By Aaron Recuenco
A police official known for the bloody implementation of the campaign against illegal drugs in Bulacan today assumed the leadership of the anti-scalawag unit of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
And this early, Senior Supt. Romeo Caramat is already warning scalawag policemen to resign from the service before the operation of the Counter-Intelligence Task Force (CITF) go into full swing under his leadership.
“I urge these bad eggs in the police service to resign. If these rogue cops try to fight it off, then we will have no option but to defend ourselves,” he said.
Caramat took over the leadership of the CITF today from Senior Supt. Jose Chiquito Malayo who was given a new assignment.
As provincial director of Bulacan, the province was known for having one of the most number of casualties of illegal drugs personalities in the war on drugs.
Just two months ago, for instance, a total of 13 illegal drugs personalities were killed during a whole-day operation of the police.
During an interview, Caramat acknowledged the big shoes that he has to fill in as his predecessor was able to arrest a total of 245 individuals that include 74 cops since the CITF creation in February last year.
But Caramat said his first step is to follow the mechanisms already established by Malayo in running after erring policemen.
“We will work harder in order to achieve our goals of eliminating the misfits in the organization,” Caramat said.
“We have no room to relax. But all our operations will be in accordance with the existing standard operating procedures because if we do shortcuts, then we would be no different from these scalawag policemen,” he added.
To further intensify the campaign against erring cops, the PNP leadership earlier ordered the CITF to closely coordinate with the Intelligence Group to expand its database on erring policemen across the country.