PRO 11 to re­ori­ent cops on anti-drugs cam­paign

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WITH Pres­i­dent Duterte’s order to re­turn the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) to the war on drugs, the Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice (PRO 11) said it will be­gin the re­ori­en­ta­tion as well as back­ground eval­u­a­tion of the per­son­nel who will be as­signed in the Drug En­force­ment Unit (DEU) to en­sure that cops will not vi­o­late hu­man rights.

Po­lice Chief In­spec­tor (PSI) An­drea Dela Cerna, PRO 11 spokesper­son, said dur­ing the AFP-PNP Press Corps me­dia fo­rum at The Royal Man­daya Ho­tel yes­ter­day that the PNP will again take part in the gov­ern­ment’s cam­paign against il­le­gal drugs but the Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency (Pdea) will still be the lead agency in terms of en­force­ment.

“PNP will be ac­tive in par­tic­i­pat­ing dito sa pag­sugpo ng il­le­gal drugs,” she said.

She added that PRO 11 re­gional di­rec­tor Po­lice Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Manuel Gaer­lan has al­ready given his guid­ance to start the se­lec­tion of the per­son­nel to be in­cluded in the drug en­force­ment unit with thor­ough screen­ing.

“We will try to make sure na they do not have deroga­tory record or they do not have con­nec­tion when it comes to il­le­gal drugs,” she said.

She also said they will con­duct re­ori­en­ta­tion with the cops on the pro­vi­sions of the Repub­lic Act 9165 or the Com­pre­hen­sive Dan­ger­ous Drugs Act and the rule of law.

They will take re­fresh­ers on the op­er­a­tion pro­ce­dures in con­duct­ing anti-il­le­gal drug op­er­a­tions and ap­pre­hen­sion of drug per­son­al­i­ties.

“As much as pos­si­ble la­hat ta­laga will be re­minded of hu­man rights. Hindi tayo mag­vavi­o­late as much as pos­si­ble,” she said.

Dela Cerna, for his part, said that as much as pos­si­ble they wanted the crack­down on il­le­gal drugs to be blood­less but it is also the right of the po­lice to pro­tect them­selves against im­mi­nent dan­ger.

“Kaya tayo may Tokhang isang paraan para gaw­ing blood­less ito kasi kami na­man sa PNP we do not want this to be bloody ang nan­gayayri lang na­man po of course sa pag con­duct ng am­ing op­er­a­tion sa duty we have to pro­tect our­selves,” Dela Cerna said.

Mean­while, she said their in­ter­nal cleansing is still on­go­ing to check if there are per­son­nel who are in­volved in il­le­gal drugs and they have al­ready dis­missed sev­eral per­son­nel in Davao re­gion who were guilty of us­ing the il­le­gal sub­stance.

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