AUTHORITIES arrested before dawn Wednesday, March 7, a Quezon City police officer and two other persons in a drug bust.
Police Officer (PO) 1 Adrian Patrick Pinalas, a member of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Public Safety Battalion administrative section, was arrested along with Christian Gayl Villanueva Pangilinan and Jenalyn de Luna Jeriza at around 12:10 a.m. in Barangay Nangka, Marikina City by members of the Station Drug Enforcement Unit of the Marikina City Police District.
Recovered from the suspects were five pieces of transparent plastic sachets containing suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, and the P1000 bill used as buy bust money.
The suspects were brought to the Eastern Police District, where they underwent drug testing while appropriate charges were being prepared against them.
QCPD director Guillermo Eleazar said he ordered the relief of Pinalas' immediate superior for command responsibility.
"The PNP does not tolerate irregularities of its members and has zero tolerance and no compromise on our personnel involved in illegal drugs. They will suffer the full consequence of their actions and have no reason to stay as members of our organization," he said.
Meanwhile, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Oscar Albayalde assured the dismissal of the erring policemen after undergoing due process.
"We will show no mercy to this people who are using drugs at saka nagtutulak (and selling) especially uniformed personnel," he said.
Albayalde noted that their continuous intelligence operations to weed out the scalawags from the PNP.
On Tuesday, the commander of the Fairview Police Station 5 and the chief of the station’s anti-drug unit were both relieved after one of their men, Police Officer 1 Gabby Tumaliuan Bulan, tested positive for illegal drugs use after undergoing surprise drug testing in Camp Karingal on February 19.
On the other hand, Manila PO2 Omar Malinao was also put behind bars after he "accidentally" shot and killed a 13-year-old boy in Tondo Manila.
Albayalde said at least 70 police personnel are on their watchlist for alleged involvement in illegal activities such as extortion, kidnapping and illegal drugs. (SunStar Philippines)