Philippines: Cebu authorities burn P10-M worth of marijuana in joint operation

MANILA, Philippines — Millions worth of cannabis were burned by law enforcement agents in Cebu City on Saturday morning in a bid to continue the government’s crackdown on illegal substances.

According to a report by The Freeman, around 25,000 stalks of fully grown marijuana were destroyed in Sitio Mit-ol, Barangay Tagbao, Cebu City.

Personnel from the City Mobile Force Company Cebu City Polie Office, Naval Forces Central 7, and Talamban Police Station were present to jointly carry out the burning of the illicit substance.

Do they get ‘high’?

The police officers were not wearing any masks as protection from the smoke emanating from the burning cannabis leaves.

Section 21(4) of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 requires the immediate destruction or burning of confiscated illegal drugs within 24 hours.

The Philippine National Police Drug Enforcement group, in a 2021 interview of, stated that it’s only natural for law enforcement officers to “get a little dizzy” when something is burnt, regardless if its marijuana.

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