COPS READY TO REJOIN DRUG WAR

POLICE in Western Visayas are more than ready to rejoin the war on illegal drugs as ordered by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte. (Ricky Alejo)

THE Police Regional Office (PRO)-6 said it is ready to rejoin the government’s war on illegal drugs.

Superintendent Gilbert Gorero, PRO-6 spokesman, said they have always been prepared for President Rodrigo Duterte’s order for the PNP to resume operations against illegal drugs.

As to how the PNP will carry out its role in the anti-drug campaign and the specifics, “we are still awaiting guidelines from the higher headquarters,” he added.

Gorero said it remains unclear if the defunct PNP drug enforcement units will be reactivated or they will form new teams comprised of select cops.

“But for sure, we would abide by the orders of the President and the higher headquarters. If retraining is needed, we would also comply,” Gorero said.

On Dec 5, 2017, Duterte ordered the PNP and other government agencies to join the campaign against illegal drugs but stressed that the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency is still the lead agency.

In October, the President tasked the PDEA to be the sole agency in the government’s campaign against illegal drugs after the PNP was rapped for a series of killings in anti-drug operations.

Aside from the PNP, the National Bureau of Investigation, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Bureau of Customs and Philippine Postal Corporation will also join the anti-drug campaign.

PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Dionardo Carlos said the PNP will be using body cameras in anti-drug operations and put more emphasis on internal cleansing.

Carlos also said that the PNP will allow certain sectors to witness police operations for the sake of transparency.

Meanwhile, Gorero said PRO-6 lacks body cameras for future operations.

“But if there will be guidelines for wearing of body cameras, I’m sure the PNP would follow,” he added.

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