THE Drug Enforcement Team (DET) of the police in Pangasinan stays despite the withdrawal of the Philippine National Police (PNP) from the war on drugs as ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Chief Inspector Norman Florentino, head of the police community relations (PCR) of the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office, said the DET will continue to gather intelligence information concerning illegal drugs and relay whatever they get to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
It is PDEA that will operate on illegal drugs, with the PNP extending its full assistance whenever it is requested, he added.
He said the PNP will now concentrate on crime prevention, particularly in running after criminals riding in tandem.
The police, Florentino said, will still support drug clearing operations in areas where drug personalities in the watch list have not yet been accounted for.
He said if there are illegal drugs seized in police checkpoints, they will inform PDEA about it.
Despite the pullout of PNP from the drug war, Senior Superintendent Ronald Lee, Pangasinan police director, remained confident that the Pangasinan police can meet their target to make the province drug-free by December this year.
To date, there are 48 barangays in 39 towns and cities of Pangasinan that have yet to be cleared of illegal drugs. (PNA)