THE Internal Affairs Service (IAS) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) has recommended the dismissal from service of a police officer who yielded P13.6 million worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) in his lending firm office in Manila in 2022.

IAS inspector general Alfegar Triambulo said Police Master Sergeant Rodolfo Mayo Jr. was found guilty of grave misconduct and conduct unbecoming of a police officer.

He said they have submitted their recommendation to PNP Chief General Rodolfo Azurin Jr. through the Directorate for Personnel Records Management (DPRM) on January 9.

“Sa amin lang naman ay recommendation, discretion na po yun ni chief PNP, kung taasan, babaan o ireverse (ang hatol) kami nirerespeto namin kung ano man ang kanyang pasya,” said Triambulo.

(For us, it’s a recommendation, it’s the discretion of the chief PNP, whether to raise, lower or reverse (the verdict). We respect whatever his decision is.)

If Azurin will approve Mayo’s dismissal from the service, his benefits will be forfeited and he will be perpetually disqualified from holding any government position.

Mayo, then a member of the PNP Drug Enforcement Group’s Special Operations Unit in the National Capital Region, was arrested during a drug bust in Quiapo, Manila on October 9, 2022.

The operation stemmed from the arrest of a drug suspect identified as Ney Saligumba Atadero during a drug bust in Tondo, Manila on Saturday afternoon, October 8.

Recovered from Atadero were over 990 kilograms of shabu with an estimated value of P6.7 billion.

Atadero revealed to police that more illegal drugs can be found inside a lending company office, the Wealth and Personal Development Lending Inc., in Sta. Cruz that was owned by Mayo.

Found inside the office were two kilograms of shabu with an estimated street value of P13.6 million.

Mayo’s arrest led to the conduct of investigation among PNP officials, which according to Interior Secretary Benhur Abalos Jr. resulted in the discovery that some third-level police officials were involved in the illegal drug trade.

This prompted Abalos, with the backing of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., to call for the third-level police officials to submit their courtesy resignation in a bid to weed out the organization from erring cops. (SunStar Philippines)