PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has slammed the reported recycling of seized illegal drugs by some police officers.
Duterte said police officers who engage in the practice should be killed.
“‘Yang recycle na sinasabi, pu******* patayin mo talaga lahat ng pulis na crooked,” Duterte said in a speech during the oath-taking of newly appointed government officials in Malacañang.
Duterte issued the statement after Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Aaron Aquino said “recycling” of seized illegal drugs by law enforcers remains “rampant.”
Duterte’s presidency has been marred with allegations of violations of human rights as he enforced a brutal war on drugs since assuming office in 2016.
Aquino’s revelation has raised doubts about the success of Duterte’s drug war.
But National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar disputed Aquino’s claim, noting that there could only be “isolated and limited” cases of drug recycling in Metro Manila.
However, Duterte backed Aquino, saying that policemen recycling drugs really exist.
The President also admitted that drug trade in Metro Manila was being controlled by inmates.
“Everybody who has been there (BuCor) to manage, hirap na hirap,” he said.
The Philippine National Police headed by General Oscar D. Albayalde yesterday fully agreed with President Duterte’s call for much heavier penalties against any policemen who will be found to be “recycling” drug evidence.
‘’The Philippine National Police supports the desire of President Rodrigo Duterte to impose stiffer sanctions against PNP members found to be engaged in recycling of drug evidence.
“Pilferage and recycling of drug evidence by members of law enforcement is certainly worse than the crime committed by drug traffickers and therefore should be treated differently, possibly with stiffer punishment,” said PNP spokesman Brigadier General Bernard M. Banac in a press statement.
According to the PNP spokesperson, the PNP observes rigid rules and procedures to ensure fidelity in the custody of evidence that will be used to prosecute drug suspects.
“Utmost transparency and accountability is observed in all police operations. As a matter of procedure, anti-drug operations are carried out with proper coordination with proper authorities and agencies,” he added.
Gen. Albayalde likewise assured the public that “we are dead serious in our campaign on internal cleansing and that anytime that suspects whether policemen or not, resist violently especially with the use of deadly weapon, the police will also use the necessary force to contain or suppress the risk and threat.”
“The PNP’s campaign on internal cleansing will remain relentless and we will not stop until all rogue cops are weeded out of our organization. We urge the public to report any wrongdoing of our cops,” Banac said.
The PNP earlier agreed with Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chair Director General Aaron N. Aquino that rogue law enforcement officers including some from the police force are still engage in illicit drug activities.