Alleged ‘misencounter’ between QCPD, PDEA kills 2 cops; probe ongoing
Marje Pelayo • February 25, 2021 • 1075
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 — Presidential aspirant Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso was found negative for illegal drug use after undergoing tests at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) National Headquarters in Quezon City Thursday morning.
Mayor Isko’s running mate, Doc Willie Ong also took the test and was also found negative for illegal substance use.
The result of the tests showed that urine specimens collected from Domagoso and Ong do “not contain methamphetamine, MDMA, cocaine, and their metabolites, as well as THC metabolite.”
Mayor Isko’s drug testing, as well as that of other presidential and vice-presidential bets in the 2022 national and local elections, was prompted by the allegation of President Rodrigo Duterte of a cocaine-user presidential candidate. —/mbmf
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) said it welcomes the findings of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) regarding the so-called “misencounter” between the national police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
The PNP assured that all its personnel involved are fully accounted for and would be made available should the Department of Justice require their participation in the conduct of its own review with regard to the findings submitted by the NBI.
On Monday (September 7), the NBI has recommended filing charges against 12 Quezon City policemen for their involvement in the “misencounter” during an illegal drugs operation last February 24 in Quezon City.
The national police, in a statement, also said that the incident has paved the way in clearing the gray areas in the coordination protocol and in outlining improvements and institutionalization of measures to prevent the repeat of the incident.
The Memorandum Circular, entitled Unified Coordination Guidelines in the Conduct of Anti-Illegal Drugs Operation was signed by the PNP chief and the PDEA Director General last July.
“The Philippine National Police commits to honoring and institutionalizing the PDEA-PNP Memorandum Circular as both law enforcement agencies aspire to put an end to the illegal drugs menace in the country,” the statement read. –AAC
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