Duterte orders police, NBI purge


PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday barred the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) from all anti-drug operations and ordered a purge, saying he had lost trust in the two law enforcement agencies.

“As of now, there are no policemen in the entire country [enforcing drug laws], and I want to add even the NBI.

The bureau is suspended from enforcing drug laws. Kasali kayo kasi nawalan na ako ng tiwala sa inyo [You are included because I have lost my trust in you],” he said in remarks during the 38th National Convention of the Philippine Association of Water Districts in Davao City on Thursday.

“Many are still okay but the problem is, it’s a virulent thing. It’s like a virus that has really affected all the law enforcement,” the President added.

On Monday, Duterte announced that the PNP was no longer allowed to lead his campaign against illegal drugs.

He ordered a cleanup of the PNP following the killing of Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo at the hands of rogue police right inside the Camp Crame, the PNP headquarters in Quezon City. NBI agents have also been implicated in Jee’s killing.

NBI Director Dante Gierran on Thursday relieved four of his men amid a joint investigation with the PNP on the Jee case.

Ricardo Diaz. Roel Bolivar and Jose Yap were removed from their positions as Metro Manila director, chief of the anti-illegal drug task force and deputy director for investigation, respectively. Investigation Agent Darwin Lising was reassigned to the Bicol region.

Sixto Burgos is the new deputy director for investigation and Vicente de Guzman Jr. the deputy director for intelligence.

Replacing Bolivar is Jonathan Galicia who will go to the clearance division.

Earlier this week, the NBI presented “volunteer” Jerry Omlang, 36, who allegedly conducted surveillance on Jee.

Omlang was identified as “Jerry” in the charge sheet filed before an Angeles City court where the main accused are Supt. Raphael Dumlao and Senior Police Officer 3 Ricky Santa Isabel, a subordinate of the former.

PDEA to take lead

Duterte said the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), with the coordination of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), would lead government efforts to combat illegal drugs.

Duterte said he may issue either a proclamation or an executive order, allowing only the PDEA, with the help of the AFP, to address the drug menace in the country.

“I still have to write a proclamation, executive order, but I have taken in the AFP and [will]raise the issue of drugs as a national security threat. So that they can call all the Armed Forces to assist,” he said.

The PDEA was formed as the lead agency in the enforcement of the anti-drug law. Under Section 86 of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, the PNP’s Narcotics Group, the NBI’s Narcotics Division, and the Bureau of Customs’ Narcotics Interdiction Unit were abolished.

On June 18, 2003, Malacañang issued Executive Order 218, authorizing the PNP and other agencies performing drug law enforcement and prevention functions – prior to the enactment of RA 9165 – to organize anti-drug task forces to support the PDEA.



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  1. I really surprise why the church are so critical of Duterte. Corruption was endemic already during the last 40 years but they were so blind of whats happening in the country. I remenber to talk to a bishop before about the decipline we need but he told outright its not possible in the Phils because our attachment with relative friend. I hope the critic will help the govt on pinpointing corruption just like showing the shadow work made by DPWH, contractor andany govt agencies that give the people they serve a hard time. We know that a lot of them like Register of Deed, DENR NSO LTO to name a few so that we can at least eradicate this scalawag who has been milking the people. You can see and people I hear thats this is normal to Phil society. Its rediculous and poor people suffer. No wonder we have NPA

  2. Party loyalty trumping Filipinos’ welfare – Less the latest move by the president ordering the police and NBI purge be used to undermine the administration again, couldn’t the Yellow party, Human Rights organization, the church, media etc., for once put the welfare of the Filipinos first and party affiliation last. With the mess that the previous administration left behind, it is a wonder how President Duterte can cope with all the headaches he has to face. Yet he is showing time-and- time again how resolute and firm he is as a leader. We have here a president who is showing a sincere desire to change things for the better for Filipinos by fighting the scourge of drugs and corruption. Maybe that is what is coming through for most people, that is why he continues to draw unprecedented widespread support (you’d only need to check the comments online.) For sure he cannot do it alone and he faces a difficult road ahead with the entrenched corrupt system of government. Doesn’t this trump any party loyalty, and shouldn’t it give pause, especially to the politicians, where the sentiments of the common people lie? Help him instead of hindering him, so that the country for once can move forward.

