NAGA CITY — “I agree with the President that Naga is a hotbed of drugs,” PDEA Bicol Regional Director Christian O. Frivaldo told Chairman Dante Jimenez of the Presidential Anti-Crime Commission during the Dialogue with the Regional Executives and Directors Association (REDIRAS) Bicol held at Avenue Plaza Hotel on Wednesday (Oct. 31).
Jimenez asked Frivaldo point blank to confirm or deny the statement that has stirred Naga City officials and residents this past week.
Frivaldo, however, qualified his answer, saying that Naga City is a hotbed of drugs in Bicol only.
He continued that as per records of their office, at least 21% of all illegal drugs seized in the region come from this city.
“Naga City serves as the distribution point,” Frivaldo said.
The illegal drugs, he added, come from Manila and Region 3, as well as Chinese and African drug syndicates.
They are distributed in the provinces of Camarines Norte, Albay, and Sorsogon, he said.
Seeking further confirmation, Jimenez also asked Regional Director Atty. Tomas B. Enrile of the National Bureau of Investigation the same question.
“I am unanimous with the PDEA. Naga is the hotbed in Bicol, but not in the entire Philippines,” Enrile said.
Source: Bicol Standard