MANILA –The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday assured the PNP Drug Enforcement Group (PDEG) will have dedicated and professional personnel who will be working for the anti-drug campaign.
In a press conference in Camp Crame, Quezon City, PNP Public Information Office (PIO) chief and spokesman Senior Supt. Dionardo Carlos made the assurance as the PDEG is now in the organizational stage to have the necessary personnel.
The PDEG has personnel that are now looking for members.
However, Carlos said members of the defunct Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG) will not be included in the composition of personnel of the PDEG.
It can be recalled that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte abolished the AIDG following the alleged abduction in Angeles City, Pampanga and slaying of South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo inside Camp Crame on Oct. 18, 2016.
Aside from the anti-drug teams of the PDEG, Carlos said, they will have a counter-intelligence (CI) component, SWAT (special weapons and tactics team), K9 (bomb-sniffing dogs) and tactical units like the CITF (Counter-Intelligence Task Force) and SAF (Special Action Force) component.
Carlos added they (PDEG) may also scout for tactically-trained personnel so that they will be part of the PDEG.