By Aaron Recuenco
Following the revelation of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Director General Aaron Aquino that some anti-narcotics operatives are involved in the recycling of confiscated drugs that are sold to drug dealers at their price, Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) is set to meet all commanders of anti-illegal drug enforcement units in Metro Manila Tuesday to discuss a new policy in a bid to rid the force of ninja cops.
“It will be a one-strike policy for all my commanders. This is to ensure that zero-tolerance against policemen involved in illegal drugs activities is strictly observed,” said Eleazar.
Based on the new policy, the head of the drug enforcement unit will immediately be relieved if even one of his men is caught involved in selling and using shabu and other illegal drugs.
The station commander, Eleazar said, will also be sacked. There are 38 police stations in Metro Manila.
The same policy will hold at the district level where the head of the district drug enforcement will also be relieved if one of his men is arrested for illegal drugs link.
The district director will also be immediately relieved, according to Eleazar.
There are five police districts in Metro Manila: Manila Police District, Quezon City Police District, Southern Police District (which covers Makati, Paranaque, Taguig, Las Pinas, Pateros and Muntinlupa), Eastern Police District (covering Marikina, Pasig, San Juan and Mandaluyong) and Northern Police District (covering Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela).
The same policy will be implemented if a member of a drug enforcement unit is found to be recycling drugs or under the payroll of illegal drugs syndicates, according to Eleazar.
“I believe this will force all the commanders of drug enforcement units in Metro Manila to behave and at the same time, compel their men to do what is right, to be clean at all times,” said Eleazar.
President Duterte confirmed the existence of ninja cops despite earnest efforts by the PNP to clean its ranks.
“This is part of our Intensified Cleanliness Policy. We have to exert all efforts to clean our ranks because all our anti-illegal drugs accomplishments, all the good intentions of the government to finally end this drug problem will be futile because of these handful of scalawags in our ranks,” he added.
In case of serious drug offenses that would involve more than two policemen in a station drug enforcement unit or district enforcement unit, the entire unit—from commanders down to the last anti-drug-operative—will be relieved and replaced. And station commanders or district directors will not be spared.
Eleazar said that he had already relieved more than 500 anti-drugs operatives in Metro Manila since he was district director of the Quezon City Police District and as NCRPO director.
To maximize the monitoring of erring cops, Eleazar met with Aquino last week to compare notes and obtain fresh intelligence reports about a Metro Manila policeman involved in illegal drugs.
Eleazar has further intensified the campaign against scalawag cops after Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron Aquino disclosed that recycling of illegal drugs are still rampant and that some erring cops have been protecting a shabu queen operating in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.