PNP, PDEA chiefs to tackle coordination in operations after 'another incident of miscommunication'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 15)— The heads of the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency are set to meet and tackle loopholes in coordination between the two agencies during anti-illegal drug operations.

PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar made the statement on Saturday, a day after officials of the Quezon City Police District's drug enforcement unit and PDEA agents figured in what he called "another incident of miscommunication" in operations.

"We will look into this issue beyond coordination concern, ano ba talaga ang problema why this issue keeps on recurring?" Eleazar said. "Kaya nga nag-schedule tayo ng meeting with Director General Wilkins Villanueva, kasama ang ibang concerned officers, para ito'y mapag-usapan at maayos na."

[Translation: We will look into this issue beyond coordination concern, what is the problem why this issue keeps on recurring? That's why we scheduled a meeting with Director General Wilkins Villanueva, together with concerned officers, so that this can be tackled and ironed out.]

Eleazar said Friday's encounter between PNP and PDEA operatives took place at the parking lot of a mall in Quezon City — affecting the supposed buy-bust operations of the two agencies.

"Fortunately inter-agency courtesy prevailed and timely communication averted a repeat of what happened last February along Commonwealth Avenue, also in Quezon City," Eleazar said, referring to the "misencounter" between PNP and PDEA operatives that left two police officers dead.

Eleazar also underscored the need to analyze and update the strategies in the anti-drug campaign, including improving intelligence-gathering.