January 10, 2023 @ 12:53 AM 4 weeks ago

NORTHERN Police District director P/BGen. Ponce Rogelio Peñones led the 11 full colonels under his turf including the four police station chiefs in CaMaNaVa area in tendering their courtesy resignation to give way to the cleansing program being initiated by the Department of the Interior and Local Government against lawmen directly engaged in illegal drug trade.

“I, together with all the colonels of NPD including the chiefs of police stations from the four cities in Camanava, have already submitted our courtesy resignation,” said Peñones.

“This represents our support, commitment and cooperation with the present internal cleansing program of the Philippine National Police.”

The four police chiefs were Col. Ruben Lacuesta (Caloocan), Col. Amante Daro (Malabon), Col. Dexter Ollaging (Navotas) and Col. Dexter Destura Jr. (Valenzuela).

Aside from Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, three Camanava local chief executives, namely, Mayors Along Malapitan (Caloocan), Wes Gatchalian (Valenzuela) and John Reynald Tiangco (Navotas) have signified their support on the earlier call of DILG Secretary Benjamin ‘Benhur’ Abalos Jr. for all full colonels and generals at the PNP to submit their courtesy resignation amid reports of police officials who are either directly engaged in illegal drug trade or in cahoots with drug lords.

“We bow to the wisdom of Secretary Abalos in asking all generals and colonels of the Philippine National Police to tender their courtesy resignation amid the ‘ninja cops’ issue,” said Tiangco.

He believed that the pronouncement of Abalos was borne out of vital intelligence reports and information that the latter possessed being a long-time local chief executive and current DILG chief.

Both Malapitan and Gatchalian were amenable about the need to be more serious in waging war against illegal drugs and “the appeal of Secretary Abalos for top PNP officials to submit their courtesy resignation would be a first good step.”

Belmonte said her administration is fully aware of the extent and depth of the illegal drug problem, not just in the city but in the entire country.