MANILA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said only a few members of the police force are involved in illegal acts.
This, after Philippine Drug Enforcement Authority (PDEA) Director General Aaron Aquino told senators that some rogue cops still recycle illegal drugs seized during narcotics operations.
In a statement, PNP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac admitted there are still some policemen who "find ways to engage in nefarious and illegal acts."
"That is the reason why PNP’s campaign on internal cleansing remains relentless and we will not stop until all rogue cops are weeded out and charged in court," he said.
Banac, however, said that rogue cops are "really few."
"But these bad cops are just really few. Majority of anti-drug cops remain professional and disciplined. This illegal act is not a widespread thing but just committed by some few rotten, rogue, misfit cops who have no place in the PNP," he added.
Banac, likewise, urged the public to report to the agency any wrongdoing done by cops.
In Monday's hearing for PDEA's budget, Aquino said several sources have confirmed that unscrupulous anti-narcotics agents use the seized illegal drugs to either sell or use as planted evidence in bogus operations.
He said some P22 billion worth of seized illegal drugs, P20 billion of which are shabu, remain in the government’s inventory.
Aquino also revealed that a “drug queen”, who is behind the buying of seized drugs from unscrupulous law enforcement agents, is now the subject of the PDEA’s operations.