SEVEN police officers are being monitored for their alleged involvement in the recycling of seized illegal drugs, National Capital Region Police Office chief Guillermo Eleazar said on Tuesday.
The policemen were also suspected to have links with a “drug queen” in Manila.
Eleazar said the seven personalities include a retired chief master sergeant, while the others were patrolmen.
One of the five patrolmen is the brother of the alleged drug queen.
A matrix presented by Eleazar showed that the group of “ninja” policemen was founded by the staff sergeant.
Eleazar said the drug queen was a former barangay (village) head in Sampaloc, Manila.
He noted, however, that she could have left the country.
The police official said the drug queen’s husband is a former village head.
Eleazar also bared that five of the 22 policemen included in the watch list of the Philippine National Police (PNP) were from Metro Manila; two were police commissioned officers, while three were police non-commissioned officers.
He supported the claim of Aaron Aquino, head of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, that the illegal drugs collected by the drug queen could be worth billions of pesos.
The drug-recycling activities of the group could have started before President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office.
Eleazar reminded the heads of drug enforcement units in Metro Manila of the PNP’s “one strike policy” to ensure zero tolerance of policemen involved in illegal drugs.
Under the policy, the head of a drug enforcement unit will immediately be relieved if one of his men was caught selling or using illegal drugs.