BY JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL, Managing Editor
MDNN NATIONAL – A top official of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) said he prefers to charge the PNP officers involved in the drug trade rather than asking for mass courtesy resignation.
The VACC top official said the said move spearheaded by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the PNP will only demoralize the organization.
Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr and Secretary Benhur Abalos of the DILG have yet to give their reactions on the VACC statement.
Earlier, the Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. told the media that he 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 allegedly acting as protectors of drug lords.
As of January 9, the police general has confirmed nearly 600 colonels and generals have tendered their courtesy resignation and over 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.