PNP Director General Ricardo Marquez dismissed President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s allegations regarding three active police generals engaging in the business of illegal drugs.
According to the director general, even before Duterte was elected as president and asked the alleged generals in Camp Crame to resign, they already have been conducting investigations to make sure that none of their members are involved in illegal drugs or any form of illegal activities. It can be recalled that the President-elect asked these generals to give up their posts in order to help stop corruption. This was announced by the president during his thanksgiving party.
“We have not seen any evidence that will support the information of the involvement of active generals [in illegal drugs],” Marquez said.
The director general added that they have received raw information before and have acted on it already. He said that they have "deployed special teams of the anti-illegal drugs group in the Visayas." The investigation, however, is still in progress.
During the thanksgiving party held in Davao City, the president announced that he wants the generals to resign before he is forced to release their names. Furthermore, the president said that as part of his administration's efforts to minimize, if not eliminate, drugs, he will be offering a reward of P5 million for anyone who is able to kill a drug lord. Those who can arrest one will not be in vain as he or she will also receive a reward worth P4,999,000.
It can be recalled that on February, Duterte disclosed that there are several high-ranking PNP officials involved in illegal drugs. He further said that he knew of three. However, Marquez said that even if this is true, asking an official to resign is close to impossible as they have a process that needs to be followed when dismissing an official.
Marquez, furthermore, revealed that they have been doing “internal cleansing” of the ranks and that such process has always been a part of the PNP’s standards. This cleansing has resulted to many people being discharged from their positions while many more put under surveillance.
“It’s one of the major deliverables of an organization. Whenever we receive a report or text message, the usual routine is to validate it” before launching operations against the suspects, he said.
With regard to the bounty, Marquez said that he will leave it to the incoming PNP chief on the steps he would take. The incoming PNP chief is Chief Supt. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa.