AN OFFICIAL of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Northern Mindanao admitted they were at fault in failing to file a case on time against a police officer and two others arrested in a sting operation in Barangay Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro City last December 9.
The failure to file a case against them resulted to their temporary release.
Rosemary Bajao, PDEA Norhtern Mindanao information officer, said Police Officer 2 (PO2) Nickarter Noay, a policeman assigned in the Kinoguitan Municipal Police Station in Misamis Oriental and Noay’s companions Rendon Sarita and Charlie Racaza were set free after PDEA operatives failed to file charges 36 hours after their arrest.
“Admitted nato naa gayud sayop sa pag-file. Una nagkulang ta sa tawo kay dunay mga gitambongan nga mga seminars and galakag gayud sa oras nga ma-file ang kaso,” Bajao said.
“Temporary release gayud sila sa korte kay kung dili maigo man pud ang PDEA sa arbitrary detention,” Bajao said.
Bajao said the PDEA operatives have already been directed to explain their failure to file the corresponding cases in court.
“First time ni nahitabo and ipa-explain gayud ang mga operatiba. Wala man pud tingali negligence sa part sa atong mga operatiba kay naningkamot man gayud sila to file first hour in the morning pero nilapas lang gayud,” Bajao said.
PDEA operatives had seized 30 grams of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu amounting to some P60,000, various drug paraphernalia, and a loaded handgun from the three at the time of their arrest.
Noay, Sarita, and Racaza are all residents of Libona, Bukidnon.
Misamis Oriental Provincial Police Office Chief Senior Superintendent Manuel Alvarez said Noay has not been reporting for duty and has been AWOL (absent without leave).
Alvarez said Noay would be facing possible administrative cases following his alleged drug involvement which may lead to his dismissal from service.
“Ang pulis mandakop dili kay mao na hinoon madakpan. Thrust sa PNP organization ang pagpakgang sa illegal drugs,” Alvarez said.