Fourteen K9 Hero Dogs Receive Honors From PDEA

They're the heroes we need.

(SPOT.ph) The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency proved to be just as loyal as man's best friend on September 10, when they recognized the accomplishments of 14 of the agency's drug sniffing dogs in an awarding ceremony held at Zemog K9 Training Center in Antipolo City. The dogs had figured in a controversial case last month, when the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) discovered four magnetic lifters in a warehouse in Cavite. According to PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino, the lifters contained P6.8 billion worth of shabu and were similar to the four lifters seized by the Bureau of Customs at the Manila International Container Port on August 7. The K9 dogs had responded positively during their investigation, confirming that drugs had been present in the now-empty lifters.

But PDEA's discovery was put into question and even dismissed as "pure speculation." Aquino stood by the skills of PDEA's K9 dogs, saying in particular about one dog, "Kung tao po ‘yon, ang dami na niyang medalya. Marami na pong accomplishment ‘yong aso na ‘yon. That dog will never go wrong."

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Six-year-old Belgian Malinois Odel and his handler Ryan Collantes for this particular case received the Medalya ng Papuri, while other dogs were recognized for their contributions to the fight against illegal drugs. Lala and Tala, whose handlers are Michael Vista and Wilfredo Benito, respectively, were cited for detecting 355 kilos of shabu in the lifters seized on August 7. The other dogs who received recognition were Kiefer, Happy, Gringo, Twinkle, Lovi, Lorent, Bella, Annie, Ella, Kyro, and Olive. We can rest a little bit easier knowing someone's taking the drug war seriously.

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