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Du30 tasks NBI as ‘sole’ investigator of PDEA-PNP shoot-out

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The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has been designated by Malacanang as the lone investigator into the deadly shoot-out between agents of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) that left four people dead.


“This to ensure impartiality,” according to an obviously-piqued President Duterte last week.


Prior to this, Philippine National Police chief Debold Sinas and PDEA director Wilkins Villanueva told a press conference in Camp Crame that they would be conducting a joint investigation into the bloody “misencounter” between their respective operatives during obviously uncoordinated anti-drugs operations in the vicinity of the Ever Gotesco mall along Commonwealth Ave. – which they both insisted were “legitimate.”


During that same press conference, the PNP and PDEA leadership could not even come up with a coherent explanation regarding the unfortunate incident, thereby leaving a lot of questions unanswered that fueled suspicions of a white-wash among the mediamen who were present.
“People are demanding to know why supposed legitimate operations ended up as a circular shoot-out, with PNP and PDEA agents killing each other,” Sen. Ralph Recto noted. “Napakalaking kahihiyan ito.”


In line with this directive, the President ordered the PNP and PDEA chiefs to immediately discontinue with the planned joint probe as it is the NBI’s mandate to investigate incidents between the uniformed services so it will be non-partisan.


Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte seized the opportunity to lambast concerned law enforcement officials for failing to coordinate properly with City Hall regarding their respective operations.


“The least that can be expected is that we here in City Hall be given the decency of a heads up so we know what to expect.,” she complained. “Para hindi kami bulag. Para hindi kami mabulaga.”


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