AGENTS of the Philippine National Police Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (PNP-IMEG) late evening Monday arrested a 41-year-old shabu-sniffing cop shortly after he sold drugs to an undercover officer in Muntinlupa City, PNP chief, General Oscar D. Albayalde announced yesterday.
The PNP chief identified the suspect as Patrolman Leo D. Valdez, a member of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion of the National Capital Region Police Office detailed at the PNP National Operations Center who was arrested in a sting along Marquez Compound in PNR Site, Barangay Putatan, Muntinlupa City at 10:05 p.m. Monday by members of the PNP-IMEG headed by Colonel Romeo M. Caramat Jr.
According to the country’s top cop, the rogue policeman was placed under arrest by members of the PNP-IMEG and the PNP Intelligence Group under Brigadier General Edgar S. Monsalve after he sold P1,000 worth of shabu to an undercover officer. Also recovered from his possession were four heat-sealed plastic sachets containing the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine.’
“The operation stemmed from an intelligence packet developed by IMEG based from various reports on the rampant involvement of subject police non-commissioned officer in drug pushing and use of shabu in the area,” said Gen. Albayalde.
“Pulis ka nagsha-shabu ka, tapos sasabihin ng mga katulad mo pinapahiya namin sila. Ang tanong ko, sino ang pinapahiya ng mga pulis na katulad mo,” an angry Gen. Albayalde asked Pat. Valdez as he showed him the actual video of him sniffing shabu with several companions.
The PNP chief ordered Caramat to go after the drug-sniffing companions of Valdez and spare nobody even if they are policemen. “I want this Valdez and his ilk dismissed as soon as possible. I tell you, you will be jailed for a very long time too,” he told the suspect who was arrested by PNP-IMEG and PNP-IG agents in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Muntinlupa City Police Station.
Caramat said their validation revealed that Pat. Valdez has long been involved in illegal drugs. “He entered the PNP in 2007 but went on AWOL (Absent Without Official Leave) status in 2014 due to alleged use of illegal drugs. However, he was restored in the service in 2017 and is presently assigned at the NCRPO-RMFB,” the official said.
Caramat said the suspect was also recorded on video sniffing shabu on two occasions by one of their informants triggering the operation.
With Zaida Delos Reyes