More names may surface in LU shabu laboratory

SAN FERNANDO CITY—More persons, including policemen, public officials and some media practitioners may soon be implicated in the operation of the huge shabu laboratory busted by lawmen in barangay Upper Binmotobot, Naguilian, La Union as the investigation shifted to high gear.

This was gleaned from the privilege speech delivered in the House of Representatives by Rep. Thomas Dumpit Jr. of the second district of La Union, who called for an airtight and in-depth investigation of the incident in aid of legislation by the House.

In his speech, aired over radio stations in La Union and Pangasinan, Dumpit sought the investigation of certain officials, including members of the media whom he accused of protecting and withholding information about the biggest shabu laboratory ever discovered in the country.

This developed as anew regional director of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) took over on Wednesday in a simple turnover ceremony at Camp Oscar Florendo here.

Retired Army Colonel Roberto Opina replaced P/Supt. Jane Aunzo who was re-assigned to the PDEA central office in Manila after completing a two-year tour of duty as PDEA regional director in Region 1.

Thanking the officials and people of Region1 for their cooperation, Aunzo denied that her relief as PDEA chief in Region 1 had something to do with the investigation of the shabu laboratory by Task Force Binmotobot.

She said she really was overstaying in Region 1 and she already knew about her re-assignment even before the shabu lab in Naguilian was raided.–LM