THE PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) has pulled out its men from the national jail in Muntinlupa City after several cops were accused of smuggling contraband into the penitentiary.

Police spokesman Brigadier General Barnard Banac yesterday said at least 500 police officers were recalled to give way to an impartial investigation.

“All the policemen will be investigated and had been recalled,” he told reporters in Filipino.

Sixteen policemen accused of attempting to smuggle contraband had been reassigned pending the probe, he said.

Among the contraband seized from the police officers were liquor, electronic gadgets and tobacco. Mr. Banac said majority of the police officers remained professional. — Emmanuel Tupas, Philippine Star