Around 1,122 policemen have been tagged in illegal activities in text message complaints, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Friday.
PNP-Counter-Intelligence Task Force (CITF), in a statement, said 41 cops and 15 civilians have been arrested, mainly due to extortion, since January.
CITF commander Senior Supt. Chuiquito Malayo said 641 cops were identified in text messages as alleged protectors of illegal activities, engaged in drug activities, and extortion.
He added that complaints against 385 policemen from NCRPO, 147 from CALABARZON, and 14 from Central Luzon under “ongoing extensive and through validation.”
Other complaints said cops were involved in illegal gambling, "hulidap," physical injuries, illegal logging, unexplained wealth, kidnapping, smuggling, and gunrunning, among others.
The PNP-CITF said it has received 7,049 complaints, with 1,180 police-related concerns, through hotlines 0998-670-2286 and 0995-795-8569.
PNP Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa on Monday said cops involved in extortion are like drug lords who "will not give up right away."
"That's economics of life...bakit ako wonder na CITF palaging may huli na pulis nangongotong tapos after one-week meron na naman mahuhuli, bakit ayaw nila magbago?" he said.
"Ganun din 'yung sa mga drug lord, they are talking about billions of peso industry, hindi sila basta basta give up, itong pulis nga lang na P1,000, 2km or 3k kung may chance didiskarte talaga sila, how much more itong billion(peso) industry," he added. --With a report from Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News