MAASIN CITY, Sept. 28 (PIA) -- Even as the Philippine National Police (PNP) continues to implement health protocols in the fight against the unseen enemy, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19), the fight against the "seen enemy" on illegal drugs goes on.
Police Colonel Dante Novicio, the new provincial PNP director, emphasized this point in a media briefing/Kapihan interview last week.
"Seventy (70) percent of the crimes committed are drugs-related," PCol. Novicio said.
He reported that in his two months stay as the new PNP chief in the province, there were already 10 buy-bust operations conducted, two of which were bloody that resulted in the killing of the two high value individuals (HVI).
Novicio, who came from the Police Regional Office 8, assumed as provincial PNP director on July 22, taking the place of PCol. Nelson Eucogco, who was likewise transferred to PRO-8.
He said he was aware the Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency (PDEA) had declared the whole province drug-cleared, but new players come in, so the police went on conducting surveillance of suspected drug dealers and users.
Meanwhile, Novicio expressed support to a bill introduced by Senator Bato De La Rosa, the equal footing bill, which reduced the minimum height requirements for those wanting to join the ranks of the PNP.
"Bigyan chance yung mga hindi pinagpala sa height," the Tagalog-speaking Novicio said of the proposed legislation, saying performance on the job cannot be measured by height but by the right work attitude.
Once approved, the new height requirement will only be at least 5 feet and 2 inches for men from the previous 5 feet and 4 inches, and 5 feet for women, down from 5 feet and 2 inches.
The PNP is continually hiring every year to offset those who are retiring, so any interested individuals may just visit the PRO-8 website for details, Novicio advised. (ldl/mmp/PIA-Southern Leyte)
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