PNP cracks down on cops, agencies securing foreigners amid dollar smuggling issue

Published March 4, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Aaron Recuenco

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has ordered a crackdown on erring policemen and illegitimate agencies that provide security to foreigners amid reports of the involvement of soldiers and cops in smuggling millions of dollars into the country.

Civil Security Group (CSG) director Maj. Gen. Roberto Fajardo said he also ordered stricter measures to obtain licenses for securing foreign VIPs (very important persons), particularly Chinese.

“All the requirements must be complied [with] to properly monitor if the person availing of security is qualified,” Fajardo said. One of them, he said, is a threat assessment of the VIPs seeking police security.

As part of the crackdown, Fajardo said he already tasked his men to coordinate with local police for the identification of policemen and local security agencies providing security to foreigners.

Earlier, Sen. Richard Gordon exposed the smuggling of millions of dollars in the country that is reportedly being facilitated by some policemen and soldiers.

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, for his part, said he would not allow policemen to be involved in such an activity.

The smuggling of millions of dollars into the country is allegedly connected to the operation of Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs), who run online gambling operations banned in China but are allowed to operate in this country.