TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Police Regional Office 02 Director Police Chief Superintendent Robert Quenery echoed Philippine National Police Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa’s new order to focus on addressing killings by suspects riding in tandem.
This came after President Rodrigo Duterte’s ordered that the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) will now take over the conduct of anti-illegal drug operations from police.
“Ang instruction ni [PNP] Chief [Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa] is hands off na ang PNP on all anti illegal drug activities and refocus your efforts and resources on riding in tandem or motor riding criminals who may have had taken advantage on the war against illegal drugs,” Quenery said.
The regional director said Dela Rosa told them that the new directive will help people see the difference between ordinary homicide and drug-related cases in shootings done by motorcycle-riding gunmen.
He added that that suspects riding-in-tandem also prey on the same people victimized by drug users and pushers.
Aside from riding-in-tandem cases, the police will also focus now on solving robbery incidents. “Hahabulin natin ang mga ‘yan. Whether they are involved in shooting incidents, robbery, or gun for hire, we will bring them to the bar of justice,” he said.
In a press conference on Friday, October 13, Quenery made an example of this out of the successful operation of Solana Police in Cagayan. The operation resulted to the death of two suspected members of motorcycle robbery group based in Kalinga in an “bloody” encounter between the police.
Meanwhile, in compliance with the new mandate of the police, Quenery has dissolved all drug enforcement units from the regional level, down to the municipal level in Region 02.
The PRO2 director said all anti illegal drug holdings like intelligence, counter intelligence, and pending projects going to be turned over to PDEA. “[Ito ay] para yung mga nakalap nating information will be given to them,” he said.
He said the police will support PDEA’s endeavors and that policemen will serve as facilitators in drug rehabilitation of “Tokhang responders.” He added that they will provide necessary information to the agency “as long as they formally submit a request” signed by Dela Rosa.
Meanwhile, Quenery reported that there were 509 incidents of of homicide in the region since July 2017. In this figure, less than 100 cases were drug-related.
He added that the crime rate had a 28% drop since July, a significantly “big difference” compared to last year. Northernforum.net