MORE than 100 police officers and suspected drug lords, a number of them already serving time at the national penitentiary, have been monitored regularly making multi-million-peso shabu transactions, the Journal Group sources said yesterday.
The Philippine National Police personnel, some of them with the ranks of senior supts. and supts., are said to have been talking personally or on phones with notorious drug traffickers already at the New Bilibid Prisons further bolstering suspicions they are into illegal drug activities.
The suspects also include non-commissioned police officers assigned in different PNP anti-drug units headed by some of the identified officials.
At present, there are already recommendations that the identified police officers and men be subjected into a “lifestyle check” amid wide-ranging reports that they have amassed ill-gotten wealth and are now owners of a number of luxury vehicles, house-and lots in prime subdivisions and even beach resorts.
“We have monitored frequent phone calls between these policemen and the jailed drug lords, and even got photographs of them visiting known crime kingpins during their birthday parties in the past,” said an official, who requested anonymity since he is not allowed to speak on the matter.
The official did not say how they managed to monitor the calls between the accused policemen and the jailed drug kingpins but said the suspects include six big-time drug personalities including Chinese-Filipino nationals already sentenced to life imprisonment but are still believed to be running their illicit drug activities here in the country and abroad thru the confines of their cells.
“We have identified the drug connection between some of our colleagues and known drug personalities operating in Metro Manila, Mindanao and Visayas and are building solid evidence to pin them down,” he said.
The official said they will present their findings to incoming PNP head Chief Supt. Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa, who is set to become the country’s top cop on July 1.
Today, Dela Rosa will be given a briefing on the current drug situation by the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group headed by Senior Supt. Manolo N. Ozaeta.
Dela Rosa, a member of Philippine Military Academy ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986 have earlier warned that the days of rogue police officers are numbered ‘and better pack up or end up six feet down the ground if they try to put up a fight while being arrested.
The official particularly warned those involved in illicit drug activities or those whom he described as “termites” who mock the system to leave the service while there is still time.
Although he said he is targeting less than one percent of the 160,000-strong police organization who are into illegal activities, Dela Rosa has threatened to use all necessary force against policemen who are in cahoots with criminals particularly drug traffickers and manufacturers.
“Lahat ng approach gagawin natin mahinto lang sila,” Dela Rosa said in describing how he plans to launch a massive anti-crime campaign as soon as he assumes the top PNP post vice Director General Ricardo C. Marquez.
Dela Rosa will be leading the PNP’s anti-crime campaign at the start of the Rodrigo Duterte presidency which has promised a massive drive versus crime, drugs and corruption. The Davao City mayor vowed to wage a ‘bloody war’ against crime and plans to hire more policemen and soldiers to do the job.
Presence of cops in drugs became evident anew with the arrest of Police Officer 2 Jolly Aliangan, a member of the National Capital Region Police Office’s Regional Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force by the National Bureau of Investigation last month.