By Mario Casayuran
Neophyte Senator Christopher Lawrence ‘’Bong’’ T. Go said Friday Filipinos are entitled to know the truth about ‘’ninja’’ (rogue) police officers and men who recycle ‘’shabu’’ (crystal meth) and other illegal drugs they seize in legitimate police operations’
The alleged “ninja cops” were first mentioned by former chief of the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) and, now, Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong during the Senate inquiry on anomalies in the country’s correctional facilities, particularly at the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) in Muntinlupa.
Go stressed that he still trusts PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde, saying that he is sure that Albayalde was not part of the ninja cops issue
A list has already been provided by the Senate Blue Ribbon and justice committees chaired by Senator Richard J, Gordon to President Duterte.
Go is a close confidant of President Duterte after years of association in Davao City and his having served as Special Assistant to President Duterte before successfully running for a seat in the 24-member Senate.
He said the identities of these rogue policemen must be revealed.
Go emphasized that he still trusts the PNP for as long as they continue to weed out illegal drugs, corruption, and criminality from within their ranks.
“In fairness po sa mga pulis na matitino, malaki ang tiwala ko. Karamihan sa kanila, majority sa kanila ay matitino at maayos po. Mahihirapan si Pangulo sa kanyang kampanya laban sa korapsyon, kriminalidad at iligal na droga kung hindi po sa tulong ng pulis. Kaya kailangan ang pulis natin malinis at respetado,” Go explained. (In fairness to the police, there are many who are professionals and their records clean. The President would fail in his campaign against corruption, crime and illegal drugs if the public do not support the police.)
“I still believe in General Albayalde po. In-appoint po siya ng Pangulong Duterte as Chief PNP at maganda naman po ang kanyang naging track record,” he said. (I still believe in General Albayalde. His good track record led President Duterte to appoint him as PNP chief.)
Go also noted that the President is willing to offer a reward to those who will give information about these “ninja cops”.
“Nabanggit po ni Pangulong Duterte kagabi na sa kung sino man ang makakapagbigay ng impormasyon sa mga ninja cops na involved sa illegal na droga ay magbibigay siya ng reward. Nabanggit niya sa speech niya na 1 million po for dead, 500 thousand po pag alive at 2 million po ‘pag nanlaban,” he added. (President Duterte mentioned last Thursday night that he was willing to give rewards to those who could give information on policemen linked to the illegal drug trade. He cited in his speech a P1 million reward to a dead ‘’ninja’’ policeman, P500,000 for a live ‘’ninja’’ policeman and P2 million for a policeman who opts to fight back.
Go also said that he would continue his support to the present administration and work hand-in-hand with the President in fulfilling their promise of providing positive change in the lives of every Filipino.
This comes after the quarterly poll of 1,200 Filipinos conducted by Social Weather Stations (SWS) showing a rating of “excellent” for Duterte’s three-year campaign, with 82 percent satisfied due to a perception of fewer drugs and crime in the country. The same survey firm also showed that 86 percent of Filipinos rated their lives positively in the last quarter of 2018.
As a result, Filipinos and their children are safe walking on the streets, particularly during nights, he added.