PHILIPPINE National Police chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. de la Rosa yesterday appealed to the citizenry to help them catch rogues in uniform, particularly policemen who are involved in illegal drug trafficking and abuse.
Shortly after he took his oath of office as the 21st chief of the PNP, the tough-talking de la Rosa ordered cops in drugs particularly members of the so-called ‘Ninja Group’ to surrender within 48 hours or die in a shootout. His warning was immediately heeded by more than 30 police officers and men who reported to Camp Crame the next morning.
The PNP chief said they are embarking on a massive program ‘to eliminate scalawags in our ranks.’ “Kayong mga sindikato, tamad, bilang na ang araw niyo,” he said while announcing he will stop unscrupulous police officials from “enjoying their evil life” and even change the rogues’ birthday to November 2, a veiled warning that their days are numbered.
Yesterday, PNP spokesman Senior Superintendent Dionardo B. Carlos reiterated Gen. de la Rosa’s directive and called on the public to help them ferret out policemen protecting drug syndicates.
President Duterte has placed a P2 million bounty on the heads of police officers protecting drug traffickers and manufacturers.
“The PNP welcomes the reward offer of President Rodrigo Duterte for any information that will help uncover police personnel behind illegal drug activities,” Carlos said even as he urged all Filipinos to rally behind the ongoing crackdown against drug trafficking and abuse and help the PNP leadership cleanse its ranks.
Carlos assured all concerned citizens that their identities will be kept in utmost secrecy to protect them from possible reprisals from drug syndicates.
According to him, all pieces of information which may be sent to the PNP hotline 0917-8475757 are being thoroughly validated. The hotline is open round-the-clock with personnel manning the hotline office forwarding the information to concerned police offices and units for a thorough validation.
As of yesterday, PNP investigators are still continuing their investigation of policemen and local government officials named by President Duterte as drug protectors and traffickers.