32 police officials relieved from post

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(File photo) The policemen were transferred to several areas in Mindanao. While the reason for their relief in still unknown, it comes after PNP Chief Ronald Dela Rosa warned policemen involved in the illegal drug trade that he will send them to Sulu and Basilan to fight the Abu Sayyaf.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Amid a crackdown on rogue police, 32 officers from the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) have been relieved from their post and assigned to Mindanao.

Documents obtained by CNN Philippines late Tuesday showed that the officers were to be deployed to various areas in Mindanao – 13 to Region 9 or the Zamboanga peninsula, 12 to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), and seven to the Caraga Region. Their reassignment papers were dated July 1.

Acting NCRPO chief Oscar Albayalde said he has yet to know why the officers were removed from their current posts.

Abayalde said the officers were members of the Regional Anti-Illegal Drugs Division and the Quezon City Police District.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald Dela Rosa on Monday said he was furious that no police officer has come forward to admit involvement in illegal drugs despite the 48 hours he gave them to decide to give up.

He said he will send these rogue officers to Sulu and Basilan, where the Abu Sayyaf are most active. It was unclear whether those reassigned to Mindanao were the officers he said were allegedly involved in illegal drugs.

Also read: Dela Rosa to send cops involved in drugs to Sulu, Basilan to fight Abu Sayyaf

When he took over as PNP chief on Friday, he gave policemen engaged in the illegal drug trade 48 hours to surrender to him and reveal everything they know about illegal activities.

Otherwise mag-AWOL na lang kayo at mag full time drug lord na lang at makipagyera kayo sa amin," he said.

[Translation: Otherwise, go on AWOL and be full-time drug lords and fight us.]

Also read: PNP Chief warns rogue policemen: Your days are numbered