PNP SPOKESMAN Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac yesterday said two members of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) detailed with the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) are being investigated for attempting to smuggle prohibited goods inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) last Friday.
Banac, in an interview over dzBB, said the two unnamed police officers were caught in possession of two 500 mm bottles of iced tea which turned out to be filled with an alcoholic drink and 60 sticks of tobacco when frisked by NBP guards.
Banac said an investigation into the Friday incident is now ongoing.
The two policemen were part of the police teams sent by the NCRPO to provide security during the demolition of illegal structures inside the NBP’s maximum security compound.
The alleged smuggling try of the two cops happened amid reports that four of the 13 ninja cops from Pampanga got involved in another “ninja-type” of operation when they were assigned to Antipolo City last May.
The Internal Affairs Service said the four ninja cops were part of a seven-man team which conducted an illegal raid on the house of a certain Arnold Gramaje Jr. in barangay Inarawan and reportedly ran away with valuables.
IAS director general Alfegar Triambulo said all seven cops were recommended for dismissal from service.
Banac said the PNP leadership will not tolerate the wrongdoings of their cops as they are now in the process of trying to win public trust anew following the controversy involving resigned PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde and his alleged connection with the 13 ninja cops who reportedly recycled illegal drugs seized in an operation in Mexico town on November 2013.
“Nasa kalagitnaan na nga tayo ng pagbabago at ‘yung maibalik ang tiwala ng ating mga mamamayan, eto na naman, meron mga kasama natin sa hanay na gumagawa na naman ng diskarte at illegal na bagay. So nakakalungkot pero hindi kami tititigil (We are in the middle of our campaign for reforms to win back public trust and here goes our men who tried to smuggle contraband items at the NBP. This is saddening but we will not stop from instilling reforms and discipline to our men),” Banac said.