- President okays PNP’s return to anti-drug campaign
- He said task forces composed of elite, corruption-free cops
- PNP chief vowed to take drug dealers by surprise with revamped task forces
MANILA, Philippines – A few good men.
President Rodrigo Duterte has directed the return of the PNP in the war against drugs albeit with leaner task forces composed of young and incorruptible policemen.
“I have ordered Bato to recruit young men in the PNP imbued with the fervor of patriotism to be the members only of the task forces. Every station should have one pero piling-pili, ‘yung walang kaso at walang history ng corruption [but only a select few, those without cases and without a history of corruption],” Rappler quoted him as saying.
Duterte said he decided on the creation of the smaller task forces composed entirely of policemen as the military has its hands full dealing with communist rebels and terrorists.
“I have to do it because I lack personnel. I am also, I said, fighting also the NPA and I have this problem in Mindanao about terrorism and drugs so I need personnel. I have to call back the police again to do the job, most of the time, in the war on drugs,” he said.
For his part, PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa vowed to take drug dealers by surprise with the newly-formed task forces.
“They just wait. They will be surprised. Just wait,” he said.
“All of those involved will be chosen carefully to avoid abusive officials. We are clarifying that all the drug operatives involved will have a clean slate,” he said.
Both Duterte and Dela Rosa have claimed that the drug trade has flourished once again thanks to the PNP’s pullout following the death of Korean trade Jee Ick-joo at the hands of anti-narcotics policemen.