PHILIPPINE National Police chief General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar stressed the need for all police unit commanders to effectively supervise their anti-narcotics personnel in order to guarantee that there won’t be anymore ‘misencounter’ between the PNP and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in the future.
In order to address the problem, the PNP chief ordered all his unit commanders to ensure full compliance to the PNP-PDEA unified operational guidelines expected to be released soon to prevent ‘misencounters and other feud’ between the two law enforcement agencies.
“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,” the PNP chief said.
Gen. Eleazar directed all police commanders to make sure that their personnel specifically those assigned to PNP Regional, Provincial, City and Municipal Drug Enforcement Units are well-briefed on the PNP-PDEA guidelines once they are officially out.
According to PDEA chair, Director General Wilkins M. Villanueva, the PDEA-PNP unified operational guidelines could be completed before the end of the month.
Uniform guidelines were created following the February 24 fatal shootout between undercover officers of the PDEA and the Quezon City Police District outside a shopping mall on Commonwealth, QC which left two QCPD agents and a PDEA officer and an informant dead.