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Byline: Gerard S. dela Pena and Ira P. Pedrasa
A WORSENING narcotics menace and the state of emergency declared in some Mindanao areas top the Cabinet's agenda at the presidential guest house in Baguio City tomorrow.
Cabinet Secretary Silvestre H. Bello said the Palace has recognized the narcotics trade as "alarming" after authorities seized sizable amounts of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) and cocaine in Aurora and Eastern Samar, respectively, last week.
"The illegal drugs situation in the country is already very alarming," Mr. Bello said in an interview aired over state-run dzRB radio yesterday.
"Based on the assessment of PDEA …