Victims took drugs outside Pasay City concert, Internet as possible source of party drugs — PDEA, PNP

  • PDEA and PNP said party drugs can be easily bought through the internet
  • Party drugs are manufactured abroad and made available through the internet 
  • PNP said there were  no selling of drugs inside Closeup event and victims took the pills before entering concert grounds

The Philippine National Police (PNP) said there were no evidence found of rampant illegal drug dealing activities at the Closeup ‘Forever Summer’ concert held at the SM Mall of Asia grounds on May 21, despite claims made by some of the concertgoers.

PNP National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) intelligence chief Senior Superintendent Manuel Lukban said investigation showed that the selling of the drugs took place outside of the concert venue, as per an article published by Rappler.

“The attendees who happen to be victims on that occasion took drugs not inside— and we have proof of that, only if we can present it but as I’ve mentioned, we need some confidentiality on this. We can prove that the victims who took advantage of the event took drugs outside of the event. There was no reported selling of the drug inside the venue,” Lukban said.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said, during the congressional hearing on the ‘Forever Summer’ concert, party drugs manufactured abroad can be ordered online, as per an article published by GMA News.

“It is available on the internet. It is made exclusively in the Netherlands and all you have to do is go to the internet, place your order and pay in bitcoin,” PDEA Director General Arturo Cacdac Jr. said.

Lukban also noted the drugs must have been sold before the party through social media.

“Based on the information that we got, the victims who died took the fatal substances before they entered the concert grounds. It’s only incidental that they went to the Close Up Forever Summer in the series of selling Ecstacy,” he said.

“There is rampant selling of these drugs because our youth is using social media in such transactions. And so we urge the parents to closely look after their children, especially when they are on social media,” he added