Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa is urging anyone involved in the illegal-drug trade, who is a victim of extortion by his men, to report such cases to him.
Dela Rosa said police are monitoring cases in Central Luzon similar to the one involving South Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo, who remains missing.
Jee was reportedly abducted in October after men, allegedly led by a member of the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (PNP-AIDG), entered his Pampanga home and announced a drug raid.
"Sa totoo lang, may namo-monitor kami. Ang problema lang yung mga biktima hindi kaagad nagre-report sa atin. Gusto lang nila to get back at the yung mga nangingidnap sa kanila through media. Gusto na lang nila sirain yung mga tao na ito. Ayaw nilang legally mag-complain dahil sila rin mismo may mga background na hindi kanais-nais," Dela Rosa told radio DZMM.
(To be honest, we've been monitoring activities. The problem is the victims don't report them to us. They just want to get back at the kidnappers through media. They want to ruin these people's reputations. They don't want to make this a legal thing because these victims have an unpleasant background themselves.)
Dela Rosa said most victims of shakedowns are linked to the drug trade, which make them an easy target for corrupt police officers.
"Hindi ko naman sinasabing lahat, pero karamihan sa mga yan, nasa drug trade kaya pumasok sa mga utak ng mga pulis na ito, 'Tirahin natin itong mga ito, takutin natin, perahan natin," he said.
"Sila namang mga biktima, ayaw mag-complain nang diretso dahil nga alam nila na involved sila sa illegal drug trade."
(I'm not saying all of them, but most of these victims are in the drug trade so these cops are thinking,
Addressing drug lords, traffickers, financiers, distributors, and pushers, Dela Rosa said: "Kahit na kayo ay mga drug personalities, 'pag kayo po ay kinotongan ng pulis, pangongotong pa rin yan. That is corruption pa rin at ayaw na ayaw ko po 'yan."
(Even though you're drug personalities, if cops extort from you, that's still corruption. I really hate that.)
Dela Rosa wants the extortion victims to forget their criminal backgrounds for a while and report incidents to him. He said he would take action against erring officers because they're putting the government's war on illegal drugs in a bad light.
"Kalimutan niyo muna na kayo ay drug lord. Pumunta muna kayo sa akin at mag-complain kung ayaw ninyong magpunta sa inyong local police station," he said.
(Forget that you're drug lords. Come to me personally and file a complaint if you don't want to do it in your local police station.)
"Mag-prepare kayo kasi hindi ko ito-tolerate yung pulis na gumagawa ng ganun dahil nakakasira po yan sa kampanya natin ngayon. Nakakasira po talaga yan. Kahit na wala tayong kampanya, no-no talaga dapat yan pusang alas na yan, pulis mangidnap, pulis na mage-extort. Trabaho po yan ng kriminal. Hindi po yan trabaho ng pulis kaya ayaw na ayaw ko po yan."
(I won't tolerate cops who are involved in extortion activities because they're ruining our campaign against illegal drugs. Even without this campaign, extortion is a no-no. Police who kidnap is a no-no. That's the work of criminals, not the police.)