A total of 88 members of Quezon City Police District's (QCPD) anti-illegal drugs division have been ordered relieved from service over their alleged involvement in activities linked to illegal drugs.
"Ni-recommend sila na alisin muna sa puwesto para ma-execute ng mabuti yung drug operations," QCPD director Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar told GMA News Online by phone on Wednesday.
"Mahirap maging effective yung gawain nila [kung involved sila sa drugs]," he added.
Eleazar said 35 police officers of the District Anti-Illegal Drugs Division and 53 from its division in Police Station 6 were relieved pending results of ongoing investigation.
He said the relief of the 53 policemen was recommended by Station 6 chief Supt. Lito Patay. They were re-assigned to district headquarters in Camp Karingal.
"Right now re-assigned muna sila district headquarters. Relieved muna sila sa units nila," he added.
The 35 were transferred to Mindanao early July.
Asked if the police officers were linked to illegal drugs, Eleazar replied: "Under investigation on illegal drugs, pero not necessarily involved sila on illegal drugs."
He also disclosed that two police officers were found to be involved in illegal drugs during their entrapment operations last week.
Meanwhile, Eleazar said the QCPD is studying transferring the implicated police officers to another police district so that they can be replaced by "new blood."
"Ang pulis naman can be transferred anywhere. We decided na let’s bring in new blood, renewed spirits, kumbaga, para sa ating operations," Eleazar said. —KBK, GMA News