BCPO chief backs DILG’s move in anti-drug drive

By Glazyl Y. Masculino

BACOLOD City – “Wala problema” (No problem).

This was the reaction made by Police Colonel Thomas Joseph Martir, director of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), to the appeal of Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benhur Abalos that all police full colonels and generals should submit their courtesy resignations amid the new controversy on “narco-cops” in relation to the anti-illegal drug campaign of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

“We submit,” Martir said, as he noted that it is part of the internal cleansing of the PNP.

Martir said that if it is for the good of the police organization, he will follow the said instruction.

“Gatrabaho man lang ta,” he said, adding that there will be an investigation to check if any police official has involvement or none.

However, he said he has not submitted his resignation yet, pending advice from the higher office.

Brigadier General Leo Francisco, director of Police Regional Office (PRO)-6, has earlier issued a statement that he is heeding the call of the DILG, as this is the chance to clear their names and make a statement that they are supporting the programs and the transformation of the PNP organization.

Meanwhile, Police Colonel Leo Pamittan, director of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Nocppo), has yet to give his reaction to the matter.

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