From InterAksyon (Dec 21): Gov't forces destroy marijuana plantations in Davao Del Sur
Operatives from the Philippine Army and the local police have discovered and destroyed three marijuana plantations in a remote village of Barangay Kimlawis in Kiblawan, Davao Del Sur Wednesday morning. Capt. Joel Wayagwag, Task Force KITACO commander, said forces of the 1002nd Brigade and the Philippine National Police (PNP) discovered the plantation based on reports coming from members of the B’laan tribe. He said around 150 marijuana plants were uprooted from three plantations during the operation. Wayagwag said the marijuana plants were immediately turned over as evidence to police authorities who then conducted inventory with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). “We are thankful to the members of the tribal community who support the Armed Forces of the Philippines and PNP in fighting illegal drugs in the area to ensure a drug free environment that is conducive to peace and development,” he said.