Eleazar to bar reinstatement of ‘narco cops’

Published October 3, 2019, 12:10 PM

by Rica Arevalo

By Aaron Recuenco

Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), has implemented a four-pronged preemptive strike to address the problem of erring policemen engaged in illegal drugs activities in Metro Manila and drug-recycling including barring their reinstatement in the police force.

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) P/Maj. Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar (PHOTO FROM PIO NCRPO / FACEBOOK / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) P/Maj. Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar

Eleazar said he had already tasked the Legal Service of the NCRPO to coordinate with the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) and other pertinent government agencies to get the list of all dismissed and AWOL (Absent Without Official Leave) policemen applying for reinstatement.

“We have arrested some policemen before engaged in either selling or using drugs. During a background check, we found that they were dismissed or went on AWOL before for drug charges,” said Eleazar.

“Those involved in illegal drugs before should not be given a second chance to enter the police service. They are a disgrace to our organization. That is why we want to initiate moves to bar them from being reinstated,” said Eleazar.

Eleazar also tasked the NCRPO- Regional Investigation and Detective Management to update the list of all policemen who have been charged before or currently facing drug-related cases.

The NCRPO Chief explained that the updated records would be of high-intelligence value in terms of monitoring if they are still connected with illegal drug syndicates.

“Those who were charged of drug-cases that are purely harassment cases have nothing to fear. President Duterte himself gave an assurance that they will get all the help from the government if those cases are purely harassment cases,” said Eleazar.

“What we are after are those who are really involved in illegal drugs. We will be running after them as part of our effort to finally end the problem of narco-policemen in Metro Manila,” he added.

Eleazar met with all the heads of the Drug Enforcement Units in Metro Manila to discuss with them the implementation of a one-strike policy.

The one-strike policy entails the immediate relief of the Drug Enforcement Unit head, as well as the station commander if even one of their men would be found to be involved in illegal drug activities.

“I believe that this will compel the Drug Enforcement Unit heads to always do the right thing because they know that their careers will be at stake,” said Eleazar.

Eleazar said he recently initiated an alliance of four major law enforcement agencies in Metro Manila to form what he calls the Quad-Intel Force.

The Quad-Intel Force is composed of the NCRPO, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-NCR, the National Bureau of Investigation-NCR and the military’s Joint Task Force NCR.

“Whatever we would miss here at NCRPO in terms of intelligence on policemen involved in illegal drugs will be compensated with the intelligence of the three other law enforcement agencies,” said Eleazar.

But he stressed that the formation of the Quad-Intel Force also aims at running after erring personnel involved in drugs not only from NCRPO but also from the PDEA, NBI, and JTF-NCR personnel in Metro Manila.

Police Chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde was implicated in the drug-recycling activities that happened in 2013 in Pampanga when he was still the provincial director of the province.

Albayalde denied the allegation and stated that he would not fall into the trap of resigning.

President Duterte, for his part, said that he would decide on the matter after the Senate probe and the investigation to be conducted by the Department of the Interior and Local Government.