Duterte vows to go after 'ninja cops' after Russia visit

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 06 2019 08:52 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the Philippines-Russia Business Forum at the House of the Unions in Moscow, Russian Federation on Oct. 4, 2019. Joey Dalumpines, Presidential Photo

MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte vowed on Saturday to confront the so-called “ninja cops” — or policemen involved in the recycling of illegal drugs -- when he returns to the Philippines from Russia.

Duterte promised the Filipino community in Moscow that he would rid the Philippine National Police (PNP) of crooked policemen.

“Meron akong ninja. Ngayon pag-uwi talagang upakan ko itong mga p*t*ng in*ng pulis na ito. 'Yang tawag nilang ninja. Yung talagang nagdu-droga ang mga g*g*,” he said in his speech.

(I have ninja cops that I would really beat up. They call them ninja, those who use drugs.)

“I have 2 years and so many months left, ubusin ko talaga itong mga p*t*ng *n* na 'to. Tingnan mo,” he added.

(I will finish all of them. Just watch.)

The President earlier ordered the Department of Interior and Local Government to investigate PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde and other policemen linked to the recycling of illegal drugs. The PNP is under the supervision of the DILG.

"Basta ako, galit talaga ako sa mga yawa na 'yan,” Duterte said.

(I am really mad at them.)

Last Thursday, Duterte said 2 Filipino generals were "still playing with drugs." He did not say whether they are from the police or military. 

Albayalde was chief of the Pampanga regional police in 2013 when several of its members were accused of recycling drugs by Benjamin Magalong, then head of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group. The charges were dismissed due to lack of evidence.

Malacañang earlier said the President "trusts" Albayalde despite Magalong's claims.

Duterte said he would wait for Interior Secretary Eduardo Año's recommendation before he decides to “dismiss, discharge, and terminate any and all of them.”