PHILIPPINE National Police investigators are working double time to investigate the policemen and local government officials named by President Duterte as “drug protectors and traffickers” last Sunday as the PNP leadership warned that those who have failed to turn themselves in at Camp Crame will be facing criminal and administrative charges.
PNP spokesman Senior Superintendent Dionardo B. Carlos said the PNP Internal Affairs Service has been instructed by PNP chief, Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. de la Rosa to get the side of all 98 police officers and men in the President’s drug list. The PNP spokesperson said the PNP-IAS headed by Chief Supt. Leo Angelo Leuterio will determine if there is really basis to file administrative charges against the accused.
Those named by President Duterte were also transferred to PNP personnel holding units so they can be accounted for daily.
“Those who have defied the order of our Commander-in-Chief to surrender to Gen. de la Rosa will be asked to explain their failure to report within 24 hours as ordered. After 11 days of failure to report, they will be placed under AWOL status and will be charged administratively,” Carlos said.
Carlos however admitted that some of those in the list were already retired while others have been dismissed from the force for various offenses. He said that 36 officers and men who yielded to Gen. de la Rosa last Monday have been told to undergo a mandatory drug test.
Those who are assigned as “bodyguards” of mayors named in the President’s list will be subjected to a “debriefing” by PNP investigators to determine what they know about the illegal activities of the VIPs.
Carlos said the immediate superiors of the accused policemen who will fail to account for them immediately shall be sanctioned. “However, due process is being observed here with due notices being given to those who failed to hear the President’s statement since they are in the provinces,” he said.
“Yung walang tinatago ay tiyak na matapang na haharapin ang aming mga imbestigador,” he said while adding that many have already denied involvement in drugs and vowed to fully cooperate with the ongoing PNP investigation.
GENERAL DENIALS DISAPPOINT PNP ANTI-DRUG INVESTIGATORS
The majority of local government officials who presented themselves to Gen. de la Rosa after being named by President Duterte in his drug list merely issued blanket denials before investigators from the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.
The general denials disappointed senior PNP officials led by Gen. de la Rosa and PNP-CIDG director, Chief Supt. Roel B. Obusan, a lawyer who supervised the taking of the statements of the mayors and other personalities in the President’s list last Monday.
“I’m sad to state that most of the mayors and all others that were subjected to investigation gave general denials on their participation and on the proliferation of drugs in their respective areas of responsibilities,” the classmate of Gen. de la Rosa from Philippine Military Academy ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986 said.
Obusan said they are surprised by the claims of the local officials that they have no knowledge of any illegal drug activities in their areas. An angry Gen. de la Rosa has ordered the recall of policemen assigned as security protection to the officials.
“They are the chairmen of the MADACs (short for Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Councils) in their areas and at the same time chairmen of the local peace and order councils who have full supervision over the local police and how come they are saying na ‘wala kaming alam,” the PNP-CIDG director said.