A CITY police official said the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) will be listing down the scalawags within its ranks which will then be forwarded to the newly-formed Counter-Intelligence Task Force (CITF).
CITF is the unit formed earlier this week by Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa that is tasked to weed out the undesirables in the national police force.
Cocpo spokesperson Chief Inspector Mardy Hortillosa II said they will be validating information about rogue policemen and their involvement in all types of illegal activities.
He said once a police will be listed, investigators will then tail and monitor his or her activities to secure proof and evidences.
But Hortillosa said they have not yet received the specific guidelines on how to cleanse the PNP ranks of all police scalawags.
Hortillosa also said the 100-strong CITF, to be headed by former Zamboanga Police chief Senior Superintendent Jose Chiquito Malayo, will most likely be composed of representatives from the police regional offices.
"Siguro well represented gyud na kay kinsa man mag-investigate sa kada region. Kung wala man gani makuha sa region, naa gyud ibutang lain para mag-monitor sa mga activities sa mga rogue cops (It's well-presented because there is an investigator every region. If they get nothing, somebody will monitor the activities of the rogue cops)," Hortillosa said.
Northern Mindanao police spokesperson Superintendent Surki Sereñas also said the Police Regional Office's counter-intelligence unit maintains the list of rogue cops.
Sereñas declined to state how many policemen are on the list but said the same list may be forwarded to the CITF.
Hortillosa said that President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to the Armed Forces of the Philippines to arrest policemen involved in criminality and illegal activities is a welcome development.
Captain Joe Patrick Martinez, spokesperson of the 4th Infantry Division, likewise said they will follow orders of President Rodrigo Duterte being the commander-in-chief but will wait for the details on how to carry out the order.
"There is no question about it kung commander in chief ang nagsabi (If the commander-in-chief said it himself). The military will always follow orders," Martinez said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on February 03, 2017.