EVisayas police tagged by Espinosa placed in freezer

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THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday ordered the National Police Commission (Napolcom) to probe members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) named by drug kingpin Rolando “Kerwin” Espinosa Jr. in a Senate inquiry as “protectors” of the illegal drug trade.

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa (L) talks to Kerwin Espinosa (R), son of the late mayor Rolando Espinosa during the Senate drug hearing at the Senate building in Manila./ AFP / NOEL CELIS

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa (L) talks to Kerwin Espinosa (R), son of the late mayor Rolando Espinosa during the Senate drug hearing at the Senate building in Manila./ AFP / NOEL CELIS

“This is a serious matter, and it is incumbent upon the DILG through the Napolcom being the overseer of the PNP to immediately look and check the veracity of the allegations against our ranking police officers,” DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno said in a statement.

Sueno backed the Senate investigation being led by Sen. Panfilo Lacson, a former PNP chief, saying the probe would eventually shed light on the alleged involvement of some police officers and local officials in drugs.

“We welcome the Senate probe on the issue because we also want to know the truth,” he said.

The DILG chief said he believes only a handful of police officers were involved in the drug trade, and “those rotten eggs do not define the whole PNP organization which lives by the ideals of service, integrity and discipline.”

Sueno said PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa had placed on floating status the Eastern Visayas police officers named by Espinosa in Wednesday’s inquiry of Lacson’s Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs.

They are confined at the Personnel and Holding and Accounting Unit of the PNP’s Camp Crame headquarters, the DILG said. The PNP Internal Affairs Service is also conducting its own investigation.

At one point during the inquiry, de la Rosa turned emotional and held back tears amid Espinosa’s revelations.
Earlier, Sueno said the arrest of Espinosa and Ronnie Dayan, the former driver-bodyguard and alleged bagman of Sen. Leila de Lima who is being linked by the government to the drug trade at the national penitentiary, would fast-track the investigation of drug-related cases against local officials and other personalities.

Among the names mentioned by Espinosa during the Senate inquiry were Supt. Marvin Marcos, head of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Eastern Visayas, Chief Insp. Leo Laraga, Chief Insp. Wilfredo Abordo, Police Officer 3 Dennis Torrefiel and Chief Supt. Asher Dolina, former director of the Eastern Visayas police.

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  1. in all the senate/house of representative hearings, did anyone among the legislators asked – WHY DIDN’T THEY (THAT IS, THOSE POLICE-CIDG CONTINGENT) TURN ON THE LIGHTS IN THE JAIL CELL AREA WHEN SERVING THE WARRANT to SEARCH FOR THE SO-CALLED GUN? the cidg police admitted though he fatally shot the mayor several times under the kindness of a single flash in the darkness of the jail cell. well, isn’t it that warrants are meant to be read by the respondent? lights off! that is!!!

  2. Here in Canada whenever police personnel got involved in a shady deals, they got suspended right away prior to the outcome of the proper investigation either with pay or depending the gravity of the wrongdoing. My advice to our government also that the base pay of our military personnel should be improve. So that they will not tempted by the glitters of drug money

  3. What’s wrong with this picture? The Chief of PNP, highest ranking police officer of the country, talking to the alleged biggest drug kingpin, appearing like saying “Follow the script or else you will suffer the same fate as your father. Tandaan mo yan”. Is he coaching Kerwin on what to say at these hearings?

    What a zarsuela! Directed by the Senate, acting the PNP Chief, the incompetent Senators, Wig-guire and directed from behind the scenes by the mayor from Davao.

    Was Gen. Bato ever schooled on the optics on how pictures are perceived? It’s really difficult to fathom what’s going on on the brains of the so called leaders of the government…. Or do they really care about the public?

  4. The circus of the PNP. I just can’t comprehend the lava pace investigations done by PNP and how it disciplines its ranks. Have we not heard of “RETRAINING” of erring cops, then back to their jobs??? Here in the US, bad cops are FIRED EXPEDITIOUSLY and will never get accepted by any police agency ever again.

    In the Philippines, the president absolves the police of any wrongdoing even before the investigations are started…. Only in the Philippines, circus galore!

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