The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) assured its impartiality in the probe on the “misencounter” Wednesday night, Feb. 24, in Quezon City between the operatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) after the bureau’s designation by President Duterte as the sole agency to conduct the investigation.
“We will stand to the challenge as we always do,” said NBI Deputy Director Ferdinand M. Lavin on Friday night, Feb. 26.
“There is no question that with NBI Director Eric Distor at the helm of the Bureau, we will be able to do an impartial investigation into the incident,” Lavin said.
Lavin said the office of the NBI’s National Capital Region (NBI-NCR) will conduct the investigation with the support of the other divisions of the agency.
He expressed the NBI’s gratitude to both the President and Department of Justice (DOJ) Menardo I. Guevarra “for their complete trust upon the NBI.”
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Friday, Feb. 26, announced that the President has designated the NBI as the sole agency which will conduct the investigation of the incident.
Roque said the President also directed the joint panel formed by the PNP and PDEA to halt their ongoing investigation.
The shootout in front of a restaurant in Quezon City resulted in the deaths of two policemen, a PDEA agent, and a PDEA informant as well as the wounding of other operatives from both agencies.
Immediately, the PNP and PDEA created a board of inquiry to conduct an investigation. The PNP said it has in its custody 10 policemen and seven PDEA agents who were involved in the incident.
Also immediately after the incident, Guevarra directed the NBI to conduct a parallel investigation.
The Senate and the House of Representatives have also announced their separate investigations in aid of legislation.