Duterte seeks PNP revamp to get rid of corrupt cops

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — President Rodrigo Duterte wants an overhaul in the Philippine National Police (PNP) to get rid of corrupt cops.

The PNP is an institution the President usually vouches for. But after the killing of South Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo, he's changing his tune.

He wants an overhaul in the PNP to get rid of scalawags.

About 40 percent of the police, he says, use their authority to commit crime. He starts with this order to PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa.

"Magcleansing muna kayo diyan. Yung mga kaso nila, ireview ninyo. Give me a list kung sino yung mga scalawags. Because itong mga ito, we will assign them. Kailangan ko ng contingent na malaki, pulis eh, sa Basilan, Jolo, Zamboanga, Lanao. Diyan sila lahat."

[Translation: Cleanse your ranks. Review their cases. Give me a list of who the scalawags are. Because we will assign them. We need a big contingent in Basilan, Jolo, Zamboanga, Basilan. They can all go there.]

The President particularly has his eyes on reinstated officers who were previously involved in kidnappings and hold ups.

Amid so-called tokhang-for-ransom incidents, he's also going after the PNP's anti-drug units.

Dela Rosa said, "As directed by the president, we are going to dissolve anti-drug units of the PNP in all levels including the anti-illegal drugs group of the PNP."

Duterte added, "I will establish a new command. It could be a narcotics command or whatever. What could be an appropriate name... It will be partnered with PDEA. But the overall head diyan is the PDEA."

Dela Rosa, well aware of misdeeds that happened under his watch, has offered to resign to the save the country from further embarrassment.

Read: Dela Rosa: My resignation will come from President's order

But the President is sticking with his police chief.

Read: Duterte turns down Dela Rosa's offer to resign

The President says the best way to deal with erring cops is by going after them.

In the case of Ick Joo's killing, it's Supt. Rafael Dumlao who is back in police custody and has vowed to tell all.

Had Dumlao not surrendered, the President would have offered a P5 million reward for him-dead or alive.

Duterte said, "Yung Dumlao na yung kept insisting that he was not connected, but he was. The investigators are telling me that siya talaga yung mastermind [he really was the mastermind]."

The President is not letting assets of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) allegedly involved in Jee's killing get away as well.

He wants NBI Chief Dante Gierran to track them down. He reminded Gierran of a promise he made when he was appointed.

Duterte said, "Kaya mo bang pumatay ng ahente mo pag nagkasala? Ang sinagot mo sakin 'yes sir.' So mangongolekta na ako sa guarantee mo... Kung hindi mo makuha yan, I might relieve you."

[Translation: I asked if you could kill agents who err. And you told me, 'yes sir.' So I am collecting on your guarantee... If you can't make good on that, I might relieve you.]

Duterte is taking bold moves for the country's drug problem he now sees may require his entire term to resolve.