Joseph Estrada has ordered Manila Police District (MPD) acting director Senior Supt. Joel Coronel to investigate 10 “ninja” police officers who allegedly raked in millions by reselling confiscated illegal drugs.
Estrada directed Coronel to conduct a “deeper background investigation and lifestyle check” of the police officers whose names were not disclose to media.
“This is the time MPD should prove that they are really “Manila’s Finest”. They have to weed out their members who are into drugs,” said the mayor.
“To do that, they should first check on the lifestyle and personal assets of all the personnel, especially those who have long been suspected of involvement in illicit activities. Identify them and charge them in court and kick them out of the police force,” he added.
Estrada summoned Coronel after Chief Insp. Roberto Palisoc, supposedly a member of the MPD Station 7, appeared in the list of illegal drug protectors released by President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday.
Coronel said Palisoc left the MPD in 2011.
“Our records show that Chief Insp. Roberto Palisoc was formerly assigned to MPD Station 7 in Abad Santos, Tondo. But since January 2011, he has been transferred outside MPD and reassigned to NCRPO (National Capital Region Police Office),” he said.
Palisoc retired from the Philippine National Police (PNP) on February 1, 2016.
Coronel said the MPD is preparing legal action against the 10 “ninja”
policemen, a term used for police operatives assigned to conduct operations against illegal drugs but who resell a big portion of the seized contraband.
“We are hoping we’ll be able to take action against them or at the very least have them transferred or reassigned outside MPD,” Coronel said.
“After we have compiled our evidence, we’ll file a case against them,” he added.