  3. Ordinary people keep on asking , why only the drug addicts and drug pushers are killed in operation tokhang ?
    Why do the high officials involved in the drugs not killed? The reason here is very simple—police forces operate on buy-bust. It is simply not applicable to them.

    Let me ask you one thing , if you are a congressman or a senator involved in the drugs trade , would you kill your own peers?
    I don’t think a senator is going to sacrifice his or her own equal , instead , the lowly addicts and drug pushers are the best alternatives , for they mean nothing to him or to her.

    Supposed a president is given the green light by the law to kill those involved , do you think he will go for the impoverished addicts and pushers? Of course not! A high official or perhaps somebody much higher is the best target. It would be a death blow for the drug syndicates.

    If I were the one who will be allowed to kill , why do i need to console myself killing cockroaches , if I could bring down a monster!

    This only shows that the incumbent president has nothing to do with the extra-judicial killings.
    Those officials from the previous administration who are very much involved in the illegal drug trade are the ones ordering the massacre of ordinary addicts and pushers.
    You will not fail to note that no high-ranking officials became victims of extra-judicial killings.
    It is because those extra hired killers and police scalawags respect their high officials because they are their benefactors. So , is there a reason to kill their higher-ups?
    Some of these high profile officials are still very much around because they won in the last election.

    They are very much angry with Duterte , the reason they kill with impunity under the guise of extra-judicial killings hoping that , by doing so , the ruling president will succumb to worldwide condemnation.

    Therefore it is high time for the cleansing of our police force and the NBI because it turned out they are serving the drug syndicates.

  4. Ok lets give him a chance. But I want Bato demoted and removed as PNP chief. this guy is immature and low IQ. He is insulting the public intelliegence by punishing cops who commit crime with push ups and assigning in Mindanao. these PNP criminals belong to the prison and dismissed. this Bato is really stupid. the IQ tests for PNP cadet applicants should be raised. We have a lot of low IQ PNP officials creating disasters for the country like Purisima, Bato Napoles, Dumlao, sta Isabel, Manca, etc. these PNP officials belong to jail. and yet they are scott free.

  5. If we depend on the Holy Bible for a wise decision, we have to distinguish the following:

    1. For PHYSICAL LIFE referring to “political, economic, social, and scientific matters”, God gave us HUMAN WISDOM to apply it to the fullest extent. These all ends in the grave.

    2. For SPIRITUAL LIFE referring to the SOUL, God CONDEMNS “human wisdom” for this pertains to salvation. And so, this is what we hear from JESUS CHRIST;

    Matthew 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and BECOME AS LITTLE CHILDREN, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

    2 Timothy_3:15 And that FROM A CHILD thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

    Luke 10:21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast HID THESE THINGS FROM THE WISE AND PRUDENT, and hast REVEALED THEM UNTO BABES: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.

  6. The bottom line is we have a well-meaning president who truly has his heart for his country. Yes, he is hard-headed,often behaves badly, is ill-mannered and even mischievous at times but he has a kind of resoluteness in him that propels him like a speeding, unswerving torpedo heading straight for his target. Let us give President DU30 more space. After all, he is here to stay for the next 5 years more, whether we like him or not. He is the only one who has the stomach to fight the drug war, given his deep hatred for this menace..Surely, we do not want him to stop this war, do we ? Maybe; what we can do is to help him fight it within the bounds of the constitution and the law. There are people around him who can sway his thoughts. Maybe, they can help him by providing good and honest advice instead of trying to defend him, knowing fully well he is wrong.

    • agree. if this thing happened under the previous philippine presidents, ah they would only shrug their shoulders and let the issue subsides gradually giving false hope to the victim’s relatives.

    • Carlotta Fuentes on

      Your comment is well explained, well said! It is about time to focus on appreciation and be thankful that the President has indeed made better changes in PH. I believe the present administration are doing their best in spite of many obstacles; allegations and hard critiques, They still continue to fight for the better of the Nation. I think they deserve a big Thanks and full support! Mabuhay!

