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NegOr police ready to return to illegal drug ops

The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Negros Oriental is ready for its eventual return to the government’s anti-illegal drug campaign.

Acting PNP provincial director l Sr. Supt. Edwin Portento, on Tuesday, however, said that they have yet to receive the operational guidelines from the PNP national headquarters based in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

He believes that a directive will be on its way soon.

President Rodrigo Duterte had officially signed a memorandum order for the PNP to resume its operations against illegal drugs though the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) remains the lead agency.

Portento welcomed the latest development considering that PDEA in Negros Oriental is critically undermanned with only six personnel covering the entire province.

After the PNP was pulled out of the anti-drugs drive, the PDEA became the lead agency in addressing the menace but while the killings had dropped, there was a noted resurgence in the illegal narcotics trade.

Portento explained that they were coordinating with the PDEA by providing intelligence and other information on drug suspects.

“We are ready with the task, after all, we have the information.”

Mary Judaline Partlow / PNA