The government anti-illegal drugs campaign will escalate as mandated as we seek justice for his death.
Dárlán Páléncìá Bárcélón
Legazpi City, [02.19.19] – “We consider the death of Agent Enrico Barba as an attack and an affront to anti-drug campaign in Bicol region, but we will not be moved as we will escalate our effort to give justice to our fallen comrade,” the PDEA Regional Director said in a statement this morning.
Regional Director II Christian O. Frivaldo told the local media during a press conference surrounding to the death of Enrico Barba, the Assistant Provincial Officer of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Provincial Office of Camarines Norte.
The investigation is being undertaken by the Philippine National Police and the National Police Investigation. Our regional office (PDEA Regional Office 5) will work fully with our counterparts to identify the perpetrators of this cowardly act which is considered as an attack and affront to the anti-drug endeavor of the Bicol region, Director Frivaldo explained.
Agent Barba went missing on Sunday (February 18), at 12:00 o’ clock after informing his PDEA Camarines Norte Provincial Officer Agent Vidal Bacolod that he is going to meet a PDEA asset that will provide details on the planned anti-illegal drugs operation, Frivaldo said.
The province of Camarines Norte is considered as one of the hotspots in Bicol region where the campaign against illegal drugs is notably tough thus making our lives dangerous, Frivaldo ended.
At 8:00 o’ clock in the evening of February 18, 2019, the lifeless body of Agent Barba was discovered dumped in a street gutter in Barangay Napolidan, Lupi, Camarines Sur.
Crime scene investigators have discovered that the victim’s hands tied and his mouth was covered with packaging tape. A wound on his head and on his body was discovered by the responding authorities suggesting a traumatic end.
One live ammunition for 9-millimeter caliber pistol and a deformed slug of still undetermined caliber was discovered in the crime scene.
Barba is the second PDEA agent who was assassinated in Bicol region.