Drug enforcement units of the Philippine National Police in Negros Occidental were dissolved, on orders of President Rodrigo Duterte that the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency will take charge of the anti-drug campaign.
Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, however, said that they will continue to support the PDEA, in terms of information-sharing on activities of drug personalities.
Renoir Baldovino, agent-in-charge of the National Bureau of Investigation-Bacolod office, said yesterday that he received a memorandum from their central office for the creation of the Regional Inter-Agency Coordinating Group Against Illegal Drugs, with PDEA as the lead agency in implementing the anti-drug campaign.
While the NBI is also prohibited from engaging in anti-illegal drug operations, Baldovino said they may share information with PDEA, being also a member of the coordinating group.
Castil who admitted that PDEA will be facing a hard time in their anti-drug campaign due to lack of personnel, assured them of the support of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office.
But Castil also said they can arrest anybody engaged in illegal drug activities in “plain view”, just like in any other crimes being committed.
Without the anti-drug campaign, the NOCPPO will strengthen its campaign against criminal activities, and his enlisted the cooperation of the public, Castil said.
The NOCPPO shall at all times, maintain police visibility, as a deterrent to illegal drug activities, he added.
The dissolved DEUs are being eyed for conversion by the PNP to detectives or police intelligence operatives, responsible for detection, prevention and solution of street crimes.
The “riding in tandem” or motorcycle-riding suspects involved in shooting incidents that had also become a headache to the police, may now be given attention by the police.
Police records show that the implementation of Oplan Tokhang campaign and Oplan Double Barrel of the PNP in Negros Occidental in 2016 led to the surrender of more than 11,000 drug users and peddlers, as well as the killing of nine in police operations, except in Bacolod City.
A certain Jose Johnny Pamilar was the last suspected drug personality apprehended by the police in an anti-drug operation Wednesday in Brgy. 3, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, before the PNP was stripped of its function as anti-narcotics agent.
The arrest of Pamilar yielded a .45 caliber pistol with a magazine containing three live ammunition, P500 in marked money, P1,200 in cash, and P1,250 worth of suspected shabu. * GPB
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