- 32 police officials from the Regional Anti-Illegal Drugs Division and Quezon City Police District were relieved from their posts and transferred to various areas in Mindanao
- This was followed when PNP Chief Dela Rosa declared to send the rogue policemen allegedly involved with drugs to Sulu and Basilan to fight against Abu Sayyaf
- Dela Rosa made it clear to weed out misfits by conducting a surprise drug test with 11 turning out positive
Following Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa’s warning against rogue policemen, 32 officials have been relieved from their post in the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) and have been transferred to Mindanao.
According to CNN Philippines, they were able to obtain documents with the aforementioned officers’ reassignment papers dated July 1. The following were to be deployed to different locations in Mindanao. Out of the 32 police, 13 were set to be sent to the Zamboanga Peninsula (Region 9), 12 were expected to arrive in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), and 7 were relocated to the Caraga Region.
Despite Oscar Albayalde’s statement regarding the reason behind the 32 officials’ post removal, speculations arose that they were linked with drugs syndicates whom PNP Chief Dela Rosa cautioned to step up. This has caused more assumptions after the acting NCRPO chief noted that the officers were from the Regional Anti-Illegal Drugs Division and the Quezon City Police District.
Dela Rosa gave the policemen he spoke of to be included in his list 48 hours to come forward and confess of their knowledge about illegal drugs in the country. However, with the deadline coming to a close and no one had surrendered, the PNP chief was furious.
He informed that he intended to send those who were allegedly involved with the illegal substance to Sulu and Basilan to fight the Abu Sayyaf. The group has recently been reported to have pledged its allegiance to ISIS and was notorious for beheading their captives.
Upon assuming his position as PNP chief, Dela Rosa had made it clear of how he would be ‘relentless in internal cleansing.’ He then immediately started to work on it after conducting a surprise drug test, with 11 out of more than 2,400 policemen being positive.
Dela Rosa expressed how he feels disgusted and enraged that some officials who were expected to be enforcing the law were the same people who have been violating it. - HB, Kami Media