Lazada , one of Philippine’s online shopping site, said they will work with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on investigations regarding the alleged selling of illegal drug paraphernalia on their platform.
According to PDEA chief Dir. Gen. Aaron Aquino, the agency gathered the information following a drug raid at a hotel in Pasig City early Monday.
Lazada as the main source
Seized from Juan Carlos Antonio, a licensed pharmacist, and Nilo Manipon Ramirez, a registered nurse, were more than P500,000 worth of liquid ecstasy, marijuana kush, ‘fly high’ capsules, and other drug paraphernalia.
The two claimed to have purchased everything in bulk via Lazada.
Merchants are compliant
In a statement, Lazada expressed their willingness to cooperate with the concerned agency stating that, “We take any concerns raised about products offered for sale by the merchants on our platform very seriously.”
Lazada reiterated that their merchants attest and declare that they comply with all relevant applicable local laws, regulations, and issuances.
Thus, the statement also added: “Lazada had in place various policies and procedures to protect the integrity of our platform and customers.”
Prohibited goods policy
Moreover, Lazada assured the public that when there are any concerns about alleged prohibited goods, they follow a strict Prohibited Goods Policy. This means all “merchants are required to comply [with] it,” it (statement) ended.
Earlier, Aquino also asked online shopping sites and app-based delivery service operators to check and screen their clients carefully as illegal drug paraphernalia may possibly penetrate the platform unknowingly.
“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.
Aquino also added: “Kung may magbenta ng shabu dyan sa kanila, okay lang? Lahat ng mga sellers nila dapat monitored nila.”
Aquino also ordered an investigation to Lalamove, a delivery service company after its alleged participation in the transport of illegal drugs.
Lastly, he also urged authorities to look into businessmen in the gaming industry who might be in connection with drug lords.