MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has designated the National Bureau of Investigation to be the sole agency to investigate the alleged misencounter between cops and operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Malacañang said Friday.
“Nagdesisyon po ang ating president na tanging NBI lang po ang mag-iimbestiga duon sa putukan na nangyari sa panig ng mga kapulisan at PDEA diyan po sa Quezon City,” Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said.
The shooting incident involving policemen and PDEA operatives occurred on Wednesday afternoon near a mall along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City. Four individuals – two cops, a PDEA agent and an informant – were killed in the gun battle.
The PNP and PDEA earlier said that a joint Board of Inquiry has been created to look into the incident.
But due to Duterte’s order, the joint probe will have to be discontinued.
“’Yung mga binuong joint panel para imbestigahan yan, na binuo po ng PNP at PDEA ay di na po magtutuloy sa kanilang imbestigahan,” Roque said.
Both PNP and PDEA assured to work with the NBI in compliance with Duterte’s directive. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines — Personnel of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) engaged in an alleged ‘misencounter’ with agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Wednesday afternoon (February 24) outside Ever Gotesco Mall along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City.
In a statement issued after the incident, PNP Chief General Debold Sinas directed NCRPO Director PMGen, Vicente Danao Jr. to speak on any updates from the PNP in order to keep the public updated with accurate and relevant information.
Danao said the PNP will create a task force to deal with the incident and asked the public to wait for the official results of the investigation before making conclusions about the encounter.
“Iimbestigahan muna natin both sides para makita kung paano nangyari ito,” Danao said in a press briefing following the incident.
“Iyong may mga tama ng bala lalo na yung mga badly injured will be brought to the hospital for medication,” he said.
Initial findings stated that the QCPD District Special Operations Unit (DSOU) was executing a buy-bust operation in the area unaware that the person they were dealing with was a PDEA agent.
The PDEA agent allegedly opened fire first prompting the QCPD to retaliate resulting in a gunfight.
Two police officers from the QCPD died in the encounter while two PDEA agents and a civilian were injured.
Recovered from the encounter site were high-caliber firearms, badges and identification cards.
Following the incident, the QCPD immediately released a copy of the coordination form signed by PDEA-NCR in relation to the operation.
On the part of PDEA, the agency also said it needs to gather more information about the incident while it claimed that the PDEA Special Enforcement Service was in the area ‘on a legitimate operation.’ MNP (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) have joined forces to effectively implement the forfeiture of laundered money alleged to be proceeds of illegal drug activities.
Under an agreement, PDEA shall refer to the AMLC drug-related cases for financial investigation, and if warranted, filing of cases involving freeze order, civil forfeiture, and money laundering, accompanied with specified case documents that are admissible in court.
PDEA Director General Wilkins Villanueva explained that their operations on freezing bank accounts of drug syndicates will be intensified under the memorandum.
Villanueva, however, refused to elaborate how they freeze bank accounts of suspected drug individuals.
“I assure everybody, ‘pag nanghuli kami ngayon, sigurado ‘pag nakakuha kami ng ebidensya, ide-derecho namin siya kung saan nila pinaglalalagay ang kanilang pera,” Villanueva said.
The PDEA Chief is also eyeing to use the money of drug syndicates in the agency’s rehabilitation programs.
“Magmo-motion tayo sa korte para iyong pera nila, magamit ng (Dangerous Drugs Board) at PDEA para sa anti-drug operation or rehabilitation. Igigisa natin sila sa sarili nilang mantika,” he said.
Villanueva added that they are still running after the Golden Triangle in Southeast Asia, which remains to be the main source of illegal drugs in the country. MNP (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
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