Duterte gives cash, cellphones to slain PDEA agents' families

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 11 2018 02:21 AM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday condoled with the families of slain Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency personnel who were killed in an ambush last week.

Duterte gave the bereaved families P20,000 cash, P250,000 cheque, and a cellphone, according to Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go.

Duterte visited the wake of the slain PDEA agents before he flew to Bali, Indonesia for the ASEAN Leaders' Conference.

The PDEA agents were on board a van on their way to Marawi City when there were waylaid by gunmen.

PDEA chief Aaron Aquino earlier said the agency is looking into drug traffickers and some politicians who may be behind the ambush.

The agency is also investigating a group of policemen who accompanied the PDEA agents to their lecture program and volunteered to escort them to Marawi, Aquino added.

The policemen's vehicle, he said, was behind the PDEA agents, but suddenly sped past and overtook their van "without even any coordination", just minutes before the ambush, according to 2 survivors.

The Philippine National Police (PNP), meanwhile, has launched a separate probe on the incident.

--With reports from Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News