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PDEA-7 operatives accused of harassment

First Posted 15:04:00 09/11/2009

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A resort owner yesteday went to the police and executed an affidavit accusing agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Visayas (PDEA-7) of harassing his workers.

Glenn Ygay, owner of Ygay Beach Resort in barangay Tajao, Pinamungahan town, southwest Cebu, said PDEA-7 agents pointed their guns at his workers when they went to the beach looking for a group of people whom they suspected as fake PDEA-7 agents.

Senior Supt. Patrocinio Comendador Jr., chief of the Cebu City Police Office, earlier said they were planning to file charges against some PDEA-7 agents who allegedly harassed his men, who went to the beach to celebrate last Saturday after winning a shooting a competition.

Senior Insp. Sarah Jane Recla, who was with the group of policemen, said they were already in their cottage when the PDEA-7 agents arrived.

Recla said they were surprised when they saw their things inside their vehicle in disarray after it was searched by the PDEA-7 agents.

Ygay, who went to the office of the Criminal Investigation and Detective Management along with his wife and a 17-year-old worker, said PDEA-7 agents woke up his workers with the use of their long firearms when they arrived in the beach past 2 a.m. Sunday.

PDEA-7 spokesman Jessie Tabanao denied Ygay's accusations.

He also denied that PDEA-7 searched the vehicle of the policemen.

Tabanao said some PDEA-7 agents and Pinamungahan police went to the beach after receiving report that a group of men in PDEA-7 uniforms was spotted in the beach.

PDEA-7 suspected that the group of men was the fake PDEA agents who were involved in unauthorized drugs raids using the agency's name.

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