PDEA, PNP set up by drug syndicate?

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    JUSTICE Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday said the National Bureau of Investigation is looking at the possibility that the PNP and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency were set up by a drug syndicate, resulting to last month’s misencounter in Quezon City that left two cops, one PDEA agent and a PDEA informant dead.

    “Malayo na ang narating ng NBI sa kanilang pagsisiyasat but sa ngayon wala pa tayong very definite conclusion na makukuha dahil di pa naman tapos ang

    imbestigasyon.Ginagawa nilang masusi ang imbestigasyon kasi napakasensentive ito,” Guevarra told radio DZBB.

    “So sila kaya ay na-set up ng ibang tao, mga ibang grupo na may kinalaman sa droga kaya sila nagkaroon ng misencounter? ‘Yan ang mga bagay na masusing tinitingnan ng NBI,” he added.

    Guevarra said NBI probers have gathered evidence at the encounter site, including footage taken by close circuit television cameras and statements from civilian witnesses and the PNP and PDEA operatives who figured in the incident.

    “Right now, they are conducting forensic examination on the cellular phones and other pieces of evidence gathered,” he said.

    But Guevarra said the NBI needs ample time to conduct and complete its probe.

    Guevarra had earlier said the NBI will leave no stone unturned in its investigation.

    Aside from focusing on the criminal aspect of the incident, Guevarra said the NBI can also recommend administrative cases if the evidence warrants.