Task Force Cocaine formed

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

ACTING City Mayor Paolo Duterte created a task force to neutralize illegal drug-related activities within Davao City.

"The intendment of this issuance is to consolidate the forces of government and to strengthen the campaign against importation, exportation and transshipment of cocaine and other illegal drugs in the City of Davao," Duterte said in his Executive Order No. 17, series of 2014, dated March 27.

The Task Force is headed by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Davao Region (Pdea 11) director Emerson Rosales.


Its members include: Davao City Police Office (DCPO) chief Vicente Danao Jr., and heads of the DCPO-Investigation and Detection Management Branch, Eastern Mindanao- Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit, customs police of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) 11, BOC-Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service, Philippine Coast Guard Eastern Mindanao, PNP Maritime Unit 11, Naval Intelligence and Security Group of the Philippine Navy, and National Intelligence Coordinating Agency.

The Task Force is "enjoined to immediately investigate, assess and take appropriate measures related to the cocaine discovered and confiscated at the Private Shipment Yard of Sumifru, Baranagya Tibungco, Bunawan, Davao City, such as but not limited to the retrieval of all missing cocaine, the the arrest and prosecution of all persons involved in the illegal activity," the EO reads.

The creation of EO No. 17 stemmed from the recent discovery on a new scheme of "cocaine smuggling" in the city, citing the incident inside the yard of Sumifru in Barangay Tibungco last March 22.

The Davao City Police Office (DCPO), Bunawan Police Station, and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Davao Region (PDEA) first recovered 24 bricks of high-grade cocaine weighing 25.968 kilograms inside a Maersk container van around 7 p.m. Saturday, March 22.

On Sunday, the authorities recovered 27 more bricks of cocaine, of which 23 were recovered at the back seat of the Fuso Trailer truck, while the four others were found at the top of the generator set power house.

Duterte said the Task Force Davao Cocaine and Other Illegal Drugs will "efficiently and effectively respond to the need of collaborating efforts of different units/agencies in the conduct of investigation."

"(It) calls for serious investigation and collaborative efforts among government agencies in order to counteract such illegal activity," Duterte said.

"The City of Davao strongly condemns any unlawful act committed within its jurisdiction, much more of any activity involving prohibited drugs and substances such as cocaine," the EO reads.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 01, 2014.

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