The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) gave ₱4,914,416.74 monetary rewards to 22 confidential informants who provided information that resulted in successful anti-drug operations and confiscation of illegal drugs.
The granting of rewards and incentives is under PDEA “Operation Private Eye”, a citizen-based information collection program designed to encourage the active participation of private citizens to report illegal drug activities in their communities.
PDEA Director General Wilkins M Villanueva handed the monetary rewards to the informants who wore masks to protect their anonymity and identified only through their code names during the awarding ceremony held today, July 27, 2020, at the PDEA National Headquarters in Quezon City.
However, due to the pandemic situation, only three informants who garnered the highest monetary rewards were allowed to attend the simple rites. They are: Informant “FERDI” who received ₱542,156.57 for providing information that resulted in the seizure of 15,007.27 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, and the arrest of three drug personalities during a buy-bust operation along Molino Boulevard, corner Aguinaldo Highway, Talaba 4, Bacoor, Cavite on March 5, 2020.
Informant “DARK HORSE” received ₱594,696.67 for supplying information that led to the seizure 19,483.9 grams of shabu, and the arrest of two drug personalities during an interdiction operation in Matnog Seaport, Matnog, Sorsogon on January 16, 2020.
Informant “NONONG” received ₱1,250,035.86 for providing information resulting in the confiscation of 117,697.56 grams of shabu, and the arrest of one drug personality during a buy-bust operation in 21 B. Tabayoc Street, Barangay Sienna, Quezon City on December 24, 2019.
The Private Eye Rewards Committee is composed of members from the academe, non-government organizations, law enforcement, religious and business sectors, who deliberates and approves the granting of cash rewards to confidential informants.
“Operation Private Eye” is one way of encouraging the public to help the government’s anti-drug campaign by providing cash reward for every information that resulted in the seizure of illegal drugs and the arrest of drug personalities,” Villanueva said
“Informants remain anonymous for their security and protection,” the PDEA chief added.