The Philippine National Police (PNP) chief on Monday said some local government units (LGUs) are not supporting their police force in the government’s intensified campaign against illegal drugs.
“Generally, so far so good [the campaign has been]. [But there are some LGUs that are] lagging behind [in their]performance in our campaign against illegal drugs and criminality, “Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa told reporters in a chance interview after Monday’s flag-raising ceremony in Camp Crame, the PNP’s general headquarters, in Quezon City.
Heads of these LGUs, according to dela Rosa, “[could not care less about], are lukewarm to or [simply refuse to help their respective police forces in]the campaign against illegal drugs.”
The PNP chief said they will evaluate the police units of these LGUs within two to three months, warning that those found to be still be lagging behind in their performance in the anti-drug campaign “will be removed, from the level of Regional Director down to Chief of Police.”
He added that “entire police station[s]will be removed,” if their commanders continue to perform poorly.
“Police commanders [who have no balls]. Duwag [Cowards]. Ayaw kumilos [Won’t budge]. Ayaw lumaban [Won’t fight]. Gusto lang pumuwesto, gusto lang maging [Who only want their high posts, who only want to be] commander[s]for the sake of getting the benefits of being a commander… they are about to be changed,” dela Rosa said.
Meanwhile, he announced that the PNP is investigating allegations that some police personnel are involved in extrajudicial killings of suspected drug pushers and drug users.
When asked on how he would grade himself in the intensified campaign against illegal drugs, the PNP chief replied, “I’m still in the borderline of failure. If the passing grade is 75, maybe I’m at 70 and still needing five points… for this particular period, but I’m happy with that.”
President Rodrigo Duterte had given himself three to six months to rid the country of illegal drugs.