PNP to form new anti-illegal drug group to be manned by new set of officers

  • PNP to form a new anti-illegal drug group
  • PNP Chief De la Rosa said it will be manned by a new set of police officers
  • The PNP Chief said the new police officers were carefully chosen to avoid abuse

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald De la Rosa revealed that a new anti-illegal drug group will be formed when the police organization’s war on drugs resumes.

“We will be forming a new drug enforcement group manned by a new set of officers,” InterAksyon quoted Dela Rosa as telling reporters at the sidelines of the 23rd anniversary rites of the National Police College in Silang, Cavite on Tuesday, February 28.

De la Rosa said drug suspects are in for a surprise upon the return of the PNP at the helm of the anti-drug campaign of the Duterte administration.

“Maghintay lang sila, mabubulaga din sila, hintay lang,” he said.

[They just wait. They will be surprised. Just wait.]

“Basta lahat ng ma-involve ay piling-pili at hindi lang kung sinu-sino para maiwasan talaga ang abuso. Kaya klaruhin natin na ang ma-involve ay clean slate lahat ng drug operatives,” he added.

[All those who will be involved will be carefully chosen to avoid abuse. Let me clarify that all drug operatives who will be involved will have a clean slate.]

The PNP Chief did not say when the PNP will resume its anti-drugs operations, but said President Rodrigo Duterte told them to “just be ready.”

Last month, the President stripped the PNP of its power to carry out anti-illegal drugs operations following the involvement of corrupt police officers in the kidnap-slay of South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo.