Give us a 2nd chance, PNP drug enforcement chief tells public

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 11 2017 05:00 PM | Updated as of Dec 11 2017 06:06 PM

MANILA - The newly-installed director of the Philippine National Police's Drug Enforcement Group is asking the public to give them a chance to prove themselves after President Rodrigo Duterte gave them a go signal to resume the lead in the war on drugs.

Supt. Albert Ferro admitted that there were things that went wrong in the past -- which they have to reexamine -- but there are also some things that went well, in order to reform their personnel. 

"I do subscribe doon sa tinatawag na '6Ws' -- 'what went well, what went wrong.' We have to examine and come up with good safeguards. Come up with a good reform," he said Monday.

"Sana pagbigyan niyo po kami ng chance na ipakita ang aming karakter at kredibilidad," he added.

Ferro used to head the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group which was dissolved following its alleged involvement in the slay of Korean businessman Jee Ick-Joo.

The police official said he did not expect to be reassigned to another anti-illegal drug unit and thanked PNP chief Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa for his trust.

"Gusto ko rin po ipaabot na I was part ng kung paano na-solve ang case (Jee Ick-Joo) na 'yon. Di po natin itinago ang katotohanan. Kasi ang bilin ng Pangulo, sabihin natin ang katotohanan," he said. 

Ferro vowed that their unit will do their best to fight illegal drugs and will be cautious in doing so. He stressed that he will not tolerate any wrongdoing from his men. 

He added that they will use body cameras in their operations for transparency.