OVER 1,500 policemen including a general is on the Philippine National Police (PNP) Counter Intelligence Task Force (CITF) watch list for their involvement in several illegal activities, a police official said Thursday, March 8.
CITF director Senior Superintendent Chiquito Malayo said the officers on the watch list were alleged to be involved in several illegal activities such as extortion, kidnapping, illegal gambling and illegal drugs based on the complaints they received through their hotline.
He said the highest rank among those on the watch list is the one-star general while majority of those are Police Officers 1.
Malayo said the one-star general, whom he refused to name, was allegedly involved in illegal gambling and protecting other illegal activities in his area. These allegations are being validated.
“I think we received two reports about that personnel (one-star rank). That was in the early months of our operation at hindi pa naman ulit nadugtungan up to this time,” he said.
“Wala pa kaming nakuhang evidence sa kanya. If we look at it nasa mataas na ‘yun so ‘yung kasi makita natin evidence sa baba ‘yung mga tao. Probably ‘yung iba naming nahuli ay related doon but directly to that person mahirap i-prove ‘yung offense nya for protecting illegal activities,” he added.
(We do not have evidence against him. It would be difficult to prove the offense.)
The CITF was created in January 2017 to carry out PNP’s intensified campaign against erring policemen.
Earlier, the CITF said it arrested 60 police personnel who were caught red handed.
Malayo said the complaints they received against policemen slightly went down after President Rodrigo Duterte approved the salary increase for uniformed personnel.
He said they will continue to gather information against erring policemen and conduct operations against them. (SunStar Philippines)