PNP doubt bid for drug-free villages achievable
AFTER RODY NIXED NARC WAR
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
URDANETA CITY – Top police officials doubt that the target to make Pangasinan drug-free this month could be achieved after President Duterte stopped the Philippine National Police as the lead agency on the narcotics war that resulted in around 7,000 deaths of suspected drug pushers and users nationwide.DIALOGUE. Superintendent Jackie Candelario (second from left) Urdaneta City police officer-in-charge, and some police officials meet on a “Dialogue on Security Awareness” recently with stakeholders of public and private schools in the 34 villages’ city on their security and other police matters. The meeting was held at the AVR of the Old City Hall, Urdaneta City. Candelario, also the deputy provincial director for operations, told officials of universities, colleges, and elementary schools that they could invite him for a meeting with their students. Candelario was appointed OIC of the city police after his predecessor was sacked due to the loss of 41 handguns in the police armory. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA
Superintendent Norman Florentino, police provincial spokesman, said the bid of the PNP to make Pangasinan this month as drug free is doubtful to be achieved.
“Mukhang alanganin as of February 17 nasa 219 na lang (out of 1,364 villages in Pangasinan) iyong natitira, kaunti na lang sila,” he said.
In January this year, Supt. Jackie Candelario, the PNP deputy provincial director for operation, said the 1,364 barangays in the four cities and 44 towns will be declared narcotics free by the end of February this year.
“We are positive na maki-clear natin and buong Pangasinan sa illegal drugs sa katapusan ng Pebrero,” Candelario told the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas’ forum.
The chief of police of Dagupan City, an independent city of Pangasinan, explained ina radio program the sluggish action of the police versus illegal drug pushers.
“May instruction ang pamunaan ng national police, continue pa rin ang intelligence gathering kaya lang ipaubaya natin ang iniatiative sa PDEA, inalisan kami temporarily na mag conduct ng buy bust and search warrant because of the incident involving Korean Jee Ick Joo,” Miro said.
Miro doubted the eight members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency assigned in Pangasinan could do the job as many of them have to attend court cases related to their previous drug operation.
“Saka pag nakahuli sila ng 50 (suspected narcotics pushers) wala ng gagawin ang PDEA kundi mag a-attend na lang ng court hearings. Mauubos na ang oras sa court hearings,” he said.
Because of the suspension of the fight on drugs, Miro and Florentino said some sightings have been reported about the return of some pushers on those drug free villages.
“Actually, may mga reported na tayo diyan ngayon. Kaya lang pag abot ng panahon babalik na naman sila. Mahirap mag simula,” Miro said.
“Hindi natin maalis iyan, pero nandoon sa ground pa rin iyong mga police para ma monitor ang mga iyan,” Florentino explained.
The Dagupan City’s chief of police lamented that the suspension of the drug war was a blow to the PNP’s fight against drug pushers that was gearing to a successful conclusion.
“Kung sino lang sana ang nagkasala sa PNP iyon lang sana ang parusahan like Dumlao and Sta. Isabel. (Out of) 170,000 strong police, (ang) nagkasala iyong dalawa lang,” he said, referring to Police Superintendent Rafael Dumlao III and SP0-3 Ricky Sta. Isabel who were suspected to have kidnapped and murdered Jee Ick-Joo while fleecing five million pesos from the wife of the South Korean despite killing him already.
The two police officers used the drug war as pretext to the abduction.
Florentino said the police in the province are preoccupied now on the seven focused crimes that are murder, homicide, thief, robbery, carnapping, physical and rape.
The police also waged war on illegal gambling
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