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Two dead, 3 wounded in shootout between cops, PDEA agents

Paula Antolin

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Philippine Red Cross emergency responders attend to injured agents at the shootout scene. (PRC)

Two members of the Quezon City Police District Special Operations Unit (QCPD-SOU) were killed and three other agents were wounded in a shootout with Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency agents during a buy-bust operation involving the two groups in Quezon City Wednesday afternoon.

An initial report from the Batasan Police Station 6 indicated that the “misencounter” happened at the parking area of the McDonald’s restaurant beside the Ever Gotesco Mall along Commonwealth Avenue, Brgy. Batasan Hills, Quezon City around 5:45 p.m.

According to the report, a buy-bust operation was conducted by the QCPD-SOU agents who apparently did not know that the people they were transacting with were PDEA agents.

PDEA agents reportedly opened fire prompting the police to fire back.

The injured QCPD-SOU agents were identified as PLt. Ronnie Ereno, PCpl. Lauro de Guzman and PCpl Galvin Eric Garado. They were taken to a hospital for treatment.

Police Major General Vicente Danao Jr., chief of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), confirmed that three officers were wounded.

QCPD Director Macerin has yet to report on the condition of the three hospitalized officers and the identities of the fatalities.

The QCPD claimed that its agents properly coordinated the buy-bust operation and had the necessary papers.

PDEA Director Derrick Careon also claimed that their operation was legitimate.

The Philippine National Police Public Information Office released a statement saying that a joint PNP-PDEA Board of Inquiry will be formed to determine what transpired and who should be held liable from the incident.

PNP Chief, Police General Debold Sinas, appointed the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group as the lead investigating body while the regional director of the NCRPO has been designated to speak on any updates from the PNP in order to keep the public updated with accurate and relevant information.

The PNP and PDEA both agreed and assured the public that the incident, while serious, will in no way affect the continuing operational relationship and coordination they have long firmed up in the fight against illegal drugs. With Kristina Maralit

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