By Philippines News Agency
Davao City – The Davao City Police Office (DCPO) has ordered all police station commanders to prepare for the possible return of anti-illegal drugs campaign to the Philippine National Police (PNP) from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
This, after President Rodrigo Duterte said he was now considering returning the task to curb illegal drugs to the police.
DCPO spokesperson Sr. Insp. Maria Teresita Gazpan on Tuesday said DCPO director Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum already ordered all station commanders to prepare again the previous cases for their future operations.
“The case build-ups are still pending but we gave it to PDEA, and these targets are not yet arrested until now, that’s why we will follow them up as soon as the campaign will be given back to us,” she said.
Gaspan said PDEA enforcers are still successful in arresting illegal drug suspects despite the lack of operatives. But, she said it was different when the PNP will become part of the campaign anew.
“The PDEA gets big accomplishments but unlike the PNP, we can make many operations in a day. We can make three to four operations in a place per day,” she said.
In a press briefing on Monday, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque bared that he heard Duterte again in a meeting last week that the President was inclined to return the mantle of waging war against illegal drugs on the PNP.
“But he has not transferred it yet to the PNP again. I guess, until the document is signed by him (Duterte) it remains with PDEA,” he said.
Roque said he would seek clarification from the president regarding his plan to return the campaign to PNP.
“But, let us not pressure him either way. That is presidential discretion, prerogative,” he said
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