PHILIPPINE National Police