MANILA - A policeman accused of being a 'ninja cop' who recycled confiscated drugs and sold them to drug pushers was killed in a buy-bust operation in Morong, Rizal.
Chief Insp. Jewel Nicanor, spokesperson of PNP Counter Intelligence Task Force, said PO2 Gemmo Meneses sensed authorities were onto him and began firing at CITF operatives during the buy-bust operation.
“Yung poseur buyer po natin when he was about to transact sa subject po natin, na-sense agad ng ating subject PNP personnel na ang ka-transaction po niya ay PNP, bumunot po agad ng baril prompting our police personnel na nakapaligid sa area to engage the subject personnel,” Nicanor said.
According to CITF, they received information that Meneses was recycling drugs.
“Nag-originate ito sa intelligence packet coming from the PNP Intelligence Group so the IG provided us with the intel information regarding activities of the subject PNP personnel," Nicanor said.
"So we conducted validation, and upon confirmation he was involved sa illegal activities particularly betting of illegal drugs sa Rizal area so, nakipag-coordinate agad kami sa PDEA."
Meneses was an active personnel of PNP Provincial Intelligence Branch in Rizal and was first reportedly involved in illegal activities in 2016.
“The illegal activities started way back 2016. Member siya ng PIB Rizal, Provincial Intelligence Branch ng Rizal. That time meron po siyang isang policeman na kasabwat, hindi ko pa po papangalanan, allegedly involved in hulidap activities in 2016,” Nicanor said.
Nicanor said Meneses allegedly began recycling confiscated drugs when he was assigned to the Drug Enforcement Unit last 2017.
“In 2017, nag-divert po sila ng kanilang modus operandi, nag-concentrate po sila ng recycling illegal drugs during legitimate drug operation,” Nicanor said.
“Pag may mga accomplishment sila, kumukuha ng isang portion then yon po yung nire-recycle po nila sa area na yon,” he added.
Meneses allegedly sold illegal drugs in Baras, Tanay, Binangonan and Morong, Rizal.
“Ito mismong subject personnel ang siya mismong nagpe-peddle ng illegal drugs sa street level, siya ang nagdi-distribute,” Nicanor said.