Retired General Aaron Aquino formally takes over as new PDEA chief

UNTV News   •   September 13, 2017   •   17198

Retired Police Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino

Retired Police Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino

MANILA, Philippines — As the new head of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), retired Police Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino said he will push for the creation of reformation centers in every city and municipality across the country just like what he did in Region III.

“Let’s stop the operations, too much operations on drugs. There are many ways on how to stop them, and one way is reforming them,” Aquino said.

Aquino replaces retired General Isidro Lapeña who was transferred by President Rodrigo Duterte to the Bureau of Customs (BOC) as replacement of Captain Nicanor Faeldon.

He noted reformation centers are more effective in changing the lifestyle of drug dependents than in rehabilitation centers which normally takes six to one year.

With the help of the BOC, the new PDEA chief also vowed to strictly monitor ports, saying 70% of illegal drugs smuggled into the country enter through ports.

“We will use all our resources to help him. There will be lot of coordination between us,” Aquino said.

Meanwhile, eight informants of PDEA have received P5-million reward under the Operation Private Eye.

Alias “June” touted the P2-million he received. June was the informant who helped authorities arrest two drug suspects and confiscate from them 38 kilograms of shabu in Paranaque City last 2016.

The Operation Private Eye is a program of the agency to encourage civilians report to authorities’ individuals involved in the trading of illegal drugs. – Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

Senate to conduct probe on QCPD-PDEA ‘misencounter’ — Dela Rosa

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa on Thursday (February 25) announced that the Senate will be conducting a hearing to shed light on the ‘misencounter’ between the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

The lawmaker said the investigation which will be conducted on March 2 will look into the seeming lack of proper coordination from both camps.

In a statement, Dela Rosa said that there was also negligence in the proper dissemination of that coordination to the operating units.

“Through our hearing and investigation, we will try to ferret out the truth and give [an] opportunity to all parties involved in this unfortunate incident to explain their side,” he added.

Dela Rosa said the hearing will help the Senate determine if there is a need to revise laws concerning law enforcement authorities. -AAC

DOJ orders NBI to probe PNP-PDEA ‘misencounter’

Robie de Guzman   •   February 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has directed the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct its own probe into the shooting incident that transpired between members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Wednesday night.

The shooting incident between operatives of the PNP and PDEA occurred near a mall along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City.

“This is separate and distinct from the probe to be conducted by an ad hoc joint PNP-PDEA board of inquiry earlier announced by PNP chief Debold Sinas,” Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said in a message to reporters.

“I gave them (NBI) 10 days to submit a report,” he added.

Sinas earlier said that a joint PNP-PDEA Board of Inquiry has been created to determine what transpired and who should be held liable for the incident.

The PNP chief appointed the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) as the lead investigating body, while the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has been designated “to speak on any updates from the PNP in order to keep the public updated with accurate and relevant information.” – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

PNP, PDEA to form board of inquiry after gunfight along Commonwealth Avenue

Robie de Guzman   •   February 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – A joint board of inquiry, comprised of personnel from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), will be formed to look into the gunfight that transpired between its members near the Ever Gotesco Mall along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City on Wednesday night.

“In the interest of determining the truth behind the incident, a joint PNP-PDEA Board of Inquiry will be formed to determine what transpired and who should be held liable,” the PNP Public Information Office (PIO) said in a statement.

The PNP-PIO added that Police chief General Debold Sinas has appointed the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) as the lead investigating body, while the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has been designated “to speak on any updates from the PNP in order to keep the public updated with accurate and relevant information.”

The shooting incident between police officers and anti-illegal drug operatives was said to have occurred in an area outside of the mall early Wednesday night.

The mall management said that its shoppers were safe inside its premises when the incident happened and asked the public to refrain from sharing any unconfirmed information online.

The gunfight left several casualties but it remains unclear how and why it transpired as the PNP and PDEA have yet to disclose information about the incident.

Following the gunfight, PDEA spokesperson Derrick Carreon said their agents were on a legitimate operation in the area but appealed to the media to allow them time to obtain clear details about the incident.

“Sa ngayon, isa lang po ang malinaw, na ang PDEA Special Enforcement Service ay nandoon on a legitimate operation po. ‘Yun lang ang alam namin at this point,” he said in a message to reporters.

Meanwhile, the PNP and PDEA both assured the public that the incident, while serious,  “will in no way affect the continuing operational relationship and coordination they have long firmed up in the fight against illegal drugs.”

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