By Aaron Recuenco
The Philippine National Police (PNP) backed the declaration of the country’s drug czar that the recycling of illegal drugs by erring policemen was still rampant.
PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said this was the reason why the internal cleansing of the national police leadership is continuous and remains aggressive today.
“The PNP agrees with the findings of PDEA that some corrupt PNP personnel are still able to find ways to engage in nefarious and illegal acts,” said Banac.
“That is the reason why PNP’s campaign on internal cleansing remains relentless and we will not stop until all rogue cops are weeded out and charged in court,” he added.
In a Senate hearing, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron Aquino said the problem on recycling of illegal drugs was still happening amid the brutal drug war of the Duterte administration.
Aquino even cited a case of a so-called drug queen operating in Metro Manila who allegedly buys shabu seized during police operations from erring cops.
More than 400 cops have already been dismissed due to involvement in illegal drugs since 2016.
Recently, two policemen were arrested in Metro Manila for using illegal drugs.
The PNP leadership has been very aggressive in running after what it described as ninja cops, or those involved in the recycling of confiscated illegal drugs.
The Counter-Intelligence Task Force (CITF), which is now called Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) was created to run after erring cops. Most of the 100 cops it arrested and killed since 2017 were involved in drug cases, particularly drug-related extortion.