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DOJ to wrap up probe into Commonwealth misencounter

December 15, 2021 Hector Lawas 250 views

THE preliminary investigation into the charges filed by the National Bureau of Investigation against operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and Philippine National Police in connection with the bloody ‘misencounter’ in Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City last February maybe concluded early next year.

Prosecutor General Benedicto Malcontento revealed this development, adding the DOJ consolidated the complaint filed by PDEA with the NBI.

In a complaint before the Department of Justice, the NBI recommended the conduct of preliminary investigation on several criminal charges against respondents from PDEA and PNP.

The NBI was tasked to conduct a parallel investigation into the Commonwealth incident which left two policemen, a PDEA agent, and an informant dead, and inflicted injuries to several persons.

PDEA and PNP operatives shot it out over a botched anti-drugs operations near a mall in Commonwealth Avenue.

President Duterte has intervened in the investigation and directed the NBI to be the sole agency to do an independent and impartial probe.