Philippine National Police Chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa warned criminal groups using the campaign against illegal drugs to advance their own agenda, saying they will be held accountable under the law.
Dela Rosa said in an interview in Lipa City Wednesday that he was dismayed by reports that criminals pose as police officers to rob people, citing an incident in Rodriguez, Rizal.
A similar incident happened in Sta. Rosa where criminals in police uniforms had an encounter with legitimate law enforcers. The PNP chief vowed to investigate the incidents.
"Mananagot sila sa batas. May batas diyan eh. Unauthorized use of uniform. Criminal offense 'yan eh, gumagamit ka ng uniporme ng pulis na hindi ka totoong pulis. That is a criminal offense [They will have to face the law for unauthorized use of the uniform. The use of police uniform if you are not an officer is a criminal offense]," Dela Rosa told reporters.
With regard to the ongoing Senate hearing on extrajudicial killings as well as on how to prevent vigilante killings, Dela Rosa said the PNP will be more cautious.
"The more na magiging maingat tayo. The more na mamamatyag. Sisiguraduhin natin na hindi sila makasakay [We'll be more cautious and observant... we'll make sure they won't ride on our campaign]," he said.
He said the PNP has taken concrete measures such as intensifying its intelligence and surveillance works to identify the perpetrators.
"Papatibayin natin ng husto ang ating intelligence. Pa trabahuin natin sila ng husto para ma locate itong mga taong ito at makikilala [We'll intensify intelligence efforts so that we can identify them]."
Source: Philippine Information Agency