File complaints at PNP, PDEA
IAS, not social media –PNP
CORTES, Bohol, November 19, (PIA)—If there are complaints about the processes in accosting drug personalities, the police have Camp Dagohoy based-Internal Affairs Service unit, while the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has its own unit based in Cebu.
These and not the social media, plead Camp Dagohoy Community Relations Officer SPO4 Quinciano Lopena and PDEA agent and provincial head Ferdinand Kintanar at the Kapihan sa PIA.
At the radio forum to commemorate drug awareness week, both Lopena and Kintanar agree that the people especially the families of concerned drug personalities focused in the operation have also rights that need to be heard.
But resorting to social media to air these may not help much, and may in fact demoralize the police who are performing the task, both also agree.
Apart from the police and the PDEA, other law enforcement agencies like the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have been mandated to render support in the president’s war against drugs.
The PNP and PDEA IAS units are the ombudsman for the police and the narcotics agents and are manned by competent investigators, both officers assured too.
President Rodrigo Duterte has already aired his support for the law enforcement agencies tasked to implement anti-narcotics operations and declared in no uncertain terms, his order to eradicate the problem in the next 6 more months.
As this went, claims of extrajudicial killings reached the media, but in Bohol, police officials have assured that their jobs does not include killing criminals.
Our jobs is to serve and protect, impressed Police Superintendent Nicomedes Olaivar during a police forum.
About 48 dru8g personalities from drug lords, to pushers and users have been killed since July, but Camp Dagohoy insists only 22 of these killed did in legitimate police operations.
Those killed have yielded guns and decided to evade capture by fighting it out with the police, Olaivar said.
The police have also the right to protect themselves at all times, insisted SPO4 Lopena at the Kapihan sa PIA.
But even with these, possibly carried away by the surge of extra-judicial complaints resultant of the senate investigations as triggered by Senator Laila de Lima and the Commission on Human Rights, authorities see complainants starting to shift the war to the social media.
Unless they have other motives, the move to file formal complaints against law enforcement agencies is the most productive way to exact an investigation, Lopena clarified. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)
PDEA Provincial Officer Ferdinand Kintanar also said they have a unit tasked to investigate complaints during PDEA drug operations, although it is based in Cebu. In Bohol, the PNP also has its IAS in Camp Dagohoy. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)