Panelo: BOC, PDEA should stop finger pointing, find missing P6.8B shabu
Instead of throwing the blame at each other, Malacañang on Monday urged both the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to focus on retrieving the P6.8 billion worth of “shabu” (crystal meth), which allegedly slipped into the country last August.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said: “Hindi na mahalaga kung sino sa kanila ang tama sa kanilang mga sinasabi.”
“Ang mahalaga ngayon, assuming na may nakapasok, eh dapat gumawa tayo ng mga pagkilos upang masawata natin, mahuli natin, ma-raid natin iyong mga lugar kung saan nagtatago,” he added.
Panelo insisted that the government cannot rely on speculations alone and needed “hard evidence” to prove claims that the drugs were being sold in the streets.
President Rodrigo R. Duterte earlier said that the PDEA’s claim about the billions worth of shabu was based on “pure speculation.”
“Ang sinasabi nga ni Presidente — ay kailangan may hard evidence tayo. Hindi pupuwede iyong nag-e-speculate ka lang ,” Panelo said.
He also assured that Duterte still trusted both Lapeña and Aquino.
“May tiwala naman siya (Duterte) doon sa dalawa. So hintayin natin iniimbestigahan ngayon ng NBI,” he added. (PNA)