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‘Ninja cops’ will pay for their crimes, President assures

Francis Wakefield

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President Rodrigo Duterte says the so-called ninja cops will soon be wiped out. (Yummie Dingding)

President Rodrigo Duterte said generals and ninja cops, or those involved in the illegal drug trade, will soon be eradicated as they have been reduced to about four.

Those still around, the President assured, will pay for their crimes even after he ends his term.

“Kaya magsabi sila magpatayan eh.  Pero huwag kayong ma — initially ‘yung patayan sila ‘yun. Sila ‘yung mga generals na pinagtatadtad na nila ‘yung — para hindi mahalata. ‘Yung marami diyan mga runners sila na ‘yung naglinis  But don’t be — initially the killing they are behind it. They are the generals they peppered them — so it won’t be obvious. Most of them are runners and they cleaned it),” the President said Wednesday night during the oath-taking ceremony of the new officers and board of trustees of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) at the Heroes Hall in Malacañang.

“‘Yung mga generals pati ‘yung ninja cops. And they are still around but are reduced to about apat na lang. And they will all die because may kasalanan sila sa bayan.”

At the same time, the President again lashed at the Commission on Human Rights for its criticisms on the government’s war on illegal drugs and alleged human rights violations.

“They are just worried about a dead carcass there. They do not even know kung talagang pinatay ‘yan ng pulis o ano. Basta ‘pag may naki — well of course there are exceptions. Pero karamihan ‘yan ng mga namatay diyan ‘pag walang ano sabihin nila extrajudicial killing,” the President said.

Despite criticism on the police, he will go by the records they presented.

“Ako, I will admit na ‘yung sa pulis has a semblance of truth. I go by government records. Kung sinabi pulis — ‘Duterte ang napatay natin 5,000.’ O ‘di so be it. We admit it, 5,000. Pero huwag naman ‘yang 70,000.  Saan ko ilibing ‘yan? Hindi lang pagpatay. Ang libing ang problema kung saan ko ilagay eh,” he said.

Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa previously said 357 cops are under investigation for their alleged involvement in illegal drugs.

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