Davao dads to restrict sprouting of container yards in the city

December 16, 2009 1:59 pm 

DAVAO CITY, Dec. 16 – The City Council here is set to restrict the sprouting of container yards in the city following the discovery of almost 16 kilos of high-grade cocaine last week.

Majority Floor Leader Danilo Dayanghirang said a possible solution would be the “zonification” of these container yards to contain them all in one area for easier inspection by authorities.

Dayanghirang also said the council must fully investigate the incident to find ways on how to prevent the future smuggling of illegal drugs in the city.

The city council will conduct an inquiry on the discovery of the cocaine inside the container yard once it resumes work after the holidays, he said.

Dayanghirang said aside from identifying zones for the container yards, drug-sniffing dogs must also be used in the yards to ensure that no illegal drugs would enter the Davao market.

Davao City Police Office (DCPO) Director Ramon Apolinario supported Dayanghirang's call, saying the use of K-9 dogs is essential in any operations against terrorism and illegal drugs.

Dayanghirang said he would ask the committee on public safety headed by Councilor Nilo Abellera to conduct the committee hearing.

On December 9, workers of Maersk discovered white powdery substance inside the reefer machine located at the back of two container vans that came from India and Pakistan.

The next day, another pack of powdery white substance was found in another container van inside the Maersk container yard.

The police confirmed the powdery white substance was high-grade cocaine valued at P110 million. (PNA) FFC/JSGD/lvp

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