THE government may have been too engrossed in stopping the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) and has failed to address the possibility that the problem concerning narcotics may exist in other penitentiaries.
Combined forces from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the Philippine National Police’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) and the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) raided the cell of 72-year-old convicted Taiwanese drug queen Yu Yuk Lai inside the Correctional Institute for Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong City last Monday.
The authorities found 135 grams of shabu worth P1 million concealed inside panty liners, two kilos of shabu worth PhP10 million, a capsule containing suspected drugs and thousands of other empty capsules, bank checks, and a bank account with a deposit of PhP1,501,934.
The raid was conducted after a month-long surveillance and test buy confirming that drugs hidden inside panty liners were indeed being sold.
Hours later, PDEA operatives assisted by the Presidential Security Group (PSG) raided a condominium unit in San Miguel, Manila near the Malacañan Palace occupied by Yuk Lai’s daughter Diane Yu Uy where two kilos of shabu worth PhP10 million was seized.
Authorities said Yuk Lai is using her daughter to supply illegal drugs at CIW and in other places as well. Surprisingly, a cop was found to be acting as bodyguard for the daughter of a drug queen.
PDEA chair Director-General Aaron Aquino said Uy tried to offer a bribe of PhP5 million for her freedom which the raiders turned down.
Yuk Lai and co-accused Kenneth Sy Monceda were convicted for selling three kilos of shabu to an undercover agent in Manila in 1998. Despite her incarceration for 19 years, Yuk Lai never learned her lesson and continued with her illegal drug activities.
It was also the first time that a raid was conducted and prohibited drugs were found inside the CIW. Aquino said Yuk Lai’s daughter got her supply from a drug lord who was imprisoned inside the NBP.
In other words, drugs continue to flourish despite all the raids conducted inside the NBP. At this point, the drugs need not even enter the NBP premises. All these drug lords need is a cell phone to freely conduct their business transactions without any fear of apprehension.
Firing Line believes that the problem with these drug lords and their illegal activity will only stop when the entire NBP is transferred to an isolated provincial facility where they can have no contact with the outside world.
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