PHILIPPINE National Police counter-intelligence agents are targeting for neutralization 391 police officers and men who remained included 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 on 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’ after either being killed in shootouts with the police or have 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 further step-up their crackdown against 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.
Caramat said the suspect was arrested after he sold P1,000 worth of shabu to an undercover officer. Also recovered from his possession were four heat-sealed plastic sachets containing the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine.’
Gen. Albayalde said that the PNP-IMEG went after the suspect amid reports regarding his rampant involvement in shabu pushing and abuse in his area. An informant managed to take a video of the rogue policeman while sniffing shabu on two occasions.
He 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.
Supposed to be, Gen. Albayalde said that policemen dismissed from the service for involvement in drugs cannot get a reinstatement. “They supposedly are banned from returning to the force,” he said. It was in 2016 when the Duterte government launched a massive war on drugs and specifically targeted rogues in uniform.
The PNP chief said that they will be checking if the suspect was reinstated thru a ruling issued by the Regional Appelate Board of the National Police Commission. “Me mga kaso na nareversed ang dismissal order ng mga tiwaling pulis ng RAB, complete with backpay pa,” he said.
He said that apparently, rogue policemen are taking advantage of the thing called ‘due process’ in filing a motion before the Napolcom’s RAB. “Me nasho-shortcut na proseso, me naooverlook sa rules at yun ang sinasamantala nila, the PNP chief said.