Police of Davao Region including Davao City are now in tense mode after PNP Chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa announced he wants to deploy about 1,000 police from Davao Region to Caloocan City. Some Caloocan police are now under probe for the killings of minors in the area in the course of police operations against illegal drugs. Dela Rosa wants volunteers, but obviously who would dare to volunteer given the bad reputation the Caloocan police have been getting these days following the series of deaths of teenagers in the city. Also, though it’s the nature of the job of a police to be assigned to other places, it is expected there are not so many or a few would want to work in Caloocan where illegal drug trade is rampant.
Dela Rosa was vocal about his plan during the 116th Police Anniversary, Monday at PNP Regional Office in Camp Catitipan. It was during his talk that he asked for volunteers to be sent to Caloocan. He said he trust police from Davao Region as they are not easily persuaded through money. Dela Rosa did not elaborate of what he meant with this statement but it connotes anomaly and corruption in police works. It is close to saying Caloocan police are prone to corruption that’s why he wants to bring in the provincial police.
The PNP chief’s suggestion is posing a challenge to the Davao Regional police, much more that they are highly praised for their sincere performance. No doubt it would not be an easy job to work in a place where drug trafficking breeds. The business of illegal drugs is so huge involving the high echelons of society. Accepting the challenge is laudable aside from proving the capability of Davao police, it would in a way remove the bad impression that a number of police is in cahoots with drug syndicates while only a few remain dedicated and clean. The bigger challenge is to run after real drug pushers and not on minors who are at the wrong place at the wrong time.