PNP chief warns vs lightning raids on ‘shabu’ dens

Dagupan City – A still incredulous Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Arturo Lomibao has warned all police chiefs in the country against lightning raids in their respective jurisdictions, similar to the conduct of the recent raid of the Pasig shabu den that could lead to their suspension or ouster.

He said he has not ruled out the possibility that a similar situation may still exist in other parts of the country.

“It is possible,” he said referring to the Pasig City shabu tiangge (flea market) during a call on House Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. in Dagupan City.

He expressed shock that shabu was sold in “tiangges” which were a stone’s throw from the police community precinct and government offices.

“It’s incomprehensible, it’s   unimaginable, it’s unthinkable to a have that kind of “tiangge” to exist in the neighborhood or in the heart of the city,” he lamented.

Lomibao said there’s a great possibility that some law enforcers and government officials are in cahoots with the drug peddlers but added, “We still have to find out if indeed they’re involved”.

 He said he had ordered the impounding of all the cellular phones of the members of the Pasig police prior to the raid to avoid possible leakage of impending raid organized by the Anti-Illegal Drugs Task Force. 

Immediately after the Pasig raid, Lomibao sacked eight members of the  police community precinct near the “tiangge” because he said he  couldn’t imagine  how the operators remain undetected   for two to three years of operation  without the protection of the community precinct.

He said he is considering to include the presence of shabu dens  in his “One Strike” policy where the police chief or the provincial  director responsible in the area is removed from his post once proven by a raid conducted ay an independent unit.
Lomibao noted that the establishment of a shabu laboratory in the provinces should be easier to detect.-EVA

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