MERGE Police Supt. D’Artagnan Katalbas (left) and PDEA operatives inventory the six kilos of shabu seized in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, yesterday.* (SCPS photo)

‘Biggest drug haul’
P72M in shabu seized, but 3 suspects escape

The suspected shabu worth about P72 million seized in Brgy. Palampas, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, yesterday is the biggest illegal drugs haul in Western Visayas in the history of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and police in recent years, regional police spokesperson Supt. Joem Malong said.

But the three suspects, with whom a poseur buyer met, managed to escape, leaving behind six kilos of suspected shabu tightly wrapped in packing tape, a Skygo single motorcycle, P6.8 million in boodle money, and a marked P100 bill.

The Dangerous Drug Board estimate is that the street market value of a kilo of shabu is P12 million. moremoremore

P1M more recovered
in Bacolod, too

The illegal drugs haul in Bacolod City went up to P2.4 million yesterday.

At least P1 million worth of suspected shabu was seized from a new drug player in Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City, at about 8 last night, bringing to P2.4 million the drug haul in the city in two consecutive days.

Operatives of the Bacolod City Drug Enforcement Unit conducted a buy-bust operation and arrested their subject identified as Pastor Palo, a newly-identified pusher, Chief Insp. Sherlock Gabana, public information officer of the Bacolod City Police Office, said. moremoremore


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DTI eyes lower tariff, more
imports to rein in inflation

MANILA – Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said increasing the supply of goods through importation, coupled with lowering the tariffs on these imports, could address rising inflation.

After the National Price Coordinating Council led by the Department of Trade and Industry yesterday, Lopez said the government is open to importing goods in short supply so as to hold back price spikes.

Lopez, who is also the NPCC chair, said the Department of Agriculture also agreed that the country may import rice, sugar, fish, and vegetables.