Cagayan, Philippines — With the just recently concluded simultaneous exercises of drug-sniffing dogs in seaports and public terminals, the deployment of narcotics detection dogs would soon be a regular operation in said areas around the country.
In Region II, the said exercise was piloted at the Victory Liner Bus Terminal in Caggay, Tuguegarao in Cagayan Valley on October 22, where the K9 dogs demonstrated their ability to determine the presence of contrabands inside the luggage and packages.
Police Colonel Pedro Martirez, Chief of the Regional Drug Enforcement Unit 2 during a live interview with the Police Regional Office 2 – Public Information Office, informed that there are 11 K9 dogs being used in Region 2. He said that these dogs are deployed in the different provinces on a rotation basis and that they are being based randomly at checkpoints and other areas so that the intelligence operation won’t be patterned.
Martirez said that with the launching of the deployment of K9 dogs in seaports and public terminals, this is going to be a regular activity in the said areas to intercept illegal drugs being transported to the region.
“Yun yung plano natin, simultaneously kaya nga ni-launch na natin ito and through the coming days gagawin namin baka nga hindi na lang sa bus terminal, mage-extend tayo. Mag-expand tayo sa mga malls,” he added.
The Regional Drug Enforcement Unit 2 Chief that the dogs will mostly be deployed in areas where there are drug cases.
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