175 cops dismissed for drug related offenses — DILG

MANILA, Philippines – About 175 policemen involved in drug related offenses have been dismissed from the service since the Aquino administration assumed power last year, a ranking government official said Sunday.

Interior and Local Government Secretay Jesse Robredo said that more than half of the dismissed policemen were either illegal drug users, peddlers or even protectors of illegal drug syndicates.

The interior secretary said the National Police Commission (Napolcom), which he chairs, are currently reviewing miconduct cases against policemen, including those who are involved in drugs.

Before, the interior secretary said that misconduct cases againsty policemen are being handled by the Philippine National Police – Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS).

The interior secretary added that his department and the Napolcom will now provide legal aid to policmen who are being constantly harrassed with numerous legal cases in the performance of their duties.

“If a policeman is facing charges or being charged for doing his job, then we will help them by providing legal aid… but, if he (policemen) commits mistakes, then we will punish him,” Robredo said. Anthony Vargas

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