Luzon 'rogue' cops 'busy, doing well' in Basilan - cop chief

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 28 2017 01:52 PM | Updated as of Mar 28 2017 03:55 PM

A coastal village in the province of Basilan in Mindanao. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News/File Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA - Over 100 policemen who were transferred from Luzon to Mindanao over allegations of dabbling in illegal activities are doing well in their new posts, a police official said Monday. 

The 127 so-called rogue cops have been busy boosting the police efforts against criminality and Abu Sayyaf bandits since they arrived in Basilan last February 21, said provincial police director, Senior Superintendent Nickson Muksan. 

"Mabuti naman po [sila]. In fact po, nagpa-patrol sila dito, bising-busy sila dito sa Basilan," Muksan said in a phone interview with radio DZMM. 

"Napi-prevent po ang mga krimen dito at mga attack ng Abu Sayyaf. Nakakatulong sila sa peace and order, and development po dito sa Basilan." 

(They're doing well. In fact, they're busy patrolling Basilan... They have prevented crimes and Abu Sayyaf attacks. They have contributed to the peace and order, and development here in Basilan.)

At least 56 more personnel from National Capital Region Police Office are set to arrive in Basilan Tuesday, Makdum said. 

President Duterte earlier warned that cops with suspected links to illicit drugs had been or would be sent to Mindanao, where security forces are battling several militant groups. 

Chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac, police director of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), had said the serene culture in the south can lead to reform. 

Several officials, including Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III and ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman, have questioned the practice of re-assigning alleged rogue cops to the strife-torn south.