By Alfa · Oct 17, 2004 ·
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    Interior and Local Government Secretary Angelo T. Reyes yesterday ordered
    an inventory of all confiscated dangerous drugs now under the custody of
    the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the Philippine National Police and
    the National Bureau of Investigation amid allegations these are being
    recycled and re-sold on the streets.

    Reyes issued the order as he and PDEA chairman Anselmo S. Avenido Jr.
    inspected more than a ton of shabu and marijuana deposited at the PNP Crime
    Laboratory Group headed by Chief Supt. Servando M. Hizon Jr. in Camp Crame.

    "We made this inspection trip to see how the CLG under General Hizon is
    storing all dangerous drugs and to make sure that they remain intact and
    unadulterated," Reyes said.

    "I had this suspicion that me nangyayaring kalokohan kasi marami ngang
    nahuhuli pero marami pa rin ang drugs sa kalye. And every time there is
    burning of drugs, I become suspicious because it is evidence that is being
    burned," he said.

    Avenido, meanwhile, defended former PNP Criminal Investigation and
    Detection Group chief Director Eduardo S. Matillano who has been accused
    of keeping a Jaguar sports car belonging to a Chinese drug lord arrested
    for maintaining a secret shabu laboratory in Tanza, Cavite.

    "Merong official communication si Gen. Matillano sa DDB at dahil walang
    proper storage o impounding area ang DDB, pinayagan siyang i-custody ito,"
    he said.

    Avenido said allowing Matillano to take care of the Jaguar is much better
    than letting the car rot under the sun. But he said that there are
    certain conditions in the DDB authority that should be followed to the
    letter by Matillano and violation of any of it is ground for proper
    disciplinary action.

    Reyes refused to comment on the "Jaguar" controversy since "I have to look
    into that first and it's not fair to give any statement at this point."

    After the inspection, Reyes lauded Hizon and his men for their accurate
    inventory and safekeeping of the confiscated drugs but stressed the need to
    improve the current system to prevent chances of leakage.

    "We need to double-check. But I must congratulate the CLG under Hizon for
    doing its best," he said.

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