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PNP, PDEA to boost link on anti-drugs campaign

Philippine Information Agency
16 May 2021, 16:38 GMT+10

CALOOCAN CITY, May 16 (PIA) -- The chiefs of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) will meet to settle gaps and discuss interoperability in the government's campaign against illegal drugs.

The top-level meeting with PDEA Dir. Gen. Wilkins Villanueva and PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar will be held at Camp Crame in Quezon City.

"Illegal drugs syndicates are taking advantage of the weaknesses or gaps in the rules of procedure on coordination and inter-operations between the PNP and the PDEA. Kasama ang PDEA, ito ang tututukan natin ngayon para maiwasan na maulit pa," Eleazar said.

Operatives of the drug enforcement unit of the Quezon City Police District Station 4 and PDEA agents figured in another incident of apparent miscommunication at the parking lot of a mall in Quezon City on May 14.

A similar incident of a bungled buy-bust took place last February along Commonwealth Avenue that led to the death of a few personnel.

Eleazar said he and other officials will look at the matter "beyond coordination concern" to determine why it "keeps on recurring."

"Likewise, we will set up features in the rules that would keep our men on the right track so that all their operations will be conducted with regularity and integrity," he said. (PIA NCR)

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