TWO weeks into the vetting, the five-man committee tasked to investigate full-fledged police colonels and generals on their possible involvement in the illegal drug trade is already finalizing its recommendations for 118 police officials, an official said.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Rodolfo Azurin Jr. said in a press conference Monday, February 27, 2023, that they have already evaluated 118 colonels and generals, and their recommendation will be submitted to the National Police Commission (Napolcom) for another round of investigation before submission to President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. for approval.

He refused, however, to divulge other information regarding their evaluation on the 118 officials, especially if the resignation of some of them were recommended for acceptance due to their involvement in the illegal drug trade.

The committee is composed of Azurin, retired police general and Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, Office of the Presidential Adviser on Military Affairs Undersecretary Isagani Nerez, former Defense secretary Gilbert Teodoro and retired Court of Appeals Justice Melchor Sadang.

In January, Interior Secretary Benhur Abalos Jr. appealed for police colonels and generals to submit their courtesy resignation in a bid to weed out the organization from erring officers, especially those involved in the illegal drugs trade.

Out of the 955 police colonels and generals, only one did not heed to Abalos’ call.

The PNP chief earlier said there were up to 10 police officials allegedly involved in the drug trade. (SunStar Philippines)