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

Marje Pelayo   •   February 25, 2021   •   497

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)

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)

Duterte designates NBI as sole body to probe PNP-PDEA ‘misencounter’

Robie de Guzman   •   February 26, 2021

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)

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