Cocpo dis­bands anti-drugs unit

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - By Al­wen Salir­ing

The anti-il­le­gal drug unit of the Ca­gayan de Oro City Po­lice Of­fice (Cocpo) has been dis­banded fol­low­ing Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte's or­der to the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) to step aside and al­low the Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency (PDEA) to solely im­ple­ment the govern­ment's war on drugs.

Chief In­spec­tor Mardy Hor­tillosa II, Cocpo spokesper­son, said the City Drug En­force­ment Unit (CDEU) of Cocpo has been di­rected to shelve planned op­er­a­tions like drug buy­busts, en­trap­ment op­er­a­tions, and the im­ple­men­ta­tion of war­rants.

The 14-mem­ber CDEU op­er­a­tives have al­ready been re­as­signed to other po­lice units, Hor­tillosa said.

He said drug en­force­ment teams of the dif­fer­ent po­lice sta­tions will

now be­come in­tel­li­gence op­er­a­tives.

"Un­less naay di­rec­tive nga ang drug en­force­ment op­er­a­tives hi­moon nga maoy mag-gather og in­for­ma­tion sa drug ac­tiv­i­ties pero so far wala pa man so un­dang sa ang CDEU sa drug op­er­a­tions, "Hor­tillosa said.

CDEU's records of drug per­son­al­i­ties and their il­le­gal drug ac­tiv­i­ties will be con­sol­i­dated and turned over to the PDEA-North­ern Min­danao.

Hor­tillosa said the po­lice will now fo­cus on the anti-crim­i­nal­ity and an­titer­ror­ism cam­paign through the strate­gic im­ple­men­ta­tion of the En­hanced Manag­ing Po­lice Op­er­a­tions.

The en­tire force of Cocpo is set to con­cen­trate on the seven-fo­cus crimes: mur­der, homi­cide, rob­bery, theft, phys­i­cal in­jury, car­nap­ping and rape through the Oplan Lam­bat-Si­bat, the po­lice's anti-crime strat­egy.

"Ang atong kapolisan mabusy gi­hapon tun­god kay atong fo­cus is anti-crim­i­nal­ity na­man which is daghan atong tu­tokan, "Hor­tillosa said.

Cocpo chief Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Robert Roy Bahian said the city po­lice as en­forcers of the law will ad­here and fully sup­port the pres­i­dent's di­rec­tive.

'Cocpo will sup­port the PDEA in their cam­paign against il­le­gal drugs if ever they will need our as­sis­tance in their op­er­a­tions, "Bahian said.

PDEA-10 agent Ben Cal­i­bre said the anti-nar­cotics agency will take the or­der as chal­lenge and will ex­ert all their efforts to sat­isfy the pres­i­dent as they take the lead in the drug war.

"Though na­subo mi kay ang PNP gyud ang among main part­ner sa anti-drug war unya nakuhaan sa author­ity nga mag-con­duct og drug op­er­a­tions, we will take this as chal­lenge kay gisali­gan mi sa pres­i­dente busa dili namo pakya­son iyang ex­pec­ta­tions,"Cal­i­bre said.

Cal­i­bre ad­mits this en­tails a lot of big things to work on but they are pos­i­tive the PDEA will gain the de­sired re­sults with the kind of job they mas­tered for years and the co­op­er­a­tion of the com­mu­nity.

Cal­i­bre as­sures that PDEA agents will care­fully fol­low proper and stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures dur­ing drug raids and op­er­a­tions.

(STEPHANIE V. BERGANIO)

FIGHT­ING FIRE. Fire­men and res­i­dents strug­gle to put out a blaze that en­gulfed some 30 homes in barangays 22 and 26 yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, Oc­to­ber 12. The fire started at about 3:31 pm and was de­clared un­der con­trol at 4:36 pm and caused dam­ages worth P1.6 mil­lion.

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