Protection racket?

A CEBU City official asked leaders of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) to investigate police officers allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade, which he said was rampant in 10 of 80 villages.

Councilor Dave Tumulak said yesterday he has the names of nine police officers who reportedly accept bribes from drug personalities, in exchange for protection.

“Dunay mga pulis mangadto sa suyopanan, sa balay sa pusher kay kuno mangolekta (Some police operatives go to drug dens or the homes of pushers, allegedly to collect),” he said. The councilor said he has heard from residents who grew suspicious because they kept seeing the same officers going to some pushers’ homes or associating with them in public.

The police operatives on his list are non-commissioned officers, whose ranks range from police officer 1 to senior police officer 4.

He will give the list of the officers’ names today to Senior Supt. Conrad Capa, CCPO officer-in-charge.

Tumulak said that some barangay officials decided to speak out and identify who the officers are and where they are assigned.

Capa assured Tumulak he will conduct an inquiry to verify the reports.

Tumulak, for now, declined to name the barangays so he wouldn’t jeopardize any police operations in response to the tip.

“Seryoso ta sa mga police nga badlungon (We are dead serious about acting against erring cops),” he told reporters yesterday. Those found to have erred should be removed from Cebu City, he added.

Senior Supt. Pablo Labra II, chief of the Regional Intelligence Division (RID), said some of the barangays in Cebu City where the sale of illegal drugs is rampant are Duljo Fatima, Pasil, Ermita, Calamba and Pulangbato.

Councilor Tumulak visited Capa’s office yesterday and thanked the official for deploying 10 policemen to Barangay Inayawan, where 20 shooting incidents happened in the past few months.

The Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 has intensified its anti-illegal drug campaign and reported a higher number of arrests of drug personalities, with 538 this year to 364 people in 2014, Sun.Star Cebu recently reported.

In the last two months, the police’s campaign against illegal drugs in Central Visayas resulted in the confiscation of almost P23 million worth of shabu, about P13 million higher than what they confiscated in the same period last year.

Tumulak said that the police should not compromise their jobs and honor by transacting with drug pushers.

“Tarongon gyud nila ilang trabaho (They should do their jobs very well),” he said.

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