Palace releases report on narco-cops

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By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter

MALACAÑANG on Wednesday made public its “Secret Special Report” on the alleged involvement of high-ranking law enforcement officials in drug trafficking in the country.

In a press conference last Tuesday, President Rodrigo R. Duterte told reporters that he has already “declassified” the report, copies of which he asked his special assistant, Christopher Lawrence T. Go, to distribute to the press.

Dated Sept. 12, 2018, the 15-page document titled “Secret Special Report” contains a link chart or matrix of involved personalities, significant information about their involvement in illegal drugs, and recommendations, among others.

The list includes two retired and two active Senior Superintendents, two Police Inspectors, and a Senior Police Officer 4.

This group, according to the said report, has “created a pool of agents and personnel who are mostly corrupt and have already created networks with different drug lords across the country and abroad.”

“The involved personalities belong to the defunct PNP (Philippine National Police) drug enforcement group, PDEA (Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency), and even the Bureau of Customs (BoC),” the report added.

The report, it said, “is an offshoot of what transpired during the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Sept. 11, 2018 wherein Jimmy Guban, Custom’s intelligence agent, was cited for contempt for perjury and actual involvement in the P6.8-billion worth of smuggled shabu.”