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PBBM accepts resignation of 18 cops linked to illegal drug trade
PBBM accepts resignation of 18 cops linked to illegal drug trade
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PBBM accepts resignation of 18 cops linked to illegal drug trade
by Kristan Carag25 July 2023
FILE PHOTO: Philippines' President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. arrives at the ASEAN Summit held in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia, May 10, 2023. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan/Pool

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. accepted the courtesy resignation of 18 Philippine National Police officers, who allegedly take part in illegal drug activities.

The Presidential Communications Office (PCO) identified the officers as:

  • PBGEN Remus Balingasa Medina
  • PBGEN Randy Quines Peralta
  • PBGEN Pablo Gacayan Labra II
  • PCOL Rogarth Bulalacao Campo
  • PCOL Rommel Javier Ochave
  • PCOL Rommel Allaga Velasco
  • PCOL Robin King Sarmiento
  • PCOL Fernando Reyes Ortega
  • PCOL Rex Ordoño Derilo
  • PCOL Julian Tesorero Olonan
  • PCOL Rolando Tapon Portera
  • PCOL Lawrence Bonifacio Cajipe
  • PCOL Dario Milagrosa Menor
  • PCOL Joel Kagayed Tampis
  • PCOL Michael Arcillas David
  • PCOL Igmedio Belonio Bernaldez
  • PCOL Rodolfo Calope Albotra Jr
  • PCOL Marvin Barba Sanchez

The PCO said that the President accepted their resignation upon the recommendation of the National Police Commission Ad Hoc Advisory Group that investigated the matter.

Meanwhile, PCO said that PGen. Benjamin Acorda Jr., chief of PNP, assured that the 18 officers will remain under continuous monitoring..

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Acorda said that necessary orders for their relief from their present positions will be immediately issued.

The PNP chief added the resigned officers will be assigned to the Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit, Directorate for Personnel and Records Management 'to preclude them from exerting further influence and/or performing illegal activities using their positions'.

Department of Interior and Local Government Sec. Benjamin Abalos Jr. urged full-fledged police colonels and generals to file their courtesy resignation after an anti-illegal drug operation led to the arrest of PMSgt. Rodolfo Mayo Jr. in 2022.

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