PHILIPPINE National Police chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde yesterday ordered the administrative relief of a Navotas police-community precinct commander and two of his intelligence men for failing to monitor and take action on suspected drug dens at the local fish port which was raided last week by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.
Relieved from their posts were Inspector Randy Descalzo, the head of the Navotas Police-Community Precinct 3 and his men, Police Officer 3 Randy Belly and Police Officer 1 Jejomar Padasas.
Gen. Albayalde said the three have no reason to stay in their posts anymore amid their failure to monitor rampant illegal drug activities in Barangay North Boulevard in Navotas which was raided by the PDEA last January 16.
The raid led in the arrest of two notorious drug personalities and the rescue of 12 minors, the eldest of them 15 years old and the youngest only 4 years old.
Gen. Albayalde said that it is very unlikely that the sacked policemen have no prior knowledge of illegal drug activities in Bgy. North Boulevard but did nothing to arrest it.
“If that has been happening to your area for so many years I cannot accept any excuse on that,” he said.
PDEA chair, Director General Aaron N. Aquino said they are set to file criminal charges for child abuse and neglect against the parents of the rescued minors since he is fully convinced that the concerned parents are liable for violation of Republic Act 7610, or the “Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.”
Aquino said that parents who will be proven to have coerced, forced or intimidated their children to be involved in illegal drug trafficking or pushing will also be held responsible under Section 10 para (e) of RA 7610.
If found guilty, they will suffer the penalty of prision mayor in its minimum period -- an imprisonment of six years and one day to eight years.
Last January 16, agents of the PDEA Special Enforcement Service conducted an “Oplan Sagip Bata” (Operation Plan “Save the Children”), a high-impact anti-drug and rescue operation on two notorious drug dens in the area.
Aquino said that based on actual video surveillance footage, the rescued minors were used by the arrested suspects and their ilk as either runners, pushers, or drug den maintainers, and were even shown facilitating and participating in the pot sessions.
The official said that when the children were taken into custody, all procedures in accordance with the provisions of Republic Act 9344, or the “Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006” were observed by his men. The minors were properly fed, cleaned up and counseled by government social workers.