PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief, General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar on Monday welcomed the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) announcement that the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is close to wrapping up its investigation of a deadly gunfight between agents of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) outside a Q.C. mall last February 24.
The DOJ announced that the NBI is almost finished with its investigation and that the final report regarding the shootout that left two QCPD anti-narcotics operatives, a PDEA agent and a PDEA informant dead could be submitted by the end of this month.
“The unfortunate incident between the anti-narcotics operatives of the PNP and the PDEA in Quezon City was a tragedy that we both learned a lot from. As a result of this, nagkaroon ng isang napakagandang coordination protocol na pinangunahan ko mismo at ni PDEA Director General Wilkins Villanueva na ngayon ay ipinapatupad na down to the ground level,” Gen. Eleazar said in a press statement.
“Makakaasa ang ating mga kababayan na muli naming pag-uusapan ang anumang resulta ng imbestigasyong ito upang ma-improve pa ang coordination protocol na ginawa base naman sa perspektibo ng ating DOJ,” he added.
The PDEA leadership declined to make any comment on the matter until the release of the NBI findings.
However, although the investigation in the shootout has not yet been concluded, the two agencies signed in July a joint memorandum circular containing the unified guidelines to be implemented and observed by PNP and PDEA operatives in anti-illegal drug operations.
“Last month the PNP and the PDEA signed a memorandum circular, outlining joint operational protocols, to prevent the recurrence of misencounters between our operatives,” Gen. Eleazar said.
“We need a united front to win the war on drugs and this is what the memorandum circular ensures: that anti-illegal drug operatives work together to stop the traffic of illegal drugs and eradicate the narcotics trade in the country,” he added.