More cops being monitored for links to illegal drugs – PNP Chief

Published November 7, 2018, 4:57 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Armando Fenequito Jr.

DAVAO CITY – The Philippine National Police -Counter Intelligence Task Force (CITF) is now monitoring more policemen suspected of being involved in illegal drugs.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director Gen. Oscar Albayalde disclosed that the CITF had about 1,700 police officers in its watchlist.

Philippine National Police Chief Director Oscar Albayalde (Kevin Tristan Espiritu / MANILA BULLETIN)
Philippine National Police Chief Director Oscar Albayalde
(Kevin Tristan Espiritu / MANILA BULLETIN)

“This does not necessarily mean that they really involved. We just come up with the watchlist because of the information we got but it needs to be confirmed and validated,”  he said.

Albayalde said the CITF will not waste any time in launching an operation to arrest those who will be found of being involved in illegal drugs activities.

He cited the case of a police official, who was killed in Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte in an anti-illegal drugs operation on Monday night.

Albayalde identified a suspect as Supt. Santiago Y. Rapiz, who was assigned at the Zamboanga del Norte Police  Provincial Office.

He said Rapiz was in the narco-list of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, and this was the reason why he was put under surveillance by the CITF.

Albayalde said the said police unit conducted buy-bust operation after confirming the information.

He said when Rapiz noticed that he was transacting with a policeman, he immediately pulled out his gun, triggering a shootout.

“Ito yung sinasabi natin na hindi tayo titigil hanggat meron pang invloved sa aming hanah na ganyan (This what I have said that we will never stopped until there are people in our ranks who are invlove in illegal activities), he said.

“We will not tolerate the thing we call the rogues in uniform,” Albayalde added.

 
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