DOJ endorses raps vs. consignee of P218-M ‘shabu’ in NAIA

By Benjamin Pulta

April 22, 2024, 4:12 pm

<p>Department of Justice <em>(PNA file photo by Yancy Lim)</em></p>

Department of Justice (PNA file photo by Yancy Lim)

MANILA – The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday said it has found probable cause to charge the consignee of over 31 kilograms of shabu worth PHP218.4 seized in Pasay City by members of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (NAIA-IADITG).

In a statement, the DOJ said Christine Tigranes will face charges for violation of Section 4 (Importation of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of Republic Act (RA) No. 9165 (Dangerous Drugs Act), and Section 1401 (Unlawful Importation or Exportation) of RA 10863 (Customs Modernization and Tariff Act).

Tigranes allegedly received the illegal contrabands from a certain Isaac Chikore from Zimbabwe People's Air Cargo and Warehousing Co., Inc. (PAIR-PAGS) Center at NAIA Complex in Pasay City on April 17.

The shipment was initially declared as “machinery muffler” but authorities later found plastic contains within the metal parts that contain white crystalline substances that turned out to be shabu.

Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla said Tigranes’ arrest should be a warning for those involved in illegal drugs.

"Expect that our crusade against this menace to society will be more vicious in the upcoming days and will never stop until we attain our ultimate goal of a 100 percent drug-free Philippines," Remulla said.

“The department is firm in its commitment to waging war against drugs.” (PNA)