PNP anti-scalawag unit may be expanded to maximize operations vs erring cops

Published April 21, 2018, 6:18 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Aaron Recuenco

The anti-scalawag unit of the Philippine National Police will not only remain but may also be expanded to maximize the operations against erring policemen.

PNP logo (Manila Bulletin)
PNP logo (Manila Bulletin)

PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said the Counter-Intelligence Task Force (CITF) will be complemented with other police intelligence units on matters pertaining to errant policemen.

“We have counter-intelligence sections down to the provincial level. All these counter-intelligence personnel will have to do their job,” Albayalde said.

“So our CITF will definitely remain. It will also be strengthened,” he added.

The CITF was created in February last year after the PNP was first kicked out of the war on drugs following the death of South Korean executive Jee Ick Joo who was arrested under the guise of drugs operation. He was later killed inside Camp Crame in Quezon City by anti-drugs operatives who also demanded P5 million from his family after the killing.

More than 70 policemen have been arrested since last year by the CITF, most of them due to extortion racket.

But local police commanders are not pleased with the CITF as all its operations are being kept from them.

Retired PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa earlier said the problem was already addressed.