Release of narco-cops probe report delayed anew

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    POLICE probers failed to meet their self-imposed deadline on the submission to President Duterte of the result of the adjudication process of the 356 narco-policemen, including Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido, a poster boy of the government’s war against illegal drugs.

    Interior Secretary Eduardo Año attributed the delay to last Thursday’s crash of a PNP helicopter in San Pedro, Laguna that injured PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa and seven others, including three more generals.

    “You knew what happened, the chopper crashed so we have to prioritize the condition of the (victims). There was a slight delay in the preparation of the (report),” Año said in a phone interview.

    Gamboa announced the conduct of the adjudication process on the narco-policemen on February 10, three days after meeting with majority of them at the PNP national headquarters in Camp Crame.

    On February 19, Gamboa said he intends to submit the result of the adjudication process to the President during a command conference on March 5.

    On March 1, Gamboa said the result will instead be submitted on March 7 “due to the arduous task of adjudication.”

    The list of narco-cops initially included 357 policemen but was reduced to 356 after one of thecops, S/Sgt. Ronaldo Barrameda, was shot dead by an unidentified suspect in Biñan City on February 5.