Legazpi City (Jan. 19, 2017) – The head of the Philippine National Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (PNP-AIDG) have launched an investigation into reports that certain groups are out to discredit the government’s war on drugs.
Police Senior Superintendent Albert Ferro, officer-in-charge of the PNP-AIDG said that these groups appear to be well-funded.
The police official suspects that the groups’ network is so extensive that it may possibly include politicians, businessmen and police officers who are either retired or still in active service.
With this, Ferro assured the public that the PNP is serious in what they termed as ‘internal cleansing’ to rid the institution of undesirables.
He articulated that the latest incident where the killing of a Korean national involved several active policemen affirmed the continued existence of these so-called ‘ninja cops.’
The term was coined by the PNP’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) when it went after several rogue police officers several months back.
Ferro used to be assigned at the CIDG under Police Director Benjamin Magalong.
Their investigation led to the arrest of several of their own CIDG officers in one of their provincial offices in Central Luzon.
The trail eventually led them to the discovery of the drug trade at the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP).
Ferro believes that the latest police scoundrels involved in the slaying of the Korean national may be part of these groups.
The suspects committed the crime in the guise of a legitimate drug sting.
Meanwhile Ferro appealed to the media and the public not to confuse Oplans Tokhang and Double Barrel with these unlawful police operations.
Instead, he said, it must be called as it is: Agaw-Bato, Hulidap and the like.
Terms like ‘tokhang-for-ransom’, according to him, tend to demean the tireless efforts of the government in the anti-drug campaign.
To date, the two-million pesos reward from the president for the arrest of ‘ninja-cops’ still stand. (J. Garalde)