The nine planting sites were found under "Oplan Katribu." Philstar.com/File photo

P11M in marijuana burned in Kalinga town
Artemio Dumlao (philstar.com) - September 27, 2017 - 1:00am
BENGUET, Philippines — Around P11 million worth of marijuana went up in smoke in Tinglayan, Kalinga last week as law enforcement agencies cracked down on growing sites.
 
Police officers and agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) stumbled onto nine plantation sites with a land area of 6,900 square meters in Mt. Chumanchil, sitio Bato of Barangay Loccong as part of their "Oplan Katribu".
 
Though no cultivator was caught, at least 40,850 fully grown marijuana plants with a total estimated value of P11.04 million were burned on site.
 
A handful were brought to Kalinga PPO as evidence.
 
Chief Superintendent Elmo Sarona, Cordillera police director, however admitted that the eradication operation does not guarantee the total elimination of marijuana plants in the area because planting marijuana is a source of  livelihood for some in the area.
 
The government is, however, doing its best to implement plans and programs to keep people from planting marijuana, Sarona said.
 
Earlier, Kalinga Gov. Jocel Baac denied law enforcement authorities' claims that villagers along Mt. Chumanchil and other identified mountain villages in Tinglayan grow marijuana.
 
He said the plants grow naturally in the area.

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