The shootout that erupted between operatives of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) may have been two buy-bust operations that went wrong.
Wilkins Villanueva, PDEA director general, said in a joint press conference on Thursday with the Philippine National Police (PNP) that his agency and the PNP were on separate buy-bust missions that resulted in a “misencounter.”
“One thing I [can] tell you is that PDEA is doing a legitimate operation and police is doing a legitimate operation,” he said.
However, Villanueva went short of chastising media by saying journalists made interviews to find out if there was a “sell-bust” operation.
“This is what I’ve been saying. You (media) immediately did interviews,” he said.
Two policemen were killed in the shootout between anti-drug operatives of QCPD and PDEA on Wednesday night near a mall along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City.
Another policeman and three PDEA operatives were injured. The shootout happened at around 6:30 p.m. near the Ever Gotesco Mall located at Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City.
The “Sketchy Incident Report ” of Police Station 6 in Batasan Hills showed the QCPD’s District Special Operations Unit (DSOU) launched a buy-bust operation near the Ever Gotesco Mall.
However, the DSOU operatives were transacting with PDEA’s Special Enforcement Service (SES) agents.
“Allegedly during the (confrontation), PDEA agents first engaged to shot (sic) towards the PNP personnel, leaving no option [for police but] to fight back… [and which] resulted [in] series of injuries (sic) to both parties,” QCPD’s Station 6 said in the report.
PDEA claims its ant-drug operation near the mall was legitimate. SOVEREIGNPH