  7. To pnoy, leni robredo, leila delima, trillanes and the rest of the yellow menace. To their foreign co-conspirators Loida Nicolas Lewis and others in the US. To the yellow media ABSCBN, GMA, Inquirer, Philstar, Rappler, SWS, Pulse Asia and their foreign friends. To the CBCP, Amnesty International, UN, EU, HRW and the rest of the bleeding hearts. To the Filipino people and the rest of the world, watch this and say that our President Duterte is wrong: Crystal Meth and Cartels in the Philippines: The Shabu Trap: http://video.vice.com/en_us/video/Crystal-Meth-and-Cartels-in-the-Philippines-The-Shabu-Trap/566950e5b0454e0b5f663e53

  8. Pres. duterte is right in abolishing the power of the pnp and nbi in conducting illegal drugs opn. How many millions of pesos did the pnp and nbi took from the drug lords in exchange for letting them off the hook. The pres is right that it likes a virus contaminating the whole organization. Imbes na tulangan ang presidente bulsa nila ang timutulungan. I am a no fan of duterte but i think he is a nationalistic pres doing fine to rid the country of corruption. There are also weekly payola from gambling lords that is a source of corruption amounting to million of pesos. It takes a lot of guts to rid this country of corruption. Its a social cancer that has been lingering on for decades,

  9. “Long live” to a LEADER who has the SINCERITY and POLITICAL WILL to “do what is RIGHT” for the GENERAL WELFARE of the people. This is what GOD says in the Holy Bible.

    Submission to the Authorities

    Revealed to Apostle PETER:

    • 1 Peter 2:13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;

    • 1 Peter 2:14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.

    • 1 Peter 2:15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:

    • 1 Peter 2:16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.

    Revealed to Apostle PAUL:

    • Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

    • Romans 13:2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

    • Romans 13:3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

    • Romans 13:4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

  10. Nancy Rodriguez on

    And what do you Rodrigo Duterte have to say to the thousands killed by the police?

    Let us begin the purge by you Rodrigo resigning from the Presidency. You do not deserve to be the leader of Filipinos!

    Kasali ka kasi nawalan na kami (oo kami) ng tiwala sa iyo [You are included because we have lost our trust in you]

    • Your disrespectful comment addressed to President Digong shows you are only fired by your irresponsible hatred against him and you are not one of them who made him win a landslide victory in the last election. It is very clear you are one of the yellowtards who cannot accept that you already lost a political battle with Marimar as your idol. To tell you frankly, if Mar Roxas won in that election, shabu laboratories would now be found proliferating anywhere in the country even in Malacanang. Even your Lolo and your Lola can now become drug addicts as Roxas, like his master BS Aquino, allowed the drug lords to rule the whole country during his 6-year term and you will be thankful it was President Digong who won the election to address the pressing problem about illegal drugs. The lives lost in the war against illegal drugs waged by President Digong are those of people involved in illegal drugs. But before the time of Digong it was the other way around as it was the innocent people who were mercilessly killed by drug addicts.

    • Only you Nancy Rodriguez and don’t include the majority of us who trust this President …. you are a fault finder and no way you will accept that this President is doing good for the country. I am for one don’t vote for him in the national elections but the way he is doing now, all i can say he passed it by flying colors. If you hate him then it is your call but don’t always include us or you will be bashed left and right and just shut up.

    • NANCY do you know how to think? OR ikaw na lang kaya presidente ng PILIPINAS..kc galing mo pala…(dumakdak) puro mali naman ang sinasabi mo..tagalog na nga mali-mali pa rin… ehhhh.. yang mental mo pa kaya ang magimg tama…

    • FYI, Nancy Rodriguez, he is not resigning as he has the mandate of the people, is that not clear to you??

    • ungas ikaw lang nawalan ng tiwala tsaka mga dilawan. Mas maganda na yang sinasabi nyo na 7,000 plus na napatay na mga addict, user, pusher kesa naman 7,000 na mga biktima nila. At kahit hindi dumaan sa due process at korte, halos lahat naman ng nakausap at kamag anak na lumantad na sinasabing bikitima yung kamag anak nilang napatay e aminado naman silang lahat na kesyo dating nagbebenta pero tumigil na daw, hindi daw pusher pero user lang daw. Point is nasa droga pa din sila naka linya kaya tama lng na napatay sila.

    • Nah, we’d rather you go first in that purge; delima and co second; the rest of the yellow politicians and officials third; and pres DU30 never. Get lost Nancy.