Police in process to rid itself of dirty cops

Posted on June 30, 2015

THE PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) is currently undergoing “internal cleansing” and is scrambling to identify and prosecute erring officers who are involved in the illegal drug trade.

PNP cracks down on personnel who use and sell illegal drugs. -- AFP
Besides running after users and sellers of illegal drugs, the police will also hunt down coddlers of small and big-time drug syndicates, Chief Inspector Roque A. Merdegia, Jr., spokesperson of the PNP’s Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (AIDSOTF), said.

“So that is what the higher ups wants us to focus on -- internal cleansing. The directive is to apprehend before the administrative case those who are selling drugs and protectors of pushers which peddle drugs in Metro Manila,” Mr. Merdegia told reporters at the sidelines of the flag raising ceremony at the PNP compound in Camp Crame on Monday.

However, Mr. Merdegia admitted that there are several difficulties in the pursuit to rid the country of bad cops.

“One of the challenges there is sleeping with the enemy. You cannot avoid that some of them are comrades and some police officers that are swallowed by the system, by illegal drugs,” he said.

The police already has a list of suspected policemen engaged in such illegal activities but declined to reveal them for obvious security reasons.

From January to May, at least nine policemen have been arrested for selling drugs. -- Alden M. Monzon