PDEA: Illegal drug personalities in Cebu City getting younger

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THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Central Visayas recently noticed that people engaged in illegal drug activities in Cebu City are getting younger.

According to PDEA 7 Assistant Director John Mark Malibiran, they learned through their intelligence monitoring that these minors are being hired as drug runners.

He said that according to his reliable source, there is a particular barangay in Cebu City where these minors are made to deliver the illegal drugs to their customers.

He, however, did not mention the name of the barangay.

Malibiran added that the minors also serve as watchmen who will alert their bosses about the impending raid by the police in their area.

In their previous anti-illegal drug operations, the high-ranking PDEA official said they were also able to apprehend the minors between the age of 12 and 14 in drug dens.

“Naa koy balita somewhere here sa barangay mga minors ang nagabaligya og kining sachet-sachet, makabalo pana sila kung naay operation, ‘naay pulis-naay pulis' manago dayon na sila, naa na diri, one of the operations nga gi-monitor namo,” Malibiran said.

One of the police officials at the Police Regional Office 7 who refused to be identified said that minors aged eight to 15 are being hired as drug runners in Alaska, Barangay Mambaling.

The police officer even showed a video of minors delivering suspected shabu to their customers.

Leah Quintana, regional information officer of the Department of Social Welfare and Development-Central Visayas, suggested to have the minors apprehended during the drug raid referred to their agency for assessment and counseling.

She said these minors have also been influenced by their older peers who are into the illegal drug trade.

Quinta said that those who hired the minors should also be charged in court.

“Atong tan-awon nga ang bata dinha biktima, so kung i-punish nato ang mga bata tungod ana? Ang mga dakpon ang dapat ang atong i-punish because sila man ang naggamit sa mga bata. Kay ang mga bata man gud pwede nimo hadlokon, pwede nimo i-coerce, pwede nimo haylohon kay lagi mga bata pa sila,” Quintana added.

(If we punish the kids because of that, let's bear in mind that they're just victims. Those who hired the kids should be the ones to be punished. The children can easily be threatened, coerced, and tempted because of their young age). (AYB, TPT)

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