More than 700 cops under drugs watchlist: PDEA chief

Angel Movido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 24 2019 06:03 PM


MANILA - More than 700 personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) are under the drugs watchlist, according to Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Aaron Aquino.

"Some are users, some are pushers, most of them are protectors," he said Tuesday.

Aquino recalled that he sacked more than 140 policemen in Central Luzon (PRO3) and reassigned them to Mindanao during his stint as the director of PRO3. 

He admitted, however, that 'recycling' policemen in Central Luzon has been rampant.

"All sorts 'yan, mga kaso ng kung ano ano. Extortion, recycling, most of them are involved in illegal drugs. The band-aid solution during that time was i-tapon sa Mindanao to cut their doings and at the same time kung may network sila," Aquino said.

(They have all sorts of cases. Extortion, recycling, most of them are involved in illegal drugs. The band-aid solution during that time was to send them to Mindanao to cut their doings and at the same time their networks.)

Aquino added that some of the said policemen were also known "ninja cops." He revealed most of them have currently been reassigned to Metro Manila and now involved in the recycling of illegal drugs.

"When I was still with the PNP, there's still generals, there's still colonels recycling drugs," Aquino revealed.

The PDEA chief also claimed cops were involved in kidnapping drug chemists, and forcing drug syndicates to pay ransom. 

He added there were also rogue staff from PDEA.