Duterte steps in on ‘ninja cops’ crisis

September 25, 2019
Richard Gordon

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte yesterday summoned Philippine National Police chief General Oscar D. Albayalde to Malacañang as the issue on ‘ninja cops’ sabotaging the government’s war on drugs continued to rage.  

Senator Richard Gordon on Wednesday confirmed that about a dozen police officers, most of them are incumbents, have been linked to the illegal drug trade.

The senator said the involvement of the cops was revealed during the executive session of the Senate committee on justice.

“Siguro mga isang dosena,” he added when asked how many police officials were involved.

“I think they are all active except for a couple,” Gordon further said.

The chairperson of Senate Blue Ribbon and Justice Committees, however declined to identify the policemen despite the go-signal given by the entire chamber to the panel to disclose the contents of the executive session.

But, he confirmed that he decided to send the records of the executive session first to President Rodrigo Duterte to make the announcement.

“Sya ang nag-appoint ng mga taong yan so he would make the announcement if he cares to,” he said.
Gen. Albayalde earlier said that the PNP supports the desire of President 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,” he explained.

Details of the meeting between the Commander-in-Chief and the country’s top cop were not immediately made available by Journal Group sources privy to the meeting. However, PNP spokesman, Brigadier General Bernard M. Banac said Gen Albayalde had made it clear that there would be an unrelenting drive against rogues in police uniform and other law enforcement and public officials directly or indirectly involved in illegal narcotics smuggling and trafficking.

On Tuesday, National Capital Region Police Office director, Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar met all 44 chiefs of different NCRPO Drug Enforcements Units at the NCRPO headquarters in Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City.

Eleazar said that his meeting with the 24 heads of NCRPO anti-narcotics units focused mainly on the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency’s statement that the proliferation of drugs was due to the recycling of shabu by the police as well as the presentation of the Drug Queen Link Diagram.

Eleazar earlier reported that eight identified ‘Ninja Cops’ or those involved in  ‘Bangketa/Hulidap’ operations and recycling of confiscated drug evidence have ended up dead in the hands of unidentified motorcycle-riding gunmen since the start of the Duterte administration.

Those killed include a police major, a captain, a lieutenant, a retired chief master sergeant, a master sergeant, two corporals  and two patrolman. Except for the police captain who was killed in a police entrapment operation, all the rest were shot dead by so-called ‘Riding-in-Tandem’ criminals.

With Marlon Purificacion