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Military bishop on ‘ninja cops’: Truth must come out

Military bishop on ‘ninja cops’: Truth must come out

By CBCP News

October 10, 2019

Manila, Philippines

The country’s military bishop is hoping that the ongoing investigations will get to the bottom of the ‘ninja cops’ controversy.

Bishop Oscar Jaime Florencio of the Military Ordinariate of the Philippines said that the truth must come out because “we cannot condone this”.

“We need to rectify and make the proper and corresponding measures on those who are involved here,” Florencio said.

The prelate said he is “saddened and frustrated” that some cops are allegedly involved in the recycling of seized illegal drugs.

During back-to-back Senate hearings, the issue broke out about the existence of “ninja cops” in illegal drug trade.

Even Philippine National Police chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde was implicated in a supposed cover-up on drugs recycling by alleged corrupt cops in Pampanga in 2013.

While citing due process for the accused law enforcers, the prelate stressed that seeking the truth and accountability should not take long.

“The issue is very sensitive and we pray that it be resolved the soonest as many are affected by it,” he said.

As military ordinary, Florencio serves not just Catholics in the military but also the pastoral care of those in the police and prison service.