BLOCKS of cocaine worth almost P200 million were recovered anew on Sunday, February 24, in the shoreline in Davao Oriental and Nueva Ecija, police said.
Davao Oriental Police Provincial Director Marcial Mariano Magistrado said personnel of Caraga Municipal Police Station received a phone call around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, February 24, from village councilor Emelio Bantayan of Barangay Santiago, who told them that blocks of cocaine were found by residents in Purok Talisay.
Thirty-six blocks of the illegal drug were recovered in the area.
Magistrado said the illegal contraband was turned over to Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Caraga for further examination.
In Nueva Ecija, a brick of cocaine was also recovered after a fisherman from Gabaldon found it around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, February 24.
The fisherman found the brick, weighing about one kilo, rolled with plastic and rubber tape in North Poblacion.
The brick has an estimated street value of P5 million.
The discoveries Sunday were the latest in a series of recoveries of floating cocaine in the country.
On February 12, fishermen recovered 48 blocks of cocaine along the shore in Purok 2, Barangay Poblacion, Dinagat Island.
The next day, 40 more blocks of the illegal drug were recovered in the shore of Siargao, San Isidro in Surigao del Norte.
On February 17, a fisherman turned over blocks of cocaine he found in the shoreline in Barangay Bagumbayan, Paracale, Camarines Norte. Police said the blocks were worth more than P5 million.
On February 18, another brick of cocaine was recovered in a shoreline in Mauban, Quezon.
Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde earlier alerted all his units, particularly the maritime group, to be vigilant, saying there is a possibility that more cocaine bricks will be recovered in the country's coastlines.
PNP spokesperson, Senior Superintendent Bernard Banac, lauded the public's cooperation, which, he said, continues to produce positive results.
"All recovered items are now undergoing further laboratory examinations for proper disposition. Once again, we thank the public for these latest accomplishments," he said.
"We also continue to appeal to you to remain vigilant and report to the police any suspicious packages washed ashore or anyone who may show up offering an amount in exchange of said items... Together, we can stop crimes and illegal drugs towards a safe community for our people to live, work and do business, " he added. (SunStar Philippines)