House to investigate alleged drug-related deaths during concert

MANILA — A party-list lawmaker asked the House of Representatives last Monday to conduct an investigation on the suspected party drug-related deaths of five people in the “Closeup Forever Summer Concert” last May 21.

In a press conference held last Monday, re-electionist Rep. Terry Ridon (Party-list, Kabataan), said he filed House Resolution No. 2704 to urge both the Committees on Dangerous Drugs and on Youth and Sports to investigate further the alarming increase of “party drugs.”

“May this congressional probe lead to the crafting of a legislation that can effectively curb the proliferation of party drugs in such rave parties and ensure placement of public safety measures,” said Ridon.

Among the fatalities were Lance Garcia, Ken Migawa, Ariel Leal, Bianca Fontejon and Eric Miller, an American citizen.

Authorities have yet to confirm the real cause of death but unconfirmed information is circulating that some drinks in the concert were mixed with “Green Amore” which is a combination of shabu and ecstasy.

The resolution also urges Congress to enhance further the provisions of the current Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 particularly on the anti-drug education campaign.

Ridon said the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) does not have an actual study as to the extent and abundance of the party drugs spreading in the community.

“The authorities need to investigate how these illegal substances come about and where did they come from. Clearly, the “stringent security measures” did not deter the proliferation of said dangerous substances. And surely, what had transpired in the concert is not an isolated case,” Ridon added. PNA/