No drugs on lifters — Lapeña

September 12, 2018

CUSTOMS Commissioner Isidro Lapeña yesterday insisted that the magnetic lifters found in Cavite underwent laboratory tests which showed no trace of shabu.

During the hearing of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee headed by Senator Richard Gordon on the alleged P6.8 billion drug shipment, Lapena said that the Bureau of Customs executed the necessary protocols.

“It went through the clearance processes your Honor, and it was tagged red,” he said adding “This one went through a process of X-ray, and since the image appeared to be that of what was declared, it was cleared for release.”

Lapeña was reacting to the claim of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron Aquino that the magnetic lifters which they traced to a warehouse in Cavite last month had been emptied of illegal drugs.

Aquino stood pat on his claim that there was illegal drug in the four lifters after their K9 sniffer sat on it indicating presence of drugs.

“People can lie, but dogs don’t lie,” he claimed.

Lapena countered that laboratory tests are more concrete evidence than the sniffing dogs.

This was after chemists from PDEA as well as from the Philippine National Police (PNP) swabbed the two magnetic lifters in Cavite on August 28 and they tested negative for drugs.