PNP relieves 6 cops linked to drug trade

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Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde yesterday disclosed six police officers have been relieved from their posts amid investigations of their alleged involvement in the illegal narcotics trade.

Albayalde said the six policemen were earlier tagged in the watch list of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), noting that one of the officers was assigned to the Bicol region, while another works for the holding and accounting unit in Camp Crame.

The other remaining officers are under the police Drug Enforcement Group, with the highest-ranked among the six is a senior superintendent, according to Albayalde.

If enough evidence is found against the group, they will face summary hearing procedures, he added.

At the same time, the PNP also filed murder and frustrated murder charges against 10 suspects in the ambush-slay of five PDEA agents in Kapai, Lanao del Sur over the week.
Albayalde said they have also identified the 10 suspects as members of a big drug trafficking group.

“We have already identified 10 suspects and we have filed appropriate charges,” said Albayalde in a separate interview, adding it appears the ambush was in retaliation for a successful anti-drug campaign in the area by the PDEA in August.

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