The Negros Occidental police force has not been affected by the issue against five police officers linked to illegal drugs by President Rodrigo Duterte, provincial police officer-in-charge, Senior Supt. Romeo Baleros, said yesterday.
“We are still in high morale,” Baleros said.
Senior Supt. Francisco Ebreo, BCPO officer-in-charge, Senior Supt. Allan Rubi Macapagal, Supt. Richie Makilan Yatar, Supt. Nasruddin Daud Tayuan and Senior Insp. Victor Paulino, all formerly assigned at the Bacolod City Police Office, are now being investigated, for allegedly allowing the proliferation of drugs in Bacolod.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Western Visayas earlier said the five policemen and Bacolod Councilor Ricardo “Cano” Tan were not on its illegal drugs watchlist.
The National Police Commission in Region 6 is also investigating the alleged links to illegal drugs of the five former BCPO personnel.
Baleros, who paid a New Year’s call yesterday on Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., accompanied by his staff and the 31 police chiefs, reminded NOCPPO policemen to keep away from unlawful activities.
“Just do your job and protect the people”, said Baleros, who used to be the intelligence chief of the Police Regional Office 6, while Ebreo was still the BCPO officer-in-charge.
Stressing the need for the police to live a simple life, Baleros said the temptation to make unlawful activities is very high, if the standard of living is also high.
He added that there is no reason for PNP members to engage in illegal activities, as they are now receiving high salaries and benefits.*
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