PNP shifts focus: Now, it's war vs 7 crimes

Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 06 2017 03:20 PM | Updated as of Feb 06 2017 04:14 PM

Police and Scene of the Crime operatives process a suspected drug pusher who was killed in a police anti-drug bust in Espana. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said the police force will now shift its focus to its anti-criminality drive after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered it to stop participating in the war on drugs.

Dela Rosa said the PNP will focus on preventing and solving seven crimes, namely: 

- murder, 
- homicide, 
- theft, 
- robbery, 
- physical injuries, 
- car and motorcycle theft,
- rape.

“Dyan kami. We will account the accomplishments of our units along these 7 focused crimes. Iyung pag-implement nila, how to counter or address these 7 focused crimes eh alam na nila yan kung ano ang gawin. We will manage police operations," Dela Rosa said.

Duterte earlier ordered the PNP to suspend its anti-illegal drug operations in the wake of the death of Korean Jee Ick-joo allegedly at the hands of rogue cops. 

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is now leading the government’s anti-illegal drug efforts.

The president has also disbanded the PNP's Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (PNP-AIDG) and ordered the military to go after rogue cops.

More than 7,600 people have been killed since Duterte unleashed a ferocious crackdown seven months ago, with more than 2,500 killed in police raids and sting operations.