The Philippine National Police (PNP) is taking seriously the allegation that three police generals are involved in illegal drug activities.
“We appeal for those who have information of illegal activities of our personnel to provide us sufficient information and evidence necessary for us to file charges against them and subsequently impose to them the appropriate punishment,” said PNP chief Director General Ricardo Marquez.
The statement was in reaction to a statement attributed to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte that three police generals are into the drug trade. The presidential candidate did not name names.
For his part, Marquez said they do not tolerate policemen, from the highest rank down to the lowest cops, in the involvement of any illegal activities.
“The PNP does not tolerate any member of the organization who violates the law, as he is not worthy to wear our uniform and should be removed from our ranks,” said Marquez. “In fact, one of the most important pillars of our anti-drug strategy is internal cleansing.”
Asked about Duterte’s allegation, PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor said they have not received any information about it.
“I hope the accusations can be substantiated. The information should be validated as we should have tight case against them,” said Mayor in a press briefing at Camp Crame in Quezon City.
He then assured that no special treatment will be given to those who would be found involved in illegal activities, regardless of the rank.
“There is no VIP treatment. It is grave misconduct, we take this seriously. They are not worthy to wear our PNP uniform,” said Mayor.