OCTOBER 8, 2019 — Malacañang on Tuesday said the involvement of police operatives in the alleged recycling of illegal drugs does not diminish the credibility of the administration’s drug war.
In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the drug war will still continue, and the arrest of erring policemen even proves the effectiveness of the illegal drug campaign.
“Unang una, na-expose sila. Nasira na, na-derail na ‘yung kanilang programa,” said Panelo.
Philippine National Police Chief Dir. Gen. Oscar Albayade was linked to the controversy after he was accused of interfering in a case involving 13 policemen tagged in recycling drugs seized in a Pampanga buy-bust operation in 2013.
Albayalde is set to retire on November 8 when he turns 56. When asked about Duterte’s choice for the next PNP chief, Panelo said the President will decide based on competency and honesty.
“If you’re honest, ibig sabihin wala kang kaso relative to any irregularity. Kapag competent ka, ibig sabihin magaling ka sa trabaho mo,” said Panelo.
Meanwhile, PNP Spokesperson Bernard Banac said the police has not yet prepared its list of candidates for the position.
“Wala pa tayong nakahandang mga pangalan. Of course ‘pag kailangan magsumite ang PNP, handa tayo na magsumite kay DILG Secretary Año,” said Banac.
The ‘ninja cops’ controversy surfaced during the Senate hearings on the Good Conduct Time Allowance law. (Katrina Ventura/JMF)