PNP presses drive vs cops on Duterte drug list

September 03, 2019
Oscar D. Albayalde

PHILIPPINE National Police counter-intelligence agents are targeting for neutralization of 391 police officers and men who remained on the drug watch list of President Duterte, PNP chief General Oscar D. Albayalde said yesterday.

The PNP chief said that originally, there were 854 policemen in the President’s list of “narco-policemen” but as of yesterday, only 391 of them are still the target of operations by the PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group headed by Colonel Romeo M. Caramat Jr. and other PNP counter-intelligence units.

PNP Deputy Director for Intelligence, Brigadier General Ferdinand O. Divina said that 441 policemen on the same list have either been declared as “inactive” for either being killed in shootouts with the police or having retired or suspended or resigned from the service. Others are already in jail or listed as missing.

Divina said that retired policemen on the list are already included in the list of civilian “high-value” targets.

The PNP chief ordered Caramat, the PNP Intelligence Group headed by Brig. Gen. Edgar S. Monsalve and the different PNP counter-intelligence divisions to step up their crackdown on rogues in police uniform following the arrest of Patrolman Leo D. Valdez, a shabu-sniffing cop shortly after he sold drugs to an undercover officer of the PNP-IMEG late evening Monday in Muntinlupa City.

The 41-year-old Valdez is a member of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion of the National Capital Region Police Office  detailed at the PNP National Operations Center .

Gen. Albayalde said that they have discovered that Valdez entered the police force in 2007 but was dismissed in 2014 due to alleged illegal drug use. He however was reinstated to the organization in 2017.

“I want to find out how this rogue cop managed to return to the police service. Gusto kong malaman kung sino ang tumulong sa kanya na makabalik sa serbisyo,” he said.