The Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (COCPO) has dissolved its anti-illegal drug unit in compliance to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s mandate to allow the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to handle all the operations of the government against illegal drugs.
In an article from Sunstar Cagayan de Oro, COCPO Spokesperson Chief Inspector Mardy Hortillosa II said that the City Drug Enforcement Unit (CDEU) to set aside all future plans of drug bust operations, entrapment operations, and implementation of warrants. Likewise, all 14 of the CDEU operatives have been reassigned to other departments.
Hortillosa added that if there is any directive ordering the CDEU operatives to gather information on drug-related activities, they will resume operation but since there isn’t any as of the meantime, there will be no operation to be conducted by CDEU.
As a result of the CDEU’s dissolution, PDEA Northern Mindanao will be taking over of all the records of drug personalities and their illegal activities previously handled by CDEU.
Hortillosa said that the police will now just put their concentration on the anti-criminality and anti-terrorism campaign and the implementation of the Enhanced Managing Police Operations.
On the other hand, COCPO Chief Senior Superintendent Robert Roy Bahian said that their office will still back the efforts of the PDEA.