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PRESS RELEASE: #024/21

DATE:     September  7, 2021

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) commits to cooperate in the legal process and exhaust all legal remedies available relative to the filing of cases against the members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the PDEA who were involved in a misencounter last February 24, 2021.

PDEA Director General Wilkins M Villanueva considers the filing of cases as an opportunity to answer all allegations against both parties. This also allows the legal process to ensue and ultimately determine the accountability of those involved and eventually obtain justice.

Earlier on June 29, 2021, PDEA filed separate charges against the members of the PNP who were involved in the unfortunate incident that resulted in the untimely demise of Agent Rankin Gano and the mauling of several PDEA agents.

DG Villanueva assures the public that this will not hinder the national anti-drug campaign.

PDEA and the PNP maintain its strong partnership and collaboration in fighting criminality and illegal drugs across the nation.

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