by Francis T. Wakefield
July 30, 2014
Ten civilian informants received P5.8 million in cash rewards from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) under the PDEA Operation Private Eye during the agency’s 12th anniversary Wednesday.
The Private Eye Rewards Committee, composed of members from the academe, non-government organizations, law enforcement, religious and business sectors, approved a resolution granting a P5.8 million monetary rewards to them after a careful deliberation.
Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac, Jr., PDEA director general, said the 10 informants were identified through their codenames: Shoal, Philly, Master, Gohan, Daredevil, Bigboy, Superman, Thunder, Spartacus, and Wild Cat.
The 10 provided information which led to the successful arrests of several high-value drug personalities and foreign drug personalities during interdiction operations, implementation of search warrants, and confiscation of large volume of methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, ephedrine, fly high capsules and ecstasy tablets.
“Our 10 informants were identified only by their codenames to protect and secure their identities. All information we receive through Operation Private Eye are handled with utmost secrecy,” Cacdac said.
Among the informants, Wild Cat received the biggest reward worth P2 million.
Cacdac said Wild Cat provided information that resulted in the seizure of 24 kilograms of ephedrine and 27.5 kilograms of methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, during the implementation of a search warrant in Brgy. Tambo, Parañaque City on February 12, 2014.
Spartacus received P1,151,621.94 million cash award after providing information that resulted in the seizure of 17.48 kilograms of shabu and the arrest two drug personalities during an airport interdiction operation at Zamboanga International Airport on November 8, 2013.
Meanwhile, P743, 377.49 was awarded to Thunder who provided information that resulted in the seizure of 10.10 kilograms of shabu and the arrest of three drug personalities during a buy-bust operation in Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City on February 27, 2014.
The PDEA Operation Private Eye (OPE), is a reward and incentive scheme designed to encourage private citizens to report any suspected illegal drug activities in their community.