THE Philippine National Police (PNP) vowed to work closely with the Department of Justice (DOJ) in the review of all drug-related operations, in the interest of transparency and accountability.
PNP Chief, Police General Guillermo Eleazar, gave this assurance, noting that they are bound by the strict ethical rules, legal provisions and high moral standards in everything they do as public servants.
He said that for the past five years, part of their intensive campaign against illegal drugs were the doubts and allegations whenever there were successful operations, where our hard work and sacrifice against illegal drug syndicates were somewhat set aside.
“As Chief of the Philippine National Police, I cannot allow and I cannot ignore all of these to persist because what is at stake here, more than credibility that we want to protect, is the honor and dignity of the police organization especially in the eyes of the young and future generations of Filipinos,” he explained in a statement.
“This serves as our motivation here in the PNP to work closely with the Department of Justice to conduct the review of all drug-related operations in the interest of transparency and accountability,” he added.
He said that the investigation is now moving forward among cases where abuse of authority and violations of the PNP’s Police Operational Procedures were committed—and this refers to the 52 police operations that involved 154 of PNP uniformed personnel.
PGen. Eleazar said that as part of the PNP’s commitment to fully cooperate with the DOJ, he already ordered the creation of a top-level PNP Coordinating Group that will work closely with the National Bureau of Investigation in the conduct of case build-up and filing of criminal complaints based on the evidence that would be gathered.
The composition of the PNP Coordinating Team, PGen. Eleazar said, shall be announced very soon.
Likewise, more cases will be subjected to review as agreed by the DOJ and the PNP under the guidance of the Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año.
“We assure the Filipino people that your PNP will remain committed in the search for truth in all of these cases and right now, we believe that we are on the right track in pursuing this commitment.”