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Bayan Muna challenges honest cops to blow whistle on ‘ninja’ colleagues

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Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate and Bayan Muna chairman Neri Colmenares on Monday challenged “honest and patriotic” officers and members of the police, both in active service and even the retired ones, “to come out and tell all about what they know of the ‘ninja cops’.”

“For our country and children’s sake, come out and blow the whistle on these corrupt and criminal cops. It is the only way to prevent a whitewash that seems to be now in the offing,” Zarate said.

“Why is it that Interior Secretary Eduardo Año is already starting a supposed parallel investigation when the Senate probe is not yet done? Apparently, some quarters are now panicking and on a damage control mode to try to divert, even cover up, this issue,” said the deputy minority leader.

“I would not be surprised if administration officials would again float whatever unsubstantiated claims, like the flopped and discredited Red October canard, to divert attention from the mess in the PNP and the exposure of their anti-drug campaign as a sham. Nakakaawa at nakakahiya ito sa mga tapat na pulis,” he said.

Colmenares, meanwhile, said that the “mere fact that President Duterte has promptly retracted his earlier statement that there are generals who are ‘ninja cops’ shows that the administration is trying to downplay the extent of this atrocious, brazen and putrid scheme in the PNP.”

“It is also very ironic that President Duterte is saying that he has to follow the process in dealing with General Albayalde but he does not mention that more than 5,000 are already dead and were not given even a slight chance of due process in his bogus drug war,” he added.