PNP-DEG vows to address war on drugs' shortcomings in new drive

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 06 2017 09:21 PM | Updated as of Dec 06 2017 11:36 PM

MANILA (UPDATED) - Now that the Philippine National Police (PNP) has been given the go-signal to resume anti-drug operations, operational guidelines are being crafted and cascaded to various PNP operating units to would address the war on drugs' shortcomings. 

PNP-Drug Enforcement Group (PNP-DEG) Director Chief Supt. Joseph Adnol on Wednesday said they are preparing guidelines that would improve the campaign. 

“We are coming up with the guidance, we are preparing the guidance to make sure [ma-address] yung pagkukulang noon, yung mga nasosobrahan noon,” Adnol said. 

Adnol said these guidelines were already part of the standard operating procedures but they were not strictly followed. 

“Probably, that’s one reason na gusto nilang ipakita agad na may accomplishments, but the way of doing it is a violation of law,” Adnol said. 

“It was not strictly followed. The PNP was overwhelmed, mabilis iyung pag-address sa illegal drugs. Sabay-sabay to the extent na others are not actually supervised by the officers,” he added. 

According to the guidelines, all operations should be led by an officer, from station level and up. 

“Para maipasigurado nababantayan ang galaw ng mga subordinates natin. Iba kase pag may opisyal eh, may guidance lagi to perform their jobs properly. Siya ang tumitingin kung tama ang ginagawa ng mga pulis natin," Adnol said. 

The guidelines also state that all anti-narcotics operations should have a pre-operational plan. 

“[It] should be approved by the commander, ibig sabihin magpapaalam lagi ang operative natin for any target or operation. They should ask the approval,” Adnol said. 

“Yung pre-operations kasi should be approved by the commander, written [na] ngayon. Kasi noon, tawag-tawag lang. For us here in PNP-DEG, we organized our pre-ops work to discuss the operation plans of our operatives, our units and [it has] to be approved by the board bago sila mag-launch ng operations. From there, the board will be able to see na there is a team leader na officer,” he added. 

The PNP also said it will strengthen coordination with Barangay Anti-Illegal Drugs Council or BADAC, wherein one police officer should be a member in order to establish familiarity with the drug situation of the barangay. 

“One compulsory member of BADAC is a policeman. We want to turn it in a way na ito ang maging oversight committee sa mga barangay to oversee drug situations. We are requiring our units to activate BADAC, but we will be requiring our units to show how many times did they convene to discuss the situation of illegal drugs in the barangay,” Adnol said. 

The PNP-DEG has mandated around 200 police operatives to focus on high-value targets this time around. 

“We are targeting high-value targets. And the regional offices of the PNP will be in charge of the drug problem in their area of responsibility although PNP-DEG is operating countrywide, but we are focusing more on high-value targets,” Adnol said. 

Drug intelligence reports showed that drug personalities proliferated after the PNP was asked to back off from the drug war, he added. 

“The PNP already received information even from our operatives here from PNP-DEG that there was already significant development as far as increasing transactions of illegal drugs,” Adnol said. 

 “One of our operatives reported na mayroong nag-lie low noon; ngayon, may information sila na bumabalik ulit. In fact, yon ang ni-request ng PDEA noong hindi pa bumalik sa amin na kung pwede, tulungan namin sila. Now that it is given to us, yun ang tatargetin namin,” he added. 

The PNP-DEG is also monitoring the apparent increase in shabu in the market. 

“In fact, ang observation pa nga nila ay bumaba ang presyo ng shabu," Adnol said.