Authorities have attributed a number of so-called extrajudicial killings to “ninja cops,” saying the group is nothing more than a band of disgruntled elements out to discredit the Administration and its relentless drive versus crime.
Top police chief Gen. Ronald dela Rosa said that the Philippine National Police has already arrested members of the group, most of them being scalawags in the force or worse, involved in crimes like kidnapping and robbery-extortion.
Some of them are already facing criminal cases, Dela Rosa said. “Yung iba nandito sa Mindanao, sa Crame, sa RPAO – Regional Public Affairs Office (Others are here in Mindanao, in Crame, in RPAO),” he revealed.
He said authorities are still probing possible links of the ‘ninja cops’ to groups trying to sabotage govern-ment’s drug war, even as he vowed to solve the murders perpetuated by the group and blamed on the ranks of the PNP.
In a press conference during the launching of the PNP-Petron Lakbay Ligtas project in Maa, he said the police already have some initial information, but this still needed to be validated.
“Shallow pa hindi pa established (It’s still shallow, not yet established,” Dela Rosa said. “It’s still early to tell. It’s still a theory.”
Now that the President has transferred the burden of implementing the country’s anti-illegal drugs operations from the PNP to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Dela Rosa said the police have now more time to focus on issues such as the “ninja cops.”
He said the riding-in-tandem criminals are wreaking havoc to the public. “We have to find the solution to the killings,” he said, as these are discrediting the police’s good work.
It may be recalled that President Duterte hinted to groups sabotaging his anti-illegal drugs campaign to discredit and destabilize the administration.
The President and law enforcement authorities have repeatedly stressed that there is no policy to kill suspects unless they violently resist or put the lives of others in danger. pects unless they violently resist or put the lives of others in danger. Ayan C. Mellejor