A total of 36 barangay, government elected and appointed officials and 16 cops were included in the drug watchlist of the Manila Police District (MPD).
This was bared yesterday by MPD director Senior Supt. Joel Napoleon Coronel in a press briefing held in Camp Crame.
“There were personalities in my list, halu-halo, both elected and appointed, including police personnel. Mayron pong elected city officials and barangay officials,” Coronel said.
Aside from that figure, the MPD also listed 16 cops on the drug watchlist and their names were already submitted for investigation.
Coronel said those in their list were either involved as trafficker, protector or coddler.
In line with this, Coronel said the MPD already arrested one policeman in Sta. Mesa, Manila, the other week in drug-related case and charges were already filed against him.
Coronel also reported that last August, three policemen were also neutralized in their anti-illegal drug operation.
He added that the MPD also recorded 58 cases of murder and homicide that were both drug-related.
The MPD director said the MPD war against drugs is gaining ground as they are more focused on areas that are slightly affected by drugs to easily clear them.
“In our strategy, we concentrate first on the slightly affected kasi ’yun ang kaya natin i-clear agad and then we move on the moderately affected,” he said.
He said in Manila, there are no seriously affected barangays, saying that 34 out of 896 barangays are moderately affected and the rest are slightly affected.
“For the City of Manila, we have no seriously affected barangays. Out of the 896 barangays, 34 are moderately affected and the rest slightly affected,” he said.
Coronel explained that in areas that are moderately affected, police operations are aggressive while in areas that are slightly affected, the PNP has other intervention measures such as outreach programs, rehabilitation treatment and livelihood.