High-end clubs, bars next in anti-illegal drugs campaign – PNP Chief

MANILA — National Police Chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said Friday high-end clubs and bars in Makati City and Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City will be the next target of the war on narcotics.

Dela Rosa said the anti-drug operations also aim to curb the prevalence of party drugs, such as ‘ecstasy’, which is popular among wealthy partygoers and foreigners.

”Naka-line up yan. In fact, may inutusan ako na kausapin ang may ari ng bar sa BGC, Makati area, Taguig area. Yung mga high-end bars diyan na may high-end customers na gumagamit ng party drugs. Mukhang very cooperative naman sila sa aming layunin,” he said.

(“Those are already lined up. In fact, I already sent someone to speak to bar owners in BGC, Makati area, Taguig area — those high-end bars with high-end customers who use party drugs. Anyway, they look cooperative,” he said.)

Sought for a comment, Makati Mayor Abby Binay pledged her city’s full cooperation with the Philippine National Police (PNP).

“We will cooperate of course. Hindi naman pwede may illegal activities na nangyayari sa lugar na yun. (It would be unacceptable to have illegal activities in those areas.) We are very cooperative,” Binay told reporters.

Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano also welcomed the operation. She however suggested that it also cover other cities in Metro Manila.

”We will welcome any help from the national government to get rid of illegal activities. Rest assured that (at) the city of Taguig, we will cooperate as we always do,” she said.

Meanwhile, Southern Police District (SPD) Acting Director, Sr. Supt. Tomas Apolinario, said party and concert organizers have been coordinating with the police to ensure that their events are not used as a venue for peddling illegal drugs to wealthy youths and celebrities.

During the Closeup Forever Summer concert in Pasay City last May 21, five people died after ingesting methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) and alcohol. MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy, is a psychoactive drug used as a recreational drug.

Despite the deployment of plainclothes and uniformed police officer during concerts and parties, Apolinario said it is difficult to determine if people have taken drugs before attending such events.

He said that as a precautionary measure, they could give drug tests to those who act suspiciously. PNA/ northboundasia.com