NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office director Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar yesterday called on his officers and men to remain focused in carrying out their day-to-day duty to keep Metro Manila safe despite the controversy rocking the Philippine National Police over the involvement of ninja cops in highly-irregular anti-drug operations.
“I would like to remind each and every one that we should not be distracted by this. This should not affect our campaign against criminality and illegal drugs because we have a lot of work to do,” the Metro Manila police director said.
Although the NCRPO also had its share of rogue cops particularly those involved in the war on drugs, Eleazar said that “the allegations against the PNP should not affect our campaign against criminality and illegal drugs and we should continue our job and show to criminal elements that we remain focused on our job of relentlessly running after them to give them no chance at all.”
The official said that the current dilemma facing the PNP specifically PNP chief, General Oscar D. Albayalde is the “very reason why I am doing perpetual meeting and visitation with as many NCRPO personnel as possible to boost their morale and continue their law enforcement duties .”
Last Friday, he visited the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City and talked with new Bureau of Corrections Director Gerald Bantag who is also implementing a holistic approach to arrest the problems at the national penitentiary including proliferation of drugs and rogues in uniform who are abetting illicit drug activities in the area.
Bantag has ordered the relief of at least 300 BuCor guards shortly after he took over the department. He also requested the deployment of NCRPO members to the NBP. Eleazar said that more than 500 NCRPO personnel will be sent to help secure the facility.