THE Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to purge its ranks of rogue officers who are believed to be involved in the illegal drug trade either as protectors or dealers themselves.
A police intelligence officer based in Camp Crame in Quezon City on Thursday disclosed that they “already have a list of police officers” who are suspected to be engaged in illegal drug activities directly or indirectly.
The intelligence officer requested that he not be named because he was not authorized to speak on the matter.
On the list, he said, are those with the rank of “Police Officer One (PO1) up to Police Superintendent” which is equivalent to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the military.
“What we have here now is a list of at least 1,500 police officers who are involved in illegal drug activities and they are… spread all over the country,” the intelligence officer added.
He said they had received information that police officers in the lower level of distribution of illegal drugs have started to lie low in their activities.
The purge could start once President-elect and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte assumes power on June 3o.
Duterte has considered the illegal drug problem as an emergency concern for the country.
He said he would ask the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to provide support to the PNP in the campaign against illegal drugs.
The AFP, according to the President-elect, will also serve as his eyes to pinpoint police personnel who are serving as protectors of suspected drug lords and who themselves are into illegal drug activities.