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PNP implements resignations of high-ranking officers allegedly involved in drugs

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The Philippine National Police (PNP) has implemented the courtesy resignations of 18 senior police officers allegedly involved in illegal drugs.

The PNP order was implemented after the officers’ resignations were accepted by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.

“We have implemented the order or the acceptance so we issued the appropriate orders with regards to the acceptance, with regards to the process, I leave that to the DPRM (Directorate for Personnel and Records Management),” PNP chief Gen. Benjamin Acorda Jr. told reporters in a chance interview at Camp Crame, Quezon City on Monday.

“He (President Marcos) gave the letter, we received the letter, we get the acceptance letter so we implemented it,” he added.

Acorda, however, said there is a procedure to be observed regarding the benefits of the resigned police officials which include three generals and 15 colonels.

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As these officers are already deemed resigned, Acorda said the positions they would vacate would be immediately filled up.

Acorda, meanwhile, hoped that the courtesy resignations of their senior officers early this year would be the last for the police organization.

Acorda was one of the more than 950 PNP third-level officers who submitted a courtesy resignation following the controversies on the alleged presence of “ninja cops” or those who recycle confiscated illegal drugs that stemmed from the 990 kilos of shabu seized in Manila where the main player was a policeman.

Acorda meanwhile said he acknowledged the sacrifices made by the policemen and women during the onslaught of Typhoon Egay in Luzon last week.

In his statement, Acorda said that the PNP personnel in the field embodied the true spirit of public service.

“Amid the challenges brought by Typhoon Egay, our dedicated PNP personnel relentlessly carrying out search, rescue, and relief operations to aid those in need,” he said.

The PNP chief also said that he commends the PNP personnel as they conduct various humanitarian missions and search and rescue operations and looks into the spirit of camaraderie as a guide to restore hope and strength to the affected individuals.

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