MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday ordered the deployment of about 200 erring policemen to Basilan and gave them two weeks to prepare to move out or resign from the service.
A visibly irate President gave the order during the presentation of 'scalawag' policemen at the MalacaAang grounds.
The cops, who were allegedly tagged in various crimes, got a dressing down from an angry President who slammed them for resorting to illegal activities to support their many wives and their extravagant lifestyles.
Duterte said that since the erring policemen, who range in rank from Police Officer 1 to Chief Inspector, are still young anyway and he needs more police officers in the South, he would send them all to Basilan.
"Kayo lahat ngayon nandito, kasali kayo sa Task Force South. Padala ko kayo sa Basilan. Tumira kayo doon ng mga dalawang taon. Kung lumusot kayo buhay, balik kayo dito. Kung doon kayo mamatay, sabihin ko sa pulis, huwag na mag-gastos para dalhin pa kayo dito, doon na kayo ilibing. Doon niyo ipakita 'yung kalokohan ninyo," he said.
"Prepare to move out. I'll give you two weeks from now, 15 days. Start to move out. If you do not want to go there, go to your superior officer and tell them that you're going to resign," Duterte said.
The President added that he is mulling the creation of a task force that will solely monitor the movements of rogue cops as former cops or soldiers involved in criminal acts have been "the most vicious and most dangerous types of criminals.
"Alam mo, kailangan ng Pilipinas isang squad ng Army, Navy, pati Air Force, (and) police to keep track of you. Kasi karamihan ng mga pulis, 'yung na-dismiss, 'yun ang mga sindikato kasi may alam kayo. Kayo ang pinaka-delikadong kriminal pag naalis sa pulis," he said.
"At kayong mga pulis na dati mga sindikato, huwag na huwag kayong pumasok because I will create a battalion para lang to keep track of your movements because it has been the sad experience of this country that the most vicious criminals, karamihan ex-police or sometimes ex-military man," Duterte said. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency