. ‘Bato’ burns down billions worth of shabu

Gen. ‘Bato’ burns down billions worth of shabu

Watch the ceremonial destruction of the drugs in Cavite today (video courtesy of GMA News):

Couple of days ago, the PNP led by Chief dela Rosa, seized a fishing vessel - converted into a shabu laboratory in Subic Bay, Zambales. The authorities also nabbed four Hong Kong nationals who are also being suspected as the operators of the floating shabu lab and export the prohibited drugs to Hong Kong and some parts of China. The Chinese suspects however, denied the allegations despite of the illegal drugs and equipment seized by the police. Dela Rosa also plans to burn down the sea vessel along with the destruction of the equipment inside it.

Both Gen. Bato and President Duterte are racing against time to beat the three to six months deadline that they have set in wiping out the illegal drug trade in the country. By far, the government is really doing well and becoming true to its promise to eliminate the shabu black market in the Philippines.

Thousands of drug addicts and pushers in various parts of the country have already voluntarily surrendered due to the amnesty-like program of PNP. Numerous buy bust operations and raids have also been conducted which resulted to the death of more than one hundred suspects due to arrest resistance and gun fights. Although, Gen. Dela Rosa reiterated that he doesn't tolerate extrajudicial killings and his police officers will still implement due process.

All photos courtesy of Facebook/Philippine National Police

--Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express

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