MANILA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) said Wednesday 151 police officers were found positive for illegal drug use and dismissed in a little over 2 years.
PNP data showed that the drug-using law enforcers were among the total 398 policemen dismissed in 26 months for offenses such as drug-related activities, unexplained absence, kidnapping, murder, rape, homicide, parricide, and illegal arrest.
PNP chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa said dismissing these police officers was hard for him but that he had to do it for the sake of the force.
"As the father of the organization, my heart bleeds when I sign dismissal orders for delinquent policemen. It’s a tough decision, but it had to be done for the sake of the organization," he said.
Around 68 percent or 270 of the policemen who were dismissed came from Metro Manila, according to the National Capital Region Police Office.
According to NCRPO Director Oscar Albayalde, he also ordered the suspension of 825 policemen and assigned 397 others outside the metro for various violations.
"'Yung mga extortion activities ang medyo marami. 'Yung naglaglag ng kaso din, 'yung mga hindi nag a-attend ng court hearing para ma-dismiss ang kaso. Sari-sari ito," Albayalde said.
"Kasama na 'yung sa drugs. Mga hihingi ng pera kapalit ng kaso. Walang nagtutulak ng droga. Ang nakikita natin ay nagbibigay ng proteksiyon at nangongotong," he added.
Albayalde vowed to continue with his surprise inspections in police stations in the metropolis to address the problem on rogue law enforcers.