MANILA - The Philippine National Police is monitoring 22 "ninja" cops or police officers allegedly involved in the recycling of illegal drugs seized during operations, PNP Spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said Thursday.
"All these under close watch, monitoring and we are doing case build-up against them and when the proper time comes and there is evidence against them we can effect an arrest," Banac said on ANC's Headstart.
Of the 22, Banac said 3 are police officers and 19 are non-commissioned officers. The highest ranking of these officers is a police major and the others are lieutenants, he said.
Banac reiterated that the PNP is conducting an intense campaign against rogue cops.
"As we speak, we have another case of a police officer who was arrested yesterday for using illegal drugs and selling illegal drugs. He is now under arrest and charges will be filed against him," he said.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) recently revealed to senators that some rogue cops use confiscated illegal drugs to either sell or use as evidence in bogus operations.
The Senate has given its Blue Ribbon Committee the greenlight to make public the identities of ninja cops.
Of 87 policemen previously suspected of ties to the narcotics trade, only 7 remained under watch, PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde earlier said.
"Those police referred to as ninja cops allegedly recycling illegal drugs, we have noted that these same number of police officers have been involved in the past and some of them were charged in court. And some of the cases of these police officers have been dismissed so no evidence were found against them and so the cases against them were dismissed," Banac explained.
The names and information were gathered during the Blue Ribbon and Justice Committees executive session last week with a retired top police official, who submitted the names of the ninja cops to the Senate.