60 rogue cops arrested by the PNP Counter-Intelligence Task Force

The Philippine National Police (PNP) Counter-Intelligence Task Force (CITF) in 2017 arrested a total of 60 police officers with alleged involvement in illegal activities.

Since the CITF was formed in January last year, the police scalawags were arrested in 24 counter-intelligence operations. The rogue policemen were composed of two commissioned officers and 58 non-commissioned officers.

“This strong-arm effort of CITF complements the internal reform program of the PNP that has resulted in the dismissal of 398 police personnel since 2016 for various administrative offenses,” PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao said.

The former police chief of Sasmuan town in Pampanga, Chief Inspector Romeo Bulanadi was arrested in January this year for extorting money from a carnival manager. The other police official was Senior Inspector Cesar Espejo who was arrested in July 2017 along with six barangay officials for extortion activities in Taguig City.

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has called out the PNP over its supposed double standard in handling cases of self-defense, which resulted in deaths of drug suspects. The CHR noted that the police filed charges against lawyer Argel Cabatbat and his companions after they killed one of the suspects who had ambushed him in Quezon City on February 13.

According to Quezon City Police District director Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar, it is standard procedure to file the case against Cabatbat and his companions because someone died.

“The same procedure should be applied not only against civilians claiming self-defense, but also against police officers,” the CHR said.

“Policemen must prove in court that they killed crime suspects in self-defense,” it added.

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