Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros on Thursday expressed hopes that the Board of Inquiry formed by the Philippine National Police (PNP) would get to the bottom of ‘’traumatic, misencounter’’ between the lawmen belonging to the PNP and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
This, as Hontiveros said she is set to file a resolution, in aid of legislation, to conduct a Senate investigation on the recent ‘misencounter’ between the law enforcement agencies on Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon city late Wednesday afternoon.
“We need to look into this further. It is very alarming that this is not the first time that such a ‘misencounter’ has happened. The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) did admit that this has happened numerous times. These ‘misencounters’ should be rare, not common,” Hontiveros said.
The Quezon city shooting incident led to the killing of two policemen. A third person was also reported killed.
According to the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Station 6, the QCPD’s District Special Operations Unit (DSUO) conducted a buy-bust operation near Ever Gotesco Mall.
However, the DSOU officers were not aware that they were transacting with PDEA’s Special Enforcement Service (SES) agents.
“How could this have happened, at all, in the first place? Why did the shootout take place for as long as an hour? Hindi ba pwedeng magkalinawan (shouldn’t this be cleared up), even within the first few minutes, that a misencounter breaks out?” the lady senator asked.
“There was a dramatic lack of coordination between the PNP and PDEA. Someone somewhere must have been grossly negligent. Ang laki ng intelligence funds nila pareho pero ganyan ang nangyar (both agencies have so much intelligence funds),” Hontiveros said, citing that for the year 2021, the PNP has an intelligence fund of P856 million while PDEA has P500 million.]
“The (PNP) Board of Inquiry will have to tell the public the full and true story as they can discover it, including kung nasaan yung nile-legitimate anti-drug operation or nasaan yung bina-buy bust operation. Sino sila? All those details are needed just to put the public’s mind and heart at rest about the very dramatic and traumatic ‘misencounter’ that happened last night,” Hontiveros added.