MANILA - (UPDATE 2) The agency tasked to lead President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs on Thursday sought an explanation from online shopping site Lazada for allegedly selling drug paraphernalia.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency gathered the information following a drug raid at a hotel in Pasig City early Monday, according to its chief Dir. Gen. Aaron Aquino.
More than P500,000 worth of liquid ecstasy, marijuana kush, ‘fly high’ capsules and other drug paraphernalia were seized from Juan Carlos Antonio, a licensed pharmacist, and Nilo Manipon Ramirez, a registered nurse, who claimed to have purchased these by bulk via Lazada.
“I’ll just wait for their (Lazada) explanation first, kung ano man kalalabasan nun. We will file a case against them. Imposible na may pumapasok dyan na hindi nila alam eh? Ibig sabihin walang safeguard?" he said.
(I’ll just wait for their (Lazada) explanation first. Whatever the outcome, we will file a case against them. It's impossible they were unaware that drugs were being sold on their website. Does this mean they don't have any safeguard?)
"Kung may magbenta ng shabu dyan sa kanila, okay lang? Lahat ng mga sellers nila dapat monitored nila."
(If shabu is being sold, it's okay? They should monitor all of their sellers.)
Lazada meanwhile said that it was aware of PDEA's investigation and expressed willingness to cooperate.
"We take any concerns raised about products offered for sale by the merchants on our platform very seriously," Lazada said in a statement.
The company said it requires merchants to fully comply with the law and has policies and procedures to protect the integrity of its platform and customers.
"When there are any concerns about alleged prohibited goods, we have a strict Prohibited Goods Policy that the merchants are required to comply," Lazada said.
The e-commerce firm said it will cooperate with any investigation.
Aquino also called for an investigation into delivery service company Lalamove for its alleged participation in the transport of illegal drugs.
He also urged authorities to look into businessmen in the gaming industry who might be in cahoots with drug lords.