Nine ‘ninja cops’ in Central Visayas sacked
CEBU, Philippines — At least nine alleged “ninja cops” in Central Visayas have been dismissed from the service since last year after they were tested positive of illegal drug use and found to have recycled their confiscated drugs for personal use.
Those who were terminated from the police service are PO2 Jose Marri Garcia, PO1 Merlo Daclan Laborte, PO3 Jeofrey S. Mulat, PO1 Jayrome C. Solano, PO1 Frances D. Maucesa, PO2 Gilfredo S. Carungay, PO2 Greggy G. Gica, PO1 Joseph Sala Tabo-Tabo, and SPO1 Darwin Minor Gonzales.
Police Regional Office-7 director Brigadier General Debold Sinas clarified that these police officers only used their confiscated drugs and did not recycle for resale.
“Oo naa na, naa nakoy gipirmahan,” Sinas said referring to the dismissal order of the said police officers.
“Actually our ninja cops, tinuod to’ng giistorya ni Chief PNP na wala natay ninja cops nga naay conspiracy or kanang naay grupo ang mga ninja cop nato more on personal, pa isa-isa nalang,” he added.
Sinas explained that there may be cops involved in illegal drug trade but they are operating on their own and not as part of a syndicate. He admitted that it is difficult to just dismiss them by mere suspicion and rumor without solid evidence.
“Before ko mag-alleged sa usa ka tawo kailangang confirmed kasi kung wala kasing confirmatory or wala kay ebidensiya sa iya, kaluoy ang family,” Sinas said.
According to Sinas, those he ordered dismissed from the service were found to have been recycling their confiscated drugs only for personal use.
“Pag naa mi madakpan, it takes time sa pag-interview sa ila to assess kung unsa gyud naka (trigger) sa ila, kung unsa ilang source, so tanan nga nag-positive sa amoa, ang source nila kanang sa ilang pag-operate, naa silay ma-saving-saving ginagmay,” Sinas said.
Meanwhile, Sinas has ordered to strictly observe the rule on the conduct of immediate inventory of evidence after every operation. He said police operatives are to conduct inventory in the presence of the witnesses at the place where the operation is conducted to avoid recycling of evidence.
“Di na dad-on sa istasyon ug di pa ma ihap, dira kasi ang delikado,” Sinas said. — FPL (FREEMAN)