INTERIOR Secretary Ismael Sueno yesterday instructed the National Police Commission (Napolcom) to investigate the policemen tagged as protectors of Kerwin Espinosa’s illegal drug trade.
During the Senate hearing Wednesday Espinosa named at least five police officials who received “SOP” through weekly or monthly basis.
Among those mentioned were Chief Insp. Leo Laraga of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) – Region 8, Supt. Marvin Marcos, CIDG-Region 8 head, Chief Insp. Wilfredo Abordo, P03 Dennis Torrefiel and a certain General Dolina also of Region 8.
“This is a serious matter, and it is incumbent upon the DILG through the Napolcom being the overseer of the PNP to immediately look into and check the veracity of the allegations against our ranking police officers,” Sueno said.
The DILG chief said he fully supports the Senate probe led by Senator Panfilo Lacson saying it will eventually shed light on the alleged involvement of some police officers and local officials in the illegal drug trade.
Sueno, however, said he believed that only a handful of police officers are really involved in the drug trade, and “those rotten eggs do not define the whole PNP organization which lives by the ideals of service, integrity and discipline.”
PNP Chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa has already put on floating status and confined at the Personnel and Holding and Accounting Unit in Camp Crame the officers that were identified by Espinosa during the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs hearing.
The PNP-Internal Affairs Service (IAS) is also conducting its own investigation into the police officers’ alleged involvement in drugs.