MANILA (2nd UPDATE) – Some 200 errant policemen received a mouthful from President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday afternoon, as the government seeks to rid the Philippine National Police of bad eggs.
An angry Duterte slammed the cops tagged in various crimes such as robbery and extortion. He said some policemen resort to illegal activities just to sustain their extravagant lifestyles and support their many wives.
“Kaya naman meron talagang mga kagaya niyong mga ulol na ugok, p***** i** hindi kayo -- gusto niyo habang pulis kayo mas marami,” Duterte said.
“Eh kaso nag-aambisyon kayo ng mas malaking kita. Kunin niyo sa mga vendor, driver, kung anong ka-p***han, magka-pera lang. Minsan holdap, minsan mga inosenteng tao sinisita niyo, kung ano anong kalokohan ang sinasabi niyo.”
The President said he is giving the cops 15 days to prepare to be deployed to Mindanao or resign.
“Prepare to move out. I’ll give you two weeks from now, 15 days. If you don’t want to go there, go to your superior and tell them that you are going to resign,” Duterte said.
“Ipadala ko kayo sa Basilan. Tumira kayo doon ng mga dalawang taon. Kung lumusot kayo ng buhay balik kayo dito. Kung doon kayo mamatay, sabihin ko sa pulis huwag na maggastos para dalhin pa kayo dito. Doon na kayo ilibing. Doon niyo ipakita ang kalokohan niyo.”
Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Gov. Mujiv Hataman had earleir questioned the practice of re-assigning alleged rogue cops to the strife-torn south.
Pimentel said the PNP should file administrative cases against the erring lawmen so that they could be expelled from the national police force or send them back to the Police Academy for re-education and re-orientation of values.
READ: Koko to PNP: Stop sending bad cops to Mindanao [http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/01/31/17/koko-to-pnp-stop-sending-bad-cops-to-mindanao]
The President also said he would have wanted the errant cops to clean the Pasig River in front of Malacañang to discipline them, but he said the human rights groups may again call him out.
“Gusto ko kayong ihulog diyan… Huwag na lang, kasi itong human rights kung anong nakikita sa buhay ng isang taga-gobyerno na gustong disiplinahin kayo. Gusto kong palinisin kayo. Magbalik kayo dito, mag-swimming trunks. Linisin niyo ang Pasig River, inumin niyo kasi madumi. P***** i** kayo,” he said.
He said he is mulling the creation of a task force that will solely monitor the movements of rogue cops, saying that a former cop or soldier involved in criminal acts is the “most vicious” and “most dangerous” type of criminal.
“Iyung na-dismiss, iyon ang mga sindikato. Kasi may alam kayo, kayo ang pina-kriminal, kapag naalis sa pulis. Alam niyo ang pasikot-sikot eh,” he said.
A total of 387 police officers were supposed to meet Duterte today at the Palace, but Philippine National Police chief, Director General Ronald dela Rosa said only an estimated 200 of them made it as the rest either no longer reported or were attending to their cases.
Duterte’s war on drugs was recently halted after the kidnapping and killing of Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo by alleged rogue cops.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), whose membership is just a fraction of that of the PNP, has been tasked to run the government’s nationwide campaign.
The president has also tapped the military to go after suspected rogue cops.