The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Thursday destroyed a total of PHP10.67 million worth of controlled precursors and essential chemicals (CPECs), together with laboratory equipment intended for the production of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu.
"The PNP, shall at all times, maintain police visibility, as a deterrent to illegal drug activities leaving to the PDEA however the conduct of anti-illegal drug operations as aforestated", the memo said.
President Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte sidelined the Philippine National Police (PNP) and instead designated the Philippine Drug Enforcement Authority (PDEA) as the lead and sole agency in the brutal and bloody war on illegal drugs.
The memorandum was addressed to the PNP, National Bureau of Investigation, Armed Forces of the Philippines and other government agencies involved in the war on drugs.
Dela Rosa, however, said the PNP Drug Enforcement Group will still function as the PNP's anti-illegal drugs arm but only to gather intelligence information regarding illegal drugs.
Meanwhile, a lawyer's group on Wednesday filed a petition before the Supreme Court to stop the police from implementing the administration's war on drugs.
Latest figures from #RealNumbersPH showed there were 3,906 individuals killed in 76,863 anti-illegal drugs operations nationwide from July 1, 2016 up to September 26, 2017.
Duterte's drug war has sparked outrage locally and internationally following the deaths of thousands of suspected drug offenders, including some minors, since he assumed office in 2016.
The second phase of the anti-illegal drugs campaign was launched in October 2016.
He said PDEA will operate against high-value targets, especially those who are included in Duterte's narcolist and those involved in street level pushing.
It was suspended in January amid controversy over rogue cops' involvement in the kidnap-slay of a South Korean businessman. The same operations also led to the arrest of 113,932.
During the campaign period, Duterte promised to rid the country of illegal drugs in his first six months in office.
Madrid said police officers may still make arrests if the illegal drug transaction is happening in front of them. Advocacy groups have requested Apple Inc.to take them down.