BOC K9 unit lacks dogs to detect drugs, Dellosa admits

Posted at 03/29/2014 9:33 PM

MANILA – Bureau of Customs deputy commissioner Jessie Dellosa on Saturday admitted that the BOC does not have enough sniffing dogs that could detect drugs being smuggled into the country.

According to Dellosa, the BOC merely "borrows" canines from the Philippine Coast Guard which can detect both shabu and cocaine, unlike the BOC K9 units which can only sniff out shabu.

Dellosa said they are now training handlers in any case that the BOC is able to acquire additional dogs to its K9 unit.

Dellosa, in fact, is all praises to the PCG who are even able to breed their dogs.

According to Dellosa, K9 units should be visible in airports, at the Manila Port Area and Manila International Container Port, among others.

He also said sniffing dogs should be trained to smell cocaine and shabu and several other kinds of drugs. There should also be bomb-sniffing dogs, he added. -- From a report by Ricky Velasco, DZMM