In his weekly meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), President Rodrigo Duterte instructed the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Office of the Solicitor General to coordinate with courts to come up with protocols in destroying confiscated drugs.

“I will direct the Secretary of Justice to talk to the Supreme Court to get a random sample. The inquest fiscal must get a sample in any direction that he wants. Then, those should be tested immediately,” said Duterte.

“Kung marami ang shabu na involved, there should be a fiscal on duty to take random samples at ibigay doon on the spot. Ibigay ang sample na kuha niya and a test be made, three trials, to certify that it’s shabu,” he added.

The president also explained that the on-the-spot testing of confiscated drug paraphernalia will complement the need in presenting probable cause that will solidify cases against arrested drug suspects, saying: “The certification of the inquest fiscal must be taken in face value, that these are really shabu.”

In compliance with Duterte’s order to destroy all seized shabu by this week, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año reported during the IATF-EID meeting that ₱8.16 billion worth of shabu had been destroyed.

Año added that the Philippine National Police (PNP) had destroyed 1.2 tons of shabu, while the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) burned 600 kilos of illegal substances.

The DILG chief also said that around 369.69 kilos of shabu will be destroyed by the police in Tanza, Cavite, while the destruction of the remaining 700 kilos is still waiting for a court order.

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