PNP probing alleged drug ties of generals

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 06 2016 05:12 PM

PNP chief Director General Ricardo Marquez. File Photo

MANILA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) has yet to find solid evidence on the claims of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte against three high-ranking police officials supposedly involved in corruption and the narcotics trade.

In a press conference, PNP chief Director General Ricardo Marquez said Monday that their intelligence division continues to look into tips from concerned citizens tagging some officials in unscrupulous activities.

Marquez also revealed that he has sent operatives of the Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG) to Davao to probe similar accusations.

"Big part of our campaign against drugs 'yung internal cleansing... Sa tuwi-tuwina, nakakatanggap ng report, unsigned text messages. The routine is bina-validate ng ating counter-intelligence division.

"Pero hanggang ngayon, work in progress. Wala pang nakikitang evidence that would support na involvement of active generals," he said.

Duterte on Saturday demanded the resignation of three supposedly scalawag generals whom he did not name. He also threatened to humiliate the officials if they refused to step down.

"Corruption must stop. Tatlong general diyan sa Crame (should) resign. Do not wait for me to name you in public because I will only humiliate you," he told his cheering supporters at his victory party in Davao City.

Marquez, however, emphasized that high-ranking officials cannot be forced to resign because the PNP has a process to follow in dismissing scalawag members.

The PNP official declined to comment on Duterte's plan to offer P3 million as "bounty" for drug traffickers, pending the official statement of the president-elect. But he also stressed that the PNP also has a system in place for giving awards on the apprehension of criminals.

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He also said that the PNP has been very aggressive in its war against illegal drugs, as evident in the 18,000 drug personalities arrested and the 500 kilos of shabu confiscated in the last few months alone. -- Report from Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

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