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NBI to dig deeper on PNP, PDEA case

Alvin Murcia

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The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will be conducting full forensic investigation on the mis-encounter between operatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Quezon City that resulted in the death of five persons.

This was according to NBI deputy director and spokesman Ferdinand Lavin in connection with the directive of NBI officer-in-charge Eric Distor.

According to him, all angles will be looked into, meaning the scope of the investigation of the bureau will be broad.

Lavin said that it will also come to a point that they might recommend some improvements in the existing protocols in connection with the conduct of anti-illegal drugs operation.

“We might recommend some improvements in the existing protocols and procedures, revisit policies on matters of coordination up to tactical and operational levels in the operation against illegal drugs,” he explained.

This as the NBI requested both the PNP and PDEA to turn over to the agency all the pieces of evidence regarding the case, including witnesses that the two camps might have under their custody.
Lavin said these will be vital in the conduct of the NBI’s investigation on the case presented to the agency.

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