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PNP chief Acorda eyes operations vs. rogue cops 'at lower level'

Newly installed Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Benjamin Acorda Jr. on Friday said he has ordered regional directors to conduct operations against rogue cops  "at the lower level."

In a radio interview, Acorda said there are just "a few" rogue cops in the police force, citing his experience as a counterintelligence agent.

"I intend to conduct really kung sino po 'yung mga nasa listahan at ayaw magbagong-buhay, ay talagang ooperate-an na natin," he said.

"That is what I'm urging. Noong mineet natin 'yung regional directors, 'yan ang hiniling ko sa kanila — that the command responsibility, sa bawat paglilinis sa bawat level, is dapat masusunod," he added.

(I intend to conduct operations against those who are on the list and do not want to change their ways. That's what I urged the regional directors to do during our recent meeting — that command responsibility in cleansing every level of police ranks should be followed.)

For high-ranking police officers, Interior and Local Government Secretary Benhur Abalos on January 4 asked police generals and full colonels to submit their courtesy resignations as part of the government's efforts to rid the PNP of officers involved in the illegal drug trade.

Abalos said this was “the only way to make a fresh start” in the PNP.

On April 20, the five-man advisory group completed the review on the courtesy resignations of 953 senior police officers.

On April 25, PNP spokesperson Police Colonel Jean Fajardo said the advisory group recommended 36 high-ranking police officials for further evaluation by the National Police Commission (Napolcom).

She added that the advisory group cleared the remaining 917 senior police officials, who also submitted their courtesy resignations, from any involvement in illegal drugs.

The final report of the five-member body was endorsed to Napolcom chairperson Abalos for final review. Then the final report will be presented to President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos for approval. —KBK, GMA Integrated News