The President warns police officers involved in drugs not to be smug because ‘you will go ahead first’
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has warned police officers known as “ninja cops” for recycling seized illegal drugs that they would be the first to die if they continue with their illegal activities.
“But there are some people, like policemen, you have to beg then they arrest. At it again, and they sell drugs and they go scot-free and they think that they are the lords of this country,” Duterte said during Thursday’s corporate launching of a real estate developer.
“Well, I’m sorry to tell you, everybody dies in this world but you will go ahead first. Remember that,” he added.
Earlier, Senators Bong Go and Richard Gordon said the President would reveal the names of 22 “ninja cops” whom Baguio City Mayor and former chief of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) Benjamin Magalong identified in a Senate executive session.
Go, Duterte’s trusted aide, said the President has already ordered the cross-validation of the list of “ninja cops” and assured the public that once the President announces the names, it would be “100 percent sure.”
‘Trusted’ PNP chief
The President has not lost his trust in Philippine National Police chief General Oscar Alabyalde, Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said after the PNP head’s meeting with Duterte.
The commander-in-chief has summoned the PNP head following a former ranking police official’s revelation a “high-ranking official” was protecting 22 officers linked to drugs. He identified the alleged protector in a Senate executive session.
Albayalde’s integrity “is solid,” Panelo told a tv news channel.
“Given the fact that this man whose reputation has never been soiled and considering the fact that the President trusts him, then anything that will link him to any irregularity will be a black propaganda,” he told ANC.
“Unless you can introduce to me evidence that will disprove this reputation of the man, I’m not inclined to believe any of this tsismis (gossip).”
Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong was head of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group when in 2007 several members of the Pampanga police were accused of recycling drugs, but the charges were dismissed due to lack of evidence. Albayalde was then the chief of the Pampanga police.