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Gov. Cua belies drug links, lauds PNP shabu lab raid

NAGA CITY 11/28/16 (Bicol Standard) — “We are in full support [of this anti-drug] operation," Catanduanes Gov. Joseph Cua stated following the discovery of a drug laboratory in Barangay Palta Small, Virac, Catanduanes.

Gov. Joseph Cua
“We are grateful to this incident as it will send a strong message that we are serious in our war against illegal drugs,” he said.

“It will also identify as to who really are involved in illegal drug trade here and hopefully clear my name for the long time election issue of my involvement in this illegal trade,” he added.

Cua’s name was brought up in earlier reports as involved in the operation of the shabu lab, an issue he vehemently denies.

The provincial chief executive further thanked the authorities for discovering the drug lab, which, citing the authorities, he disclosed is part of a property belonging to a certain Atty. Olpiano Sarmiento.
The property was leased by Angelica Balmadrid, who in turn subleased a portion of the property to one Jason/Paolo Uy, Cua added in his statement.

The subleased property, which was used as a shabu laboratory, was disguised as a warehouse of plastic items.

"We have been to the area a while ago to check and the dummy plastic wares are still there,” he said.

“Initial reports say that the building was constructed one and a half to two years ago. The electric bill plummeted from a thousand to 50 thousand in March 2016 which points that it was operational during that period.”

Cua added that the shabu is sold in mainland Bicol, and not in the island province.

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