THE Philippine National Police organization is unaffected by allegations some of its men dubbed ninja cops are reselling illegal drugs, PNP spokesman Brigadier General Bernard M. Banac said yesterday dismissing perception that the 195,000-strong police force has been demoralized by the controversy affecting their leader.
In a statement, he also described embattled PNP chief General Oscar D. Albayalde as an “excellent leader.”
“This is not affecting our law enforcement operations, including the campaign against lllegal drugs and our campaign against our own colleagues,” the PNP spokesperson told an ANC interview.
“Gen. Albayalde has been an excellent leader and he continuously inspires the whole Philippine National Police, especially the campaign against illegal drugs under the Duterte administration,” Banac said.
“We have seen a lot of rogue cops who have been arrested, incarcerated and dismissed from the service under his leadership,” he added.
Banac said that despite the controversy, all police units nationwide remain dedicated in their job to keep the streets safe 24/7, going all-out against all forms of criminality including illegal drug trafficking and abuse and all kinds of street crimes.
The PNP spokesperson issued the statement amid observations that many friends and supporters of Gen. Albayalde have already abandoned him as a result of the ‘Ninja Cops’ controversy.
There has been no statement of support from police generals who have been designated by Gen. Albayalde to key PNP positions unlike in the past when the PNP Officers Corps rallied behind a number of PNP chiefs who also got embroiled in major controversies triggered by controversial police anti-crime operations.