Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte plan to sack 90 police officers alleged to be involved in corruption, saying that this tough action was a continuation of his government’s purge of the ranks of the law enforcement personnel, The Manila Times Online reported on Tuesday.
In an address at the birthday party of Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao in General Santos City on Sunday night, Duterte said he would not tolerate “gangsters” at the Philippine National Police which he earlier described as “corrupt to the core.”
He however did not reveal the names of those to be fired.
“On Wednesday, about three superintendents, about 90, perhaps a minimum of 60 police, you leave the PNP,” said Duterte.
He lashed out against policemen in cahoots with criminal gangs and corrupt local government officials. He also maintained that he would not let policemen to abuse their positions to commit crimes.
“Do not let us pay for your wrongdoings. It is not fair. You will lose your job. You are a policeman and yet, you will hold up (a person), get involved in drugs, I said there will be no corruption (and) drugs. If you destroy my country, I will destroy you,” he added.
Meanwhile, PNP chief Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa said that he gave the list of allegedly corrupt police officers to Duterte – most of whom were linked to illicit drug trade.