THE Manila Police District had identified 32 high-value illegal drug suspects, some of them village officials.
MPD Director Joel Napoleon Coronel said his men are closely monitoring the movements of the suspects who are either drug protectors or big time drug dealers. He said some are hiding in the provinces.
“Some of these high-value suspects are elected and appointed officials serving the government in official capacity. Yes, some are chairmen and councilors,” Coronel told reporters at a news forum in Ermita, Manila.
The MPD chief said they also identified 16 police officers who resell confiscated illegal drugs. He however refused to name them.
“All the 16 were transferred to the Cordillera, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, and Caraga Region (Surigao and Agusan provinces),” he said.
President Rodrigo Duterte recently offered P2 million reward for the arrest of policemen who resell seized illegal drugs.
At the same time, Coronel said the MPD is investigating the killing of 36 people to ind out if these were drug related or not.
“Usually, we consider three angles in those questionable deaths like rival gangs, involving scalawag policemen clearing their ranks, and eliminating their sources,” he said.
These deaths are separate from the killing of 191 drug suspects were killed during legitimate police operations.
Coronel said the MPD aims to convince 150,000 of the estimated 400,000 drug users in the city to surrender within one year. So far, 13,455 drug users have turned themselves in.