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Drugs, marked bills in PDEA-PNP shootout yet to be given to NBI


Four days after the shootout between the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said the drugs and the marked money from the failed anti-drug operation had yet to be turned over.

The NBI is now in close coordination with both the PNP and the PDEA for more evidence to be surrendered, according to a report on GMA's "24 Oras Weekend" on Sunday.

Two police officers, a PDEA agent, and an informant were killed in the shootout during an anti-drug operation in Quezon City along Commonwealth Avenue last week.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday ordered the NBI to look into the events that led to the shootout, with the PDEA agents claiming that they were only cooling the engine of an overheated sedan when two armed men shot their informant who was working on a buy-bust operation.

In the same report on Sunday, NBI spokesperson deputy director Ferdinand Lavin was cited as saying that the agency recovered a slug from the left arm of the PDEA agent who was killed in the misenconter. — Jon Viktor Cabuenas/DVM, GMA News

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