Pub­lic told: Help PDEA mon­i­tor drug sus­pects

Sun.Star Cebu - - NEWS PLUS -

An of­fi­cial of the Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice 7 urged barangay of­fi­cials and the pub­lic to help the Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency (PDEA) 7 in mon­i­tor­ing sus­pected drug per­son­al­i­ties.

“The vil­lage folks must be vig­i­lant than ever be­cause if they will not help PDEA, this drug war will not suc­ceed,” said Se­nior Supt. Jonathan Ca­bal.

Ca­bal, who is the Re­gional In­tel­li­gence Di­vi­sion chief, said they will con­tinue their in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing and re­lay in­for­ma­tion to PDEA 7, which is now the sole agency that is in charge of the gov­ern­ment’s war on drugs.

The per­son­nel of the dis­banded drug en­force­ment units will be trans­ferred to other units.

Ca­bal said, though, that po­lice of­fi­cers are still obliged to help PDEA 7 agents if they are asked to as­sist them

Ca­bal also made clear that they can still ar­rest per­sons if they can see them car­ry­ing il­le­gal drugs in plain view and will con­tinue to at­tend court hear­ings of their ar­rest-

We will give them (PDEA) the case fold­ers on our in­ves­ti­a­tion on deaths clas­si­fied un­der mo­tives per­tain­ing to drugs as well as our in­tel­li­gence in­for­ma­tion on drug per­son­al­i­ties ac­tive in our ar­eas of re­spon­si­bil­ity. JOEL DORIA CCPO chief

ed drug per­son­al­i­ties.

Last Jan­uary, Po­lice Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Ron­ald dela Rosa stopped the anti-il­le­gal drug op­er­a­tions fol­low­ing Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s or­der of dis­man­tling all anti-il­le­gal drug units.

Po­lice’s op­er­a­tions re­sumed last March af­ter a month-long hia­tus.

Last Mon­day, Duterte is­sued a mem­o­ram­dum stat­ing that PDEA will be the sole unit to carry out anti-il­le­gal drug op­er­a­tions.

With this, the Cebu City Po­lice Of­fice (CCPO), for their part, said they will fo­cus on con­duct­ing check­points to ad­dress the prob­lem on pair rid­ing-in-tan­dem.

CCPO Di­rec­tor Joel Doria said they want to pre­vent crimes on the streets by in­ter­cept­ing law­less el­e­ments on mo­tor­cy­cles.

“We will do our Oplan Sita and check­points to fo­cus on anti-crim­i­nal­ity and il­le­gal gam­bling,” he said.

CCPO’s drug-re­lated cases or deaths un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion will be for­warded to PDEA. /

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