FORMER Philippine National Police chief-turned Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa and PNP chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde on Friday congratulated the PNP Drug Enforcement Group for their accomplishments in the war on drugs over the past two years amid their fervent prayers there would be no more repeat of the infamous Jee-Ick-Joo killing which rocked the country and triggered the abolition of the PNP-DEG predecessor, then known as the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group in 2017.
“I hope and pray there won’t be another Jee-Ick-Joo case in the country,” said Sen. dela Rosa in referring to the case of the Korean businessman who, along with his house helper, was kidnapped by a group of rogue policemen from the PNP-AIDG in Angeles City in Pampanga on October 18, 2016.
The kidnappers strangled the Korean national to death near the PNP-AIDG headquarters in Camp Crame on the same day and brought his remains in a Caloocan City funeral parlor where the victim was cremated and his ashes flushed down the toilet.
The incident triggered the arrest of several members of the PNP-AIDG led by then Superintendent Rafael Dumlao III and Senior Police Officer 3 Ricky Sta. Isabel and the abolition of the PNP-AIDG. Dela Rosa also submitted his courtesy resignation to President Duterte at that time but the latter turned it down.
Then Colonel Albert Ignatius D. Ferro, the director of the abolished PNP-AIDG eventually was designated as head of the PNP-DEG which marked its 2nd anniversary Friday..
“I would like to congratulate the PNP Drug Enforcement Group as they mark another year of police service today, July 12 under the stewardship of Police Brigadier General Albert Ignatius D. Ferro,” said Gen. Albayalde.
Apart from Sen. dela Rosa and Albayalde, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chair, Director General Aaron N. Aquino was also present in the anniversary celebration.
In his speech, Dela Rosa cited the major role being played by the PNP-DEG in peace and development thru its own battle against illegal drug trafficking and abuse and the need for the police force to fully collaborate with the PDEA in fighting drugs.
He added that he will be pushing for a much stronger version of the death penalty in the Senate in the coming days.
Gen. Albayalde said the PNP-DEG’s theme “Commitment and Unity Towards a Drug-free Community” speaks well of our noble role in attaining our vision to prevent and control crimes, particularly the proliferation of illegal drugs in our country.”
He also cited the accomplishments scored by the PNP-DEG over the past two years including the conviction of Mexican Horacio Hernandez Herrera, a member of the notorious Sinaloa Drug Cartel, for drug trafficking in the country and the arrest of 126 drug offenders including seven foreigners.
From January 2018 to last April, the unit was able to conduct 66 buy-bust operations, served eight search warrants and three warrants of arrest for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and helped conduct 41 interdiction operations across the country.
Its men also were involved in two marijuana eradication operations and one ‘ in flagrante delicto’ operation during the period which led in the arrest of 126 suspected drug personalities including seven foreign nationals.
The period also saw the death of six armed drug traffickers following clashes with PNP-DEG officers.
Ferro said they were also able to file 108 cases for violation of RA 9165 during the period wherein they seized nearly P755 million worth of prohibited drugs including 109 kilograms of shabu, 608 grams of high-grade marijuana, 4.19 grams of hashish, some 30ml of marijuana hashish oil and assorted drug paraphernalia.
Those operations also led in the recovery of six motor vehicles, 21 assorted high-powered firearms and 1,026 different live ammunition.