BY JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL, Managing Editor
MDNN National News – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. wanted to weed out the PNP organizations with those known as “scalawags in uniform.
In a press briefing at Camp Crame, the police top brass said, PNP is now tainted with cops allegedly involved in the drug trade and some are also acting as protectors of drug lords.
The reason, he said, is that there is really a dire need to implement cleansing in the organization of those officers linked to the drug menace in the country.
As of yesterday, January 9, the police general has confirmed nearly 600 colonels and generals have tendered their courtesy resignation and 400 more are expected to follow through, in support of the DILG’s call for cleansing.
“If they are truly innocent I think there is no reason for them to hide under the third level innocent na tag. Sabi ko nga everyone is being challenged to submit their courtesy resignation,” the PNP chief explained.
He said this is an individual voluntary resignation, a test of their individual character.
“As of yesterday, we were able to account, more or less, 500 to a close to 600 as reported from our different regions, by our different units,” he said, he told the media in both Filipino and the English language.
Meanwhile, President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr also in another media briefing, said that he is supportive of this move of the DILG
to clean the PNP from those rank and file cops and high-ranking officials who have ties with the drug syndicates in the country.
Marcos said this PNP cleansing had his go signal and this is also part of his government’s “entirely different” approach to the so-called drug war.
It can be recalled that Senator Ronald dela Rosa and Gullermo Eleazar have also tried to do bold moves in the PNP organization, purposely to weed out ‘bad eggs’ in the tainted PNP organization.