‘Corrupt police addicted to mistresses’


CORRUPT members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) are drawn to making money out of illegal activities to support their mistresses, President Rodrigo Duterte claimed.

Duterte expressed his sentiments when pressed by reporters to elaborate on his remark last January 30 that “about 40 percent” of the police force is “corrupt to the core.”

“Not everyone is corrupt, but there is a group of these stupid scalawags there. As soon as they become a police [officer], they want a house and a car, then two wives,” Duterte told reporters in Davao City on Saturday.

“Me, I’m separated from my wife and I had a wife again. But these police who are morons, they add wives even if they don’t earn enough. So they resort to racketeering. And so, police generals have mansions when they retire. But the Army? They end up in housing projects.”

Duterte was formerly married to Elizabeth Zimmerman, who sought a civil court annulment in 1998. The President lives with his partner, Honeylet Avanceña, in Davao City, but is officially single.

‘I believe that story’
Duterte has vowed to rid the PNP ranks of scalawags in the aftermath of the police killing of South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo.

Jee was kidnapped by the police last October on a fake arrest warrant for alleged involvement in illegal drugs. It was later revealed by witnesses that the South Korean businessman was strangled to death by Senior Police Officer 3 Ricky Santa Isabel inside the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, a few steps from the office of PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa.

Jee’s remains were cremated and his ashes flushed down the toilet.

While he conceded that rogue PNP men were responsible for Jee’s death, Duterte stood firm that the police was right in gunning down Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa.

Espinosa, one of hundreds of drug suspects killed in the Duterte administration’s anti-drug war, was shot by the police at 4 a.m. inside his cell in the Leyte sub-provincial jail in Baybay City on November 5.

“Drug industry is an organization which involves the rich and the poor, like this Albuera mayor. When he was gunned down, a lot of people still complained. The police said he fought back, and I believe that story,” Duterte stressed.

“I will have to support our security forces whenever they run into trouble when they are performing their duties. If you have a different story, then insist on it but I will believe the government [forces],” Duterte added.

NBI chief stays
In a related development, the Palace said it would not yet ask for the resignation of National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Dante Gierran, even if the President said he had lost trust in the agency because of its alleged involvement in the murder of Jee. Both the PNP and NBI have been barred from anti-drug operations.

“We’ll leave that decision to the President because the President has personally appointed Director Gierran. However, it’s not really about, you know, castigating right away or removing right away the appointed officials whom he has appointed,” Assistant Secretary Ana Banaag of the Presidential Communications Office said in a radio interview.


Please follow our commenting guidelines.


  1. Only 40%? The PNP is by and large beyond repair.
    With institutions such as the PNP it will be impossible to become part of the family of civilized nations.

  2. This is so true. They are driven by their lust and mundane desires and live beyond their means which prompt them to commit such nefarious activities as kidnapping for ransom, indulging in the illegal drug trade among others.

  3. I can look at this issue as addicted to mistresses or addicted to sex, and this is acceptable to define these not so honest policemen, trying to make money in a very dishonest way, just to support their immoral activities. How are we going to describe Catholic Bishops that have two wives then? Their money to support their wives or lovers came from their parishioners? I am sure it did not come from Rome, that’s for sure.

  4. Subordinates, just follow their leaders, If their leaders are corrupt and womanizer, they just follow their leader’s behavior and conducts. nothing new to this issue. What happened to the good moral characters, that was taught to as when we were in grade school.

    • @REY
      GMRC was already abolished since 1972 when ML was declared by FM. I longed to see those days when i am still a child during the 1960’s when almost every body has respect to his neighbors and fellowmen. Now after that, a complete 180 degrees turn around and a perfect opposite of those yesteryears is happening everywhere you go. Moral breakdown is the norm of the day and people is asking and seeking good guidance from anyone who can provide the best answer into the moral fabric decay in this country. Even the church don’t have an answer …. maybe GOD can.