THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Group marks its 1st founding anniversary today with former PNP chief-turned Bureau of Corrections Director General Ronald M. dela Rosa -- the official who started the PNP’s major war on drugs before turning over the job to his classmate from Philippine Military Academy ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde last April -- as its guest of honor and speaker.
Dela Rosa, along with PNP-DEG director, Chief Superintendent Albert Ignatius D. Ferro of PMA Class 1989 will lead the anniversary of the unit which so far has already seized over P2.840 billion worth of shabu and other dangerous drugs apart from arresting over 140 major drug personalities including 25 foreign nationals and killing three heavily-armed drug traffickers in shootouts.
The PNP-DEG was also responsible for the conduct of 21 negation operations which led in the confiscation of 24 assorted firearms, 1,016 various live ammunition and the filing of 27 cases for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2013 since last year.
Since last year, the PNP’s main anti-narcotics unit have accounted for 30,575.92 grams of shabu; 22.80 grams of the designer drug called ‘Ecstasy’ and 962 pieces of ‘Ecstasy’ tablets. The total value of dangerous drugs seized by the PNP-DEG was valued at P154.4 million.
However, since July 1, 2016 to date, the PNP-DEG which used to be known as the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Unit has accounted for nearly P2.9 billion worth of drugs including shabu, cocaine, liquid cocaine, marijuana, Ecstasy and Ephedrine which is a major shabu precursor.
Top PNP-DEG awardees -- the so-called ‘unsung heroes’ in the government’s war on drugs who will be feted today at the PNP Multi-Purpose Center in Camp Crame are Supt. Rodolfo S. Gonzales, Chief Inspector Ramonita B. Pajanostan, Senior Inspector Michael Angelo S. Salmingo, Inspector Leah DM David, SPO4 Leonardo G. Taldo, SPO2 Jerry E. Barit, PO3 Catherine D. Cabiles, PO2 Joel S. Soliva, SPO3 Angelito A. Aguilan and Non-Uniformed Personnel Patrick P. Aguipo.
Others to be honored for their contribution in the war on drugs are the PNP-DEG Special Operations Unit 3, the Regional Police Drug enforcement Unit 12, the Camarines Sur Police Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit, the Cebu City Police Drug Enforcement Unit and the Santiago City Drug Enforcement Unit in Isabela.
Plaques of recognition will also be given to Supt. Glenn D. Mayam, SPO4 Alejandro Gerardo R. Liwanag, Director Ismael G. Fajardo Jr. of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Judge Reynaldo A. Alhambra of the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 54, Judge Marilou D. Ruñes-Tamang of the Quezon City RTC Branch 98, Department of Justice Prosecutors Juan Pedro C. Navera and Rose Anne G. Elepano-Balauag, Attorney Enrique Chen of the Taiwan Economic Cooperation Office’s Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau in Manila, United States Drug Enforcement Administration Country Attaché Mark O. Juvrud, TECO Police Attaché in Manila, Colonel Jerry Chih-Yung Wang, Mr. Arthur Yang of the Taiwan Coast Guard and the PNP-DEG Advisory Council.
A Loyalty Award will also be given to Supt. Beatriz S. Lising, SPO3 Manuel E. Tuliao and NUP Ramonita C. Umadhay.
The PNP DEG has a built-in Counter-Intelligence Section embedded in its intelligence division to provide a fully-functional internal disciplinary mechanism against possible irregularities, lapses and abuses.
It shall also have its own Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) and K-9 Units for tactical support including provisions for creation of additional operating units and upgrading of personnel strength.
Then PNP chief Gen. dela Rosa ordered the recruitment of police officers and men with solid integrity and unquestionable background to avoid a repeat of the embarrassing case which triggered the abolition of the PNP-AIDG then headed by Ferro.
He was referring to involvement of two personnel of the PNP-AIDG , now jailed Supt. Raphael Dumlao and Senior Police Officer 3 Ricky Sta. Isabel in the abduction and murder of Korean Jee Ick-joo right inside the PNP national headquarters in Camp Crame on October 18, 2016 to the consternation of majority of AIDG officers and men who have worked well since 2002 to smash secret drug labs and storage facilities and capture notorious drug lords in the country.