Mayor wants names of cops in drug trade-A A +A
Saturday, July 5, 2014
CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama has ordered Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) Director Senior Supt. Noli Romana to get the names of police personnel who are allegedly receiving money from drug dealers.
‚ÄúThey should look for that,‚ÄĚ Rama told reporters.
His statement came after a bluebook with ‚Äúpulis‚ÄĚ written inside was seized from the house of a suspected drug dealer in Barangay Pasil last Thursday.
‚ÄúIf proven that they are part of the list of those who are receiving money, no mercy will be given to them,‚ÄĚ the mayor said.
Although his administration is supportive of the Philippine National Police (PNP) by providing vehicles, fuel and other equipment, Rama said he has been firm on his stand on erring policemen from the start.
The City also gives CCPO personnel a monthly allowance of P4,000.
The joint anti-narcotics operation in Barangays Pasil and Ermita last Thursday resulted in the arrest of six people and the confiscation of illegal drugs with an estimated street value of P2 million.
Romana, for his part, said they will coordinate with the Regional Anti-intelligence Division Special Operations Task Group (RAIDSOTG) to identify the policemen mentioned in the bluebook.
Romana admitted they have not received any information about police involvement in the illegal drug trade in Pasil.
However, he assured that their intelligence units will get information on the matter, which he will relay to the RAIDSOTG.
San Nicolas Police Chief Chuck Barandog said police getting involved in the illegal drug trade can happen in any area, adding that his station is willing to help in the investigation.
The City Intelligences Branch has released a statement that an investigation will be conducted to find out if policemen are indeed involved in the illegal drugs trade.
In a related development, Rama also commended Police Regional Office 7 under the administration of Chief Supt. Prudencio Tom Ba√Īas following the series of raids conducted in the city and the entire province that resulted in the arrests of several suspected drug peddlers.
‚ÄúIt has been known that drugs are proliferating not just in Cebu City but in other cities as well,‚ÄĚ he said.
The mayor has reiterated his challenge to the PNP to catch the ‚Äúbig fish‚ÄĚ behind the drug business in Cebu and to pinpoint the locations of its drug laboratories.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 05, 2014.