CITY of San Fernando, Pampanga -- Gov. Lilia “Nanay” Pineda called for a full-scale investigation into the existence of clandestine shabu laboratories in the whole province, including Angeles City.
Pineda made the announcement during Monday’s press briefing held at the provincial capitol which was attended by all barangay officials in the province.
She wanted a coordinated effort from other government agencies concerned like the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Philippine National Police and the Department of the Interior and Local Government, which particularly oversees local executives and barangay officials who served as frontliners in the fight against criminality and illegal drugs.
Pineda pointed out that the provincial government wanted to help in combating illegal drugs which have already affected the whole province.
“I want to get those reports on shabu laboratories that have been discovered. Gusto kong ipunin at linawin nila ang lahat ng reports na ito for a full investigation,” the governor said.
She also wanted to know if the shabu laboratories found in Angeles City and Pampanga were operated by just one group. Pineda said with so many Chinese nationals caught by authorities in illegal drug operations, she could not ascertain if they belong to only one group.
“Pareho-pareho lang kasi ang mga pangalan nila at madalas nakakatakas. Marami tayong legitimate Chinese investors dito pero paano nakapasok ang mga may shabu laboratories na ito sa atin? Hihingi din tayo ng tulong sa Bureau of Immigration regarding sa mga overstaying ng mga Chinese tourists dito,” she said.