The chief of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) bravely challenged the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) to prove that there was a “sell-bust” in the shooting of their respective personnel on Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City last week.
In a report by Emil Sumangil on GMA News “24 Oras” on Tuesday, PDEA Chief Wilkins Villanueva said that he will resign when his staff is found to have carried out a “sell-bust.”
A “sell-bust” is the sale of drugs by government personnel that is considered illegal activities. This is the opposite of the “buy-bust” where operatives pretend to buy drugs to catch the suspect.
“Magpalabas kayo [pulis] ng ebidensiya ng CCTV na nagbenta ang PDEA [ng droga] at kayo ang bumili,” the PDEA chief insisted.
In a report, a GMA News source said that before the shooting, the police allegedly bought a kilo of shabu worth P6 million from the alleged PDEA asset.
According to the source, the police allegedly seized the purchased drugs but it is not clear if they recovered the marked money used to buy the drugs.
PDEA chief dares QCPD to prove their ‘asset’ sold shabu
But the PDEA insisted that they did not sell drugs and that they had a legitimate buy-bust operation in the area.
Earlier reports also said that a PDEA vehicle was damaged so they stopped in the parking lot near a mall.
According to CCTV footage, the alleged policeman approached and shot the PDEA’s fellow asset and that was the source of the shooting.
CCTV also showed that civilian PDEA agents have already identified themselves but they are still being shot at by the same civilian policemen who say there is also a legitimate buy-bust operation in the area.
According to Villanueva, they did not want to talk about the incident anymore because the National Bureau of Investigation is already conducting an investigation.
The PDEA chief, on the other hand, is confident that the truth will come out in the ongoing NBI investigation, which is also slowly emerging.