OF PMGEN GUILLERMO LORENZO T ELEAZAR
DURING THE MEETING WITH ALL DRUG ENFORCEMENT UNIT COMMANDERS OF NCRPO REGARDING “ONE STRIKE POLICY” IMPLEMENTATION
Friends from the Media, ladies and gentlemen,
The issue of recycling of drugs by rogue cops has been raised once again and has been in the air for the past several days.
While I have denied and stated that it is not a prevalent practice anymore, I have also said that this may still probably exist, but in isolated cases and not rampant as alleged.
Late last week, I visited Director Aquino in the PDEA office, to ask for the list of the 7 cops allegedly recycling drugs to supply to a drug queen. We cleared the air off any misunderstanding and committed to continue to work together for the good of our country.
I truly appreciated and was grateful to Director Aquino for giving me the names of the 7 police scalawags in his list. Honestly, as it turns out, we have the same names in our own watch list, on which the 2 of the names in the list have been dead for some time then another 2 have been dismissed and one retired with two names pertaining to one person, they are not cops anymore. There are also those unidentified by both of our units.
I have often stated and state here again that we consistently monitor our ranks and watch out for ugly practices of our men. We have dealt with rogue cops severely, not only with drug recycling practices but also in other drug related malpractices such as hulidaps and kidnap for ransom case and we shall continue to do so with the relentless intent to dismiss these evil men from the PNP and put them in jail for a long time.
Yesterday, no less than our honorable Secretary of the DILG, Secretary Eduardo Año voiced out his opposition to unfounded allegations of rampant drug recycling by policemen. So did our own PNP CHIEF PGEN OSCAR ALBAYADE.
Lest our countrymen get misled and lest our police force in the NCRPO forget, I am reminding everyone that when I was newly assigned in QCPD I relieved all the men assigned in the Drug Enforcement Unit of the District as well as those in their respective stations. Including several involved in other offenses, I believe I relieved some 470 cops because I could not accept that these men have not been contaminated by the drug corruption disease in the DEU’s. Then, I also recall, that as a policy, the replacements of all these officers and men in the Drug Enforcement Units had to be screened carefully and stringently. No cop with any linkage to previous members that were relieved would be accepted in the DEU’s. I maintain the same policy and orders in the NCRPO.
Wherefore, I am reiterating today my one strike policy for the guidance of our officers and men within and outside the Drug Enforcement Units. One miss of any of your men you are out including your unit commander.
I have relieved some of our commanders before because of command responsibility and I will not hesitate to do so again if need be. So, please monitor your men, take note of any dubious behavior or change in lifestyle, so you won’t get burned as commander.
I would like to close by thanking all of you for being here, including our Media friends. And to all our commanders and men in the field, I trust you and believe in you. Let’s go out there and get the job done!