PNP, NBI welcome PDEA lead in drug war

PNP, NBI welcome PDEA lead in drug war

"The PNP, shall at all times, maintain police visibility, as a deterrent to illegal drug activities leaving to the PDEA however the conduct of anti-illegal drug operations as aforestated", the memo said.

The police will now focus on other crimes and on internal "cleansing", Dela Rosa said.

"We will still uphold the law".

PNP Directorate of Operations chief Director Camilo Pancratius Cascolan policemen affected by the disbanding of the DEUs may be reassigned to intelligence units in line with their anti-criminality operations.

The PNP's Drug Enforcement Group will now be limited to intelligence production and monitoring.

"PDEA continues to regularly destroy illegal drugs and laboratory equipment right before the public", PDEA Aquino said.

In a memorandum dated October 10, Duterte directed the four agencies among others "to leave the PDEA, as a sole agency to conduct all campaigns and operations against all those who are involved in or connected with illegal drugs".

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On January 30, 2017, Duterte instructed the PNP to dismantle all its anti-illegal drug units and "cleanse its ranks" of corrupt personnel following the kidnap and murder of a South Korean businessman inside Camp Crame.

The police claimed that they only killed suspects who resisted arrest violently.

This is the second time that the PDEA will take the lead on the administration's drug war under Duterte. "I have only more than a thousands of agents", added Aquino who, on Sunday, led a raid that resulted in the arrest of a mayor of Sarangani province in Mindanao, described the by PDEA as a "drug lord".

"What happened is the street distribution of networks of drugs lords already degraded so we now target higher echelons of the syndicates, as well as their protectors in government", he added.

"PDEA will now bring policy focus, expert performance standards, high-level coordination of oversight, and centralized intelligence collection to the war on drugs", the presidential spokesperson said.

"The vacuum the PNP will leave in the drug war will serve as a challenge to the community, local government units, the stakeholders". In the "Anti-Illegal Drugs Campaign Plan: Double Barrel", Project Tokhang and Project High-Value Target was launched when Duterte took office on July 1, 2016.

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