Albayalde orders strict vetting process for cops who want to join war on drugs assignments

Published March 13, 2019, 8:34 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Aaron Recuenco  

Director General Oscar Albayalde, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), has ordered a strict vetting process on all the policemen who would be included in the police drug enforcement units across the country.

PNP CHIEF DIR GEN. Oscar Albayalde, speaks during a press conferecne about the recently concluded Barangay and SK Election 2018, at the PNP National Election Monitoring Center (NEMAC) at Camp Crame in Quezon City, May 15 2018. According to the PNP, the election is generally peaceful. (Mark Balmores)
PNP CHIEF DIR GEN. Oscar Albayalde, speaks during a press conference about the recently concluded Barangay and SK Election 2018, at the PNP National Election Monitoring Center (NEMAC) at Camp Crame in Quezon City, May 15 2018. According to the PNP, the election is generally peaceful. (Mark Balmores)

In a memorandum released for police commanders, Albayalde stressed the importance of a thorough selection process of policemen with integrity and good character on drug enforcement units down to the station and municipal police levels in order to deny rogue cops from cashing-n money from the drug war through extortion and recycling of seized illegal drugs.

“As we focus on the upcoming 2019 Midterm Elections, the PNP is also upgrading its well-sustained mechanism to intensify our relentless crusade against illegal drugs,” said Albayalde.

“This is to avoid putting the organization as well as the government’s war against illegal drugs in peril, citing some lapses committed by police personnel were being used by some critics and detractors to put down the national campaign,” he added.

In the past weeks, several anti-narcotics policemen were arrested for extorting money from arrested drug suspects. Recently, members of the two drug enforcement units in Metro Manila were sacked for extortion racket.

Aside from extortion and recycling drugs, some policemen were also accused of forcing drug suspects, wives and daughters of arrested drug suspects for sexual favors.

Albayalde said the memorandum he issued serves as a reiteration on all PNP personnel who are involved in police anti-illegal drugs operations to strictly adhere to existing policies and guidelines set forth by the PNP

“The policies and guidelines will put all police operatives on the right track to avoid operational lapses, mishandling situations, and ineffective supervision of subordinates in some cases,” said Albayalde.

The official said all regional directors were also ordered to supervise anti-illegal drugs operations, especially in the arrest of high-value targets and other drug suspects within their area of responsibility, in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

At the same time, Albayalde said all unit commanders were also reminded to supervise and monitor the operations and activities of their anti-illegal drugs units against possible irregularities that often drag down the image of the PNP.

 
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