PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ricardo Marquez on Monday said no evidence has so far been found to support allegations that some police generals are involved in illegal drugs trade.
Marquez said the police agency had investigated reports linking police officials to illegal drugs activities but found no evidence against them so far.
“A big part of our campaign against [illegal]drugs is internal cleansing,” Marquez told reporters in Camp Crame. “But [even]now, the work is still in progress… and we haven’t seen any evidence that would support the involvement of active generals.”
“Our campaign against illegal drugs has become more aggressive. Like I said, we haven’t gathered any evidence that would support allegations that there are some active generals that are involved in illegal drugs,” he reiterated.
He issued the statement a few days after President-elect Rodrigo Duterte said he knew of three generals in the police force being involved in illegal drugs trade and urged them to step down or he would name and shame them.
Marquez admitted that they have received reports about the involvement of some police officials in illegal drugs trade and these reports have been validated by the PNP’s Intelligence Group.
He said special teams of the PNP’s Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG) in the Visayas are validating raw information linking these police officials to illegal drugs activities.
The PNP chief added that the campaign against illegal drugs was temporarily shelved in the first semester of 2016 when the election campaign period started.