PNP chief vows to take all necessary measures to ensure less bloody drug war

Photo file of PNP from left, PDEA right (ctto)

Following the announcement of the Palace that Philippine National Police will once again help in the drug war, PNP vowed to take all the precautionary measures to ensure less bloody campaign.

According to PNP Spokesman, Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos, a less bloody illegal drug campaign is one of their three preparations being done now.

He said that PNP leaderships are preparing to return in the war on drugs as commanded by President Rodrigo Duterte.

“The Chief PNP (Director General Ronald dela Rosa) wants to take all the necessary precautionary measures to ensure that it will be less bloody, that suspects are captured alive,” Carlos said in an interview on dzMM.

If recalled, PNP was taken out from war on drugs first in January over the controversy created by the death of South Korean executive Jee Ick Joo. Joo, was allegedly kidnapped and killed inside Camp Crame by anti-narcotics cops under the guise of an anti-illegal drugs operations.

When reinstated later, PNP was kicked out again after involvement of Caloocan police in execution of minors.

After the said incidents that resulted to Filipinos doubting police reports that suspects were killed because they fought back, the PNP took a step of procuring body cameras.

“Our operatives will strictly use body cameras in every conduct of operations for transparency. We are expediting the procurement,” the PNP spokesman said.

The anti-narcotics unit will be the priority in distribution of the new body cameras.

The other decision that PNP made is the continuous internal cleansing with the help of Counter-Intelligence Task Force (CITF).

Once PNP got back in the war on drugs, a comparison with PDEA’s performance is expected.  The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency recorded only one death since it took over the campaign last October.

Meanwhile, PDEA welcomes the President’s decision to allow PNP to re-enter in the government’s operation against the illegal drugs.

 Source: Manila Bulletin

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