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Thursday, February 25, 2021

President Duterte says unscrupulous law enforcers have no place in gov’t service

Law enforcers involved in the drug trade, extortion and other misdeeds have no place in government and must be removed from service immediately, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte said on Wednesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the people after holding a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the Malacañang Golf (Malago) Clubhouse in Malacañang Park, Manila on February 24, 2021. KARL ALONZO/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

“If you are bribing or you are in the take that you can be bribed, you should not be there in the service at all. Hindi ako puwede akong magsabi niyang i-suspend lang kasi gagawa ito nang gagawa nang gagawa,” President Duterte said in a public address Wednesday.

“Those policemen, PNP, na ang mga kasalanan itong related sa drugs pati itong pera, malversation, there’s only one penalty there. They should not be in government. They should be out in the streets.”

The President made the pronouncement as he publicly named Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) personnel involved in anomalies resulting in their dismissal.

President Duterte wants the PDEA to come up with a list of dismissed employees so that the government can monitor their activities.

“Lalo na ‘yang law enforcement na kung sino ‘yong napatanggal kasi may suspetsa ako, hindi lang suspetsa, sigurado ako na gagawa ito ng milagro para to continue with this nefarious activity,” he said.

“These guys are really --- lalo na ‘yong tumanggap ng pera na sanay sa corruption, alam na nila ang laro. Gagawa ito ng mga paraan mabubuhay. And the easiest way to earn money is to practice the trade of bribery and in the releases at alam na kung paano --- sinong lapitan,” he stressed.

He ordered the drug enforcement agency to organize a team that will solely focus on tracking and monitoring dismissed personnel to know if they continue their criminal activity after being removed from service.

Among the PDEA personnel dismissed from service for grave misconduct and other offenses were Julius R. Navales, Director III; Erwin S. Ogario, Director III; Sherwin Herbert M. Manuel, Intelligence Officer IV; Reagan B. Silverio, Intelligence Officer I; and Hassan S. Muharam, Administrative Staff.   PND