Contrary to “Bato’s” statement

TACLOBAN CITY-The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said that there is no shabu laboratory existing in the region. But still, PDEA Regional Director Edgar Jubay said that they will continue their monitoring if there could be a shabu laboratory existence in any part of the region. During his recent visit in the region, Police Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa mentioned of a shabu laboratory at the Abuyog Penal Colony in Abuyog, Leyte. Jubay said that the shabu circulating in the region came from Cebu, Metro Manila and Mindanao passing through from its various ports. The region’s alleged top drug lord, Kerwin Espinosa, who was arrested on Monday in Abu Dhabi, got his supply from Cebu, Jubay said. Jubay added that they continue on their monitoring of individuals link to illegal drug, to include those mentioned by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte. Jubay added that the intensified campaign against the proliferation of illegal drugs had resulted to reduction of illegal drug supply in the region. Although one of the top illegal drug operators in the country is from the region, records shows that the situation is still “manageable,” the PDEA regional chief said. (ROEL T. AMAZONA)