PHILIPPINE National Police chief General Oscar D. Albayalde is ready anytime to face and answer questions from senators conducting a hearing on so-called “ninja cops” or rogue anti-narcotics cops involved in “recycling” of confiscated drugs, his spokesman said yesterday.
“Nakahanda si PNP chief Police General Oscar Albayalde na humarap sa pagdinig ng Senado para bigyan ng linaw ang isyu na diumanoy mayroon pa ring mga tiwaling pulis na pinaghihinalaang may kaugnayan sa iligal na droga,” said PNP spokesman Brigadier General Bernard M. Banac in a statement.
Banac also said that Gen. Albayalde had maintained that “the PNP’s internal cleansing will be relentless and will continue on until all rogue cops especially those involved in illegal drugs will be weeded out from the service and charged in court.”
He added that Gen. Albayalde purposely established the PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group or PNP-IMEG headed by Colonel Romeo M. Caramat Jr. “to run after these police officers who have no place in the PNP.”
Senator Richard Gordon, chair of the Senate Blue Ribbon committee had said that the PNP chief will be invited to appear before the next Senate hearing on rogue cops.
GOOD POLICEMEN AGREE: ‘NINJA COPS’ MUST BE NEUTRALIZED
Police officers and men who have been proudly performing their sworn job “to serve and protect” have aired their full support behind the government’s move to account for “ninja cops” and other rogues in uniform who have brought shame and scandal to the PNP while enriching themselves in office with their “agaw-bato,” “recycling of drugs,” “hulidap” and “bangketa” activities since the 90s.
On Wednesday, President Duterte issued a threat to the rogues in uniform whom he said will not get away with their crime. He issued the statement in the wake of former PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group director-turned Baguio City Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong’s Senate revelations.
Since the start of the Duterte presidency, eight identified “Ninja Cops” have been shot dead by unidentified motorcycle-riding assassins. Another was killed following a shootout with the police; two have been dismissed; two are AWOL; two are retired and one is under detention.
Those killed include a police major, a captain, a lieutenant, a retired chief master sergeant, a master sergeant, two corporals and two patrolmen. 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.
Banac said that the “ninja cops” are currently under close watch’ with intelligence units building up solid cases needed to prosecute and jail them on orders of General Albayalde.