Thursday, October 21, 2021

Duterte eyes conversion of Arayat mega shabu lab into drug rehab center

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is mulling to convert the alleged biggest shabu laboratory at the foothill of Mt. Arayat in Pampanga into a rehabilitation center for drug dependents.

At the sideline of his inspection in the province, Duterte ordered the seizure of the property, which was allegedly owned by a certain Sandy Chua.

He, however, did not implicate Chua in the alleged drug operation.

The chief executive expressed dismay that drug lords had been able to operate in the province.

"It's just too bad we have not met them (drug syndicates operating) here. It used to be a land owned by somebody then subsequently sold to a certain Mr. Chua when security forces arrived," Duterte said.

On September 22, members of the Bureau of Fire Protection and the municipal hall were surprised to find a clandestine laboratory while conducting fire safety and sanitary inspections in Barangay Lacquios at the foothill of Mt. Arayat.

The place should have been a piggery and corn crusher but modern equipment used for cooking shabu were discovered.

As for the mills that could produce about 400 kilos of shabu a day, the President said those "can [be] used for industrial purposes if there is, or if not, destroy them or place them in junkyard."

Duterte said he would allot roughly P50 million for the renovation of the complex to accommodate drug peddlers who will surrender to the authorities.

Reports said over 700,000 individuals have already submitted themselves to the police since the start of the Duterte administration in July.

"I have about P25 to P50 million. It will be a beautiful rehabilitation center," the President said. (Sunnex)
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