Two police officers of the Negros Island Region were among the 31 PNP personnel and 27 local officials on the drug list of President Rodrigo Duterte who gave themselves up at Camp Crame yesterday.
Chief Supt. Conrado Capa, NIR police director, said Senior Supt. Ricardo dela Paz and Senior Supt. Ruperto Floro reported to Camp Crame yesterday.
Among those named by Duterte Sunday were “P/Superintendent Delia Paz, Chief RDIDM, and Retired P/Superintendent Floro, Antique City PNP”
De la Paz, Police Regional Office 18 directorial staff officer-in-charge, and Floro, PRO18 Human Resource and Personnel Division OIC, said while they were not certain if they were being referred to, since the president did not provide full names, they definitely have not been involved in the drug trade.
Floro said it is not true that he is involved in the drug trade that is why he went to Camp Crame to clarify matters.
“Everything will be fine, there is nothing to worry about, we will be given due process,” Floro said.
Philippine National Police Chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said the inclusion of police officers among the 163 persons in Duterte's illegal drug list has infuriated him.
“The mere fact that their names were mentioned in the list, whether or not the allegations are true, makes me furious because this would destroy the police organization," dela Rosa said
The police chief also threatened to kill the police officers if they return to their alleged illegal activities.
He noted that the cooperation promised by those who surrendered would increase the war on illegal drugs' chances of winning.
Dela Rosa said the names of these policemen and local officials came from an initial list that went through a validation workshop by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, PNP, Armed Forces of the Philippines and the intelligence service.
The PNP Chief said those who yielded yesterday will undergo documentation and investigation to validate PNP intelligence on their alleged activities.
The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group will investigate elected officials while the Internal Affairs Service and the Directorate for Personnel and Records Management will investigate the PNP personnel.
Asked if the erring police officers and officials will be allowed to go home after the investigation, dela Rosa said it will depend on the results of the PNP investigation and if the CIDG obtains evidence that could become the basis for filing charges against them.
Those who reported to Camp Crame came from various regions of the country, with some coming from as far north as Ilocos and as far south as Maguindanao and Zamboanga.
All incumbent local officials named by Duterte had been stripped of authority to exercise direct supervision and control over the local police forces as deputized officials of the National Police Commission.
All active PNP personnel, on the other hand, will be investigated by their respective units. They have been directed to turn in the firearms issued to them.*CPG/PNA
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