PNP offers 'optional retirement' for cops linked to narcotics

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 11 2020 09:43 AM | Updated as of Feb 11 2020 10:02 AM

Police officers march during the Philippine National Police (PNP) flag ceremony at their headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City, November 26, 2018. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Some 357 policemen suspected of being involved in the illegal drug trade are being given the option to retire from the service, Philippine National Police chief Archie Gamboa said Tuesday.

"Sabi ko if you don’t want to embarrass yourself, if you are guilty at sa tingin niyo eh with the composition now of those who will evaluate nakikita niyo na di kayo makakalusot, if you want peace of mind then we offer you optional retirement," he told radio DZMM.

(I said if you don’t want to embarrass yourself, if you are guilty and you think you will not pass those who will evaluate you, and if you want peace of mind then we offer you optional retirement.)

"Wala naman kayong kaso. After the evaluation... Kapag not cleared we will pursue a case against you. We will apply the full force of the law to you."

(You will have no case. After the evaluation...if you're not cleared we will pursue a case against you. We will apply the full force of the law to you.)

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As of Monday, 14 policemen have opted to avail of retirement, according to Gamboa.

"Hindi ibig sabihin off the hook na kayo. Wag kayong bumalik sa droga. Kung hindi ilalagay namin kayo sa ibang listahan," he said, referring to government's drug watchlist.

(It doesn't mean you're off the hook already. Don't return to the illegal drug trade or we will put you in another list.)

Gamboa last week ordered a fresh reshuffle of key positions in the police force and a surprise drug test of senior officers.