Acting Commissioner of the Bureau of Customs (BOC), Yogi Filemon Ruiz, has pledged to further intensify the campaign against illegal products following the seizure of more than 6.7 billion pesos worth of shabu in two separate operations on illegal drugs in Manila.
The BOC, through its Manila International Container Port Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS-MICP), was among the operational units that assisted the National Police’s Drug Enforcement Task Force. Philippine, in the operation that led to the confiscation of 990 kilos of shabu inside a loan company owned by a police sergeant in Sta. Cruz, Manila.
Ruiz said it was a good start for the last quarter of the year as government agencies work together to step up operations against drug trafficking.
“We would like to thank the PDEG for carrying out the operation. This would not be possible without the help of many other agencies, including the BOC and the PDEA, but the PDEG deserves credit for acting on the information they obtained, investigating the area and the suspect, and to coordinate with all of us for the success of this operation,” he added.
“Sometimes in an operation as big as this, it takes a lot to keep things a secret and make sure no one finds out about the plan. This is why the coordination between the different government agencies must be of the highest order. We have to make sure that we can trust each other and work with each other,” he stressed.
The operation began as a takeover that led to the arrest of Ney Saligumba Atadero in Tondo, Manila on Saturday afternoon, October 8. Atadero reportedly revealed the location of the drug source that led to the operation in Sta. Cruz Manila.
A follow-up operation also resulted in the arrest of the police chief sergeant. Rodolfo Mayo, Jr. who gave away two kilos of shabu in Quiapo, Manila in the early morning of Sunday, October 9.
Mayo is an intelligence officer with the PDEG Special Operations Unit in Metro Manila.
BOC-CIIS Director Jeoffrey Tacio pledged to continue enhanced coordination and cooperation with BOC’s partner law enforcement agencies, particularly the PDEG and PDEA (Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency) to ensure that the fight against illegal drugs will remain strong.
“Drugs have long been the biggest problem in our society. The BOC is one with the current administration and our partner agencies to take the necessary steps to end this threat,” Tacio said.
PNP leader General Rodolfo Azurin, Jr., for his part, said an investigation was underway to determine if there were other police officers working with Mayo.
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