BY ROGER M. BALANZA
Apparently fed up with reports about policemen linked to drugs, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said the communist New People’s Army (NPA) could unleash its assassins to stop the racket by hunting down the cops.
The NPA liquidation squad also known as Sparrow Unit killed several dozens of policemen at the height of rebel occupancy of the city in the 80s.
“Bahala mo (I don’t care),” said Duterte who earlier said law enforcers into drug use, drug dealing or are in cahoots with drug peddlers are on top of his hate list.
In the most recent “cop in drugs” case, a Bunawan police officer, 18 years in the service, was found drug positive in random test on the station ordered by the Davao City Police Office (DCPO).
In the Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa television program on ABS/CBN-Davao on Sunday, March 29, Duterte said illegal drugs is also a concern of the NPA who may join the fight against drugs.
He said he would not care if the communist hitmen “terminate” the cops.
He also said he would not help if the rebels abduct the policemen. Duterte regularly negotiates for the release by rebels of seized policemen and soldiers.
In December, Duterte helped in the release of a Compostela Valley jail warden who was abducted by the rebels for alleged links to drug dealing inside the provincial jail.
The warden would, however, be released a month later to Duterte who helped negotiate the freedom of the jail officer who was tried and cleared by the rebel Kangaroo Court (People’s Court).
In the television program, Duterte reiterated his warning about dire fate of law enforcers involved in drugs.
You have friends who went ahead of you to hell, he said.
In the latest case, the Bunawan policeman was relieved after he tested positive for shabu.
DCPO spokesperson Sr. Insp. Milgrace Driz withheld the name the officer pending the result of a confirmatory test.
Driz said a policeman found positive is given 15 days to contest the initial results and may have himself subjected to a new test.
But Duterte said a law enforcer who test positive for drugs must be immediately dismissed.
Duterte slammed the police policy on confirming drug use by cops found positive in a drug test before a case is filed, saying there are many ways for a drug user to be drug-free for the next test.
He said drug charges should be filed immediately alongside dismissal proceedings against policemen found positive in a drug test.