Seven police officers assigned to various units in Metro Manila are being investigated for their possible links to drug syndicates operating in the metropolis.
Chief Supt. Oscar Albayalde, director of the Philippine National Police-National Capital Region Police Office (PNP-NCRPO), told the press on Monday that the seven officers are being probed because they had tested positive for drugs.
Four of the said seven are with the Quezon City Police District (QCPD). The rest are members of the Eastern Police District (EPD).
The EPD covers the cities of Pasig, Mandaluyong, San Juan and Marikina.
Albayalde, who attended a command conference at Camp Caringal in Quezon City on Monday, declined to identify the seven officers.
He said the investigation will determine if the police officers have links to drug syndicates or to the so-called “ninja” policemen.
“Ninja” refers to policemen involved in the recycling or reselling of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) confiscated by the police from drug dealers or pushers.
Senior Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, director of the QCPD, said the investigation is part of the ongoing cleansing of the PNP.