The incoming chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Chief Supt. Ronald de la Rosa, said the three senior police officials accused of involvement in illegal drugs belong to the upper classes of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).
De la Rosa, who belongs to PMA Class of 1986, confirmed that the police officials linked to the drug trade are his upperclassmen in the premiere military academy.
The three senior officials have earlier been asked by President Rodrigo Duterte to quit before he formally assumed his post.
De la Rosa declined to identify the police officials, but he said they are still in active service. He said he will talk to these three senior police officials once he officially takes over the top police post.
However, he admitted that they still don’t have any strong evidence to pin down the three officials.
De la Rosa said he will convince them “not to tarnish the image of the PNP and not to wait for us to release evidence against them.”
“After this diplomatic talk, we will file the necessary charges against these three police generals and give them a chance to defend themselves as part of due process,” he added.
The incoming PNP chief said these senior police officials should not wait for evidence to be presented against them and that they must voluntarily retire or quit from their respective.
A police intelligence officer based in Camp Crame, the national headquarters of the PNP in Quezon City, said that two of these police officials being probed for their alleged drug links are based in Camp Crame.
“Two of them are based here in Camp Crame and the other one is assigned at the National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO),” the intelligence officer said. He also refused to identify the police officials so as not to jeopardize the counter intelligence operations being conducted by the PNP.