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Bato: PNP, PDEA ‘encounter’ set up by drug syndicates

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The supposed misencounter between operatives of the Philippines National Police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency might have been a play set up no less than by drug groups, said former PNP chief and now Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa.

The senator raised such a possibility during an interview Friday saying that an informant or asset of either of the two groups and has involvement in the illegal drug trade could have purposely confused the operatives.

“One of the unfortunate possibilities is they are being played by drug syndicates. They could have been set up to intentionally fight each other,” Dela Rosa said.

“It can also be that their informant or asset is part of a large syndicate,” he added.

Four persons — two PNP, a PDEA agent and a drug informant were killed in the shootout.

According to the initial report from the Batasan Police Station 6, the drug sting was conducted by the QCPD-SOU agents who apparently did not know that the people they were transacting with were PDEA agents.

Dela Rosa, who chairs the Senate Public Order and Dangerous Drugs Committee, earlier announced that the panel will launch an investigation on what transpired during the incident on Tuesday, 2 March.