Alleged ‘misencounter’ between QCPD, PDEA kills 2 cops; probe ongoing

Marje Pelayo   •   February 25, 2021   •   537

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)

5 nabbed in Malolos drug buy-bust ops

Marje Pelayo   •   April 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Elements of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Malolos, Bulacan conducted a buy-bust operation which resulted in the arrest of five drug personalities.

The operation yielded the arrest of the following drug suspects: John Patrick Milan alias (26); Kevin Paul Jose (27); Mispa Jamsen (28); Jayson Justiniano (30); Enrick Justin (29).

Authorities seized pieces of evidence including more or less 68 kilograms of dried marijuana leaves, one unit cellular phone, one weighing scale and one piece of P1,000 bill used as marked money.

The operation was in conducted in coordination with the Bulacan Provincial Intelligence Unit (PIU), Malolos City Police Station (CPS) and PDEA III Regional Office.



Task group formed to probe shootout that killed Calbayog mayor

Robie de Guzman   •   March 9, 2021

A special task group has been created to investigate the shooting incident that led to the death of Calbayog City Mayor Ronaldo Aquino and his aides in Samar Province on Monday.

The police Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) Aquino will hold its first conference on Tuesday to discuss the case.

Police Regional Office 8 said its investigators are currently gathering more details and testimonies from witnesses and policemen involved in the shooting incident.

Initial investigation showed that Mayor Aquino and his aides were killed after a gunfight with armed men riding another vehicle on Monday afternoon in Barangay Lonoy, Tinambacan District in Calbayog.

The mayor and his aides were aboard their vehicle going to the northern part of Calbayog City when they thought they were being followed by another vehicle.

One of Aquino’s security details allegedly fired at the other vehicle and its passengers retaliated.

The passengers of the other vehicle turned out to be members of the Philippine National Police Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Group (PDEG).

Aquino, his driver and a security escort were killed in the incident while another aide was rushed to a hospital.

A police officer was also killed while another was injured. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Syrix Remanes)

PDEA chief to resign if personnel in ‘misencounter’ indeed sold drugs

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 2, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director-General Wilkins Villanueva has offered his resignation if the evidence will prove that PDEA and Philippine National Police (PNP) operatives involved in the ‘misencounter’ were selling drugs.

Based on several reports, the operation conducted last February 24 in Commonwealth involving the Quezon City Police District-Special Operations Unit and PDEA was a sell-bust.

Villanueva also challenged anyone holding evidence to prove that the PNP and PDEA were selling drugs during the ‘misencounter’.

Huwag na tayo magsalita ng walang ebidensya kasi hearsay lang iyon. Magsalita ka kung may nakikita kang ebidensya na andiyan, CCTV ang patunay. Maghanap, magpalabas sila ng CCTV na nagbentahan ang PDEA at ang pulis magre-resign ako right now (Let us not talk without evidence because those will be hearsays. Talk if you have evidence, the CCTV is available for proof. Show a CCTV footage showing the police and PDEA were selling and buying drugs then I will resign right now), he said.

PNP chief PGen. Debold Sinas said the involved PDEA agents and police were returned to their respective units. He also refused to further comment on the issue and said to wait for the result of the NBI’s investigation.

Ang mga personnel namin iyong mga personnel namin will be doing administrative duties at mag-report sila sa opisina pending the result of the NBI investigation (Our personnel will be doing administrative duties and they will report in the office while the result of the NBI investigation is pending),” Sinas said

“We are very confident the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) is capable, has the ability to find out the truth,” he added.

The NBI now has custody of the evidence earlier gathered by the PNP. -AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)


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