“It’s just their defense to tarnish our operatives’ credibility.”

This is how Supt. Royina Garma, chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 7 described the complaint that three of their operatives conducted a bogus buy-bust against Rodolfo Ramos.

Ramos’ wife Perlita was the one who filed the complaint with the National Police Commission (Napolcom) 7 and sent a copy to the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7.

In her affidavit, Perlita alleged that the operatives planted drugs when CIDG 7 operatives raided their house on Aug. 25 last year.

The CIDG 7 regional chief said they welcome the Napolcom investigation.

“Welcome tayo pero always above everything, the presumption is there that my personnel legally and lawfully implemented the operation,” she told SunStar Cebu.

She directed the accused team to check the case folder again for any irregularities that Perlita is complaining about.

“In our line of work, we have anticipated these things to happen because these people can pay other people to go after police officers just to simply allege that there is a planting of evidence, there’s an irregularity in the performance of duty. That is why they are called an organized crime group,” Garma said.

Garma said these groups find ways to demoralize the police force even before President Rodrigo Duterte declared the war against drugs.

This, she said, is the first line of defense of drug personalities to divert the focus of the police.

“It’s not actually new on my part, those claims of planting of evidence. They will tarnish the credibility of the law enforcers just for them to succeed in their illegal drug trade,” she said.

But it won’t deter the CIDG 7 from running after the region’s most wanted persons and criminal groups, which is their focus now after Duterte suspended the anti-drug campaign of the Philippine National Police (PNP) following the “tokhang for ransom” controversy.