Drug recycling still rampant in PH – PDEA

Robie de Guzman   •   September 16, 2019   •   734

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) director general Aaron Aquino admitted on Monday that drug recycling remains rampant in the Philippines amid the government’s ongoing war against illegal drugs.

Aquino made the admission when he faced senators to defend PDEA’s proposed P2.497-billion budget for 2020.

The PDEA chief said unscrupulous agents of the Philippine National Police and other law enforcement agencies are commonly involved in drug recycling.

“Ang usual na nagiging modus when they seized drugs maybe half of that will be surrendered yun ang ipalalabas nila na yun lang ang na seized nila. The other ones are being kept for future operations or the worst of it is they sell the drugs,” Aquino said.

“Pwedeng pang-plant sir or all other kinds of preparations,” he further stated in response to Senator Panfilo Lacson’s question on whether these illegal drugs are also used in planting evidence in anti-drug operations.

Aquino also revealed they are currently pursuing a female drug lord who has been buying confiscated drugs from government agents.

“Mayroon tayong drug queen dito sa Manila na ginagawa lang ay bumibili ng drugs coming from law enforcement agencies… ‘Pag pumunta ka doon… nagbebenta ka kahit 10 to 20 kilo benta mo, no questions asked bibilhin nila kahit magkano presyo,” he said.

He, however, refused to name the said female drug lord.

“I-neutralize muna naming ang drug queen na ito,” he said.

Following Aquino’s revelation, Lacson said the use of body cameras during anti-drug operations should become mandatory to prevent such incidents.

“When you join the operation at hindi nag-function ang body cam, dapat may automatic sanction, medyo puro alibi ang technical problem,” he said.

Aquino also said that high-profile drug convicts inside the national penitentiary are still involved in illegal drug trading.

“Mayroon kaming taped conversation with a drug lord inside the Bucor, by kilo sir, initially sir she is asking if how much is 10 kilos at sabi ng drug lord, he can give it at P1.3 million per kilo,” he said.

Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa has urged Aquino to present a detailed report and evidence to support his claims.

“Mahirap ‘yung puro lang tayo can door wala tayong leg to stand sa ganung accusation. Sana mayroon kang report para masabi natin sino yang pulis na nagre-recycle para I will call the attention of the chief PNP,” he said.

Meanwhile, PDEA also raised concern over the P22 billion worth of confiscated illegal drugs that are yet to be destroyed as these are still being used as court evidence.

Lacson said they will invite Supreme Court officials to the next hearing on Monday to discuss the matter.

“We will plead with the Supreme Court to put down judges who refuse to abide by the law that within 72 hours kailangan masira na ang mga drugs na na-confiscate,” he said. RRD (with details from Correspondent Grace Casin)

PNP, PDEA to finalize unified guidelines for drug operations

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) are set to release the unified guidelines for drug operations by the end of June.

PNP Chief P.Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said the unified guidelines aim to avoid misencounter between the two agencies  and boost efficiency of police operations.

“Once these unified operating guidelines are finalized and released to our men on the ground, I need the efficient supervision by our ground commanders to ensure that the rules are strictly followed by our operatives,” he said in a statement.

“This way, our law enforcement agencies would be more effective and efficient in carrying out their operations toward the eventual eradication of the country’s illegal drug trade,” he added.

As previously discussed by the PNP and PDEA, not conducting their respective operations on the same date and time will also be included in the guidelines.

There should also be close coordination between the two agencies before conducting any operations.

Last February, three anti-drug operatives were killed while three were injured when the Quezon City Police Department and PDEA had a misencounter at a fastfood chain in Quezon City. PNP personnel and PDEA agents almost had a similar misencounter again in May. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

 

3 drug personalities killed in drug buy-bust; P68M worth of shabu seized

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 11, 2021

Three drug personalities were neutralized in a drug buy-bust operation launched by the Philippine National Police and and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency operatives in Cebu, Cityon Thursday evening (June 10).

PNP Chief General Guillermo Eleazar identified one of the suspects as alias Levon.

Anti-illegal drug operatives encountered Levon and his two unidentified male cohorts during a drug buy-bust operation at Brgy. Campo 4, Talisay City and Brgy Tap-Tap, Cebu City around 9:00 p.m. of June 10, 2021.

The encounter led to an armed confrontation which resulted in the deaths of the three drug suspects.

Recovered at the crime scene were 10 large packs containing suspected shabu weighing 10 kilos with estimated standard drug price of P68 million and two firearms.

Eleazar assured that the PNP will continue its fight in curbing illegal drugs.

“The Philippine National Police remains steadfast, under the PNP Intensified Cleanliness Policy, in fighting the bigger war on illegal drugs without let-up. The PNP offers no compromise for anyone found to be involved in illegal drugs activities. We remain constantly working with PDEA to crush the real enemy,” he said. AAC

PNP, PDEA draw-up guidelines to improve coordination in conduct of anti-drug ops

Robie de Guzman   •   May 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) are crafting guidelines on law enforcement operation to avoid miscommunication, the police Public Information Office (PIO) said Monday.

The PNP-PIO said Police chief General Guillermo Eleazar and PDEA director general Wilkins Villanueva met on Saturday to discuss ways on how to improve coordination, collaboration and cooperation of PNP and PDEA operating units to avoid previous incidents of misencounter during illegal drug operations.

Other ranking officials of the PNP and PDEA also attended the meeting.

The PNP-PIO said that among the salient points discussed in the meeting was the crafting of a unified operational guidelines and protocols that shall be observed by PNP and PDEA units when conducting anti-illegal drugs operations.

These include more rigid coordination procedures that must clearly indicate the specific areas of operation at the Station Level in big cities.

Eleazar earlier noted that “illegal drug syndicates are taking advantage of the weaknesses or gaps in the rules of procedure on coordination and inter-operations between the PNP and the PDEA.”

“Kasama ang PDEA, ito ang tututukan natin ngayon para maiwasan na maulit pa ang anumang pagkukulang sa koordinasyon at komunikasyon,” he said.

The move comes after members of PDEA and Quezon City Police nearly figured in a misencounter in the middle of an anti-illegal drug operation at a mall.

Last February, elements of Quezon City police and PDEA agents figured in a shootout along Commonwealth Avenue during a supposed anti-drug operation.

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