- The shootout that occurred between forces of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Quezon City left two dead and four wounded
- Two PNP officers died during the shootout and another cop was left in critical condition
- Three PDEA operatives sustained injuries during the bungled operation
- A statement from Police Office chief Police Brig. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr. stated that the operations of both departments were legitimate and they are still investigating as to why there was an encounter that took place
On Feb. 24, Wednesday evening, a misencounter during a "bungled buy-bust" operation, as Rappler noted, took two lives, that of two PNP officers, with another officer in critical condition.
As per ABS-CBN's report, there were also three PDEA agents who got injured during the shootout.
The incident happened at Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City near the Ever Gotesco Mall.
Sketchy reports from the Batasan police station revealed that at around 5:45 p.m., detective special operations unit (DSOU) agents were conducting a buy-bust, reported Inquirer. However, the PNP officers did not know that they were transacting with PDEA agents.
The PNP claimed that it was the PDEA that made the first shot.
PNP noted that there will be a joint probe, which will be led by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).
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The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is the lead anti-drug law enforcement agency. It is responsible for the prevention, investigation and combating any form of dangerous drugs, controlled precursors and essential chemicals within the Philippines.
There are many issues involving the PDEA or the PNP. On January 4, General Debold Sinas told Secretary Eduardo Año that the Christine Dacera case is already solved. The statement has made headlines on social media since there are still nine suspects at large. Amid criticisms, the Philippine National Police provided an explanation regarding the “case solved” tag.
Relieved chief of police Ariel Buraga was given the chance to explain himself in an interview. He said that he only wanted to emphasize the need to respect police officers. According to him, he saw in the video that it was Sonya Gregorio’s disrespect that triggered the shooting incident. The relieved chief of police said that he accepts the consequence of what he did.
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