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Ayala Alabang village acts to stop shabu labs

MUNTINLUPA CITY — Barangay (village) officials, homeowners association, residents and the city government of Muntinlupa have banded together to prevent the repeat of the incident at the posh Ayala Alabang Village were some houses were converted into illegal drugs laboratory. 
Alabang Barangay Chairman Alfred Burgos told the Muntinlupa City Council Blue Ribbon and Public Order, Safety and Security Committees that they are doing everything to address the matter. 

THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD. A narcotics agent guards four Chinese nationals (above) suspected of operating a “shabu” laboratory at 504 Acacia Ave., Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency raided the house on a one-hectare spread early Friday.

Burgos said the village is monitoring four areas of concern of the barangay for security purposes and coordinating with law enforcers.The street value of 10 kg of shabu is about P50 million, at P5,000 per gram. 
“We are closely coordinating with the security personnel of the Ayala Alabang Village Association and the three non-government organizations namely Morito, Alabang Town Center and the Madrigal office complex and of course the police for the security of the residents in the area,” Burgos said. 
Leonardo De Leon, president of AVA, said they are looking at the lease contracts of leased properties’ possible inclusion of visitation rights of the owner anytime they want. 
“We will put it into the contract, and to give the security personnel of AVA the authority to check the premises of leased property if the need arises,” De Leon said. 
Burgos said that under the lease agreement, one family is allowed to occupy one property but the situation changes so they have to address the matter and residents should also be part of the adjustments they are going to make. 
Burgos also added that they are now establishing strong relations with the foreign embassies so they can prevent possible entry of persons with suspicious background. 
“This is for prevention purposes and close coordination with embassies so we can get information to the people and of course the residents should also know their neighbors,” Burgos said. 
Councilor Raul Corro said he will sponsor a proposed ordinance that will regulate the lease of commercial, industrial and residential properties within the city of Muntinlupa. 
Agents of the PDEA raided a medium-scale drug laboratory on a sprawling property in the plush subdivision, confiscated drug equipment and paraphernalia, and arrested the suspects before dawn on January 6, 2012. 
Based on their inspection of the facilities, PDEA agents said the entire production line could manufacture a minimum of 10 kilograms of shabu per cycle, although the scale of the production and the frequency of each cycle was still being investigated.

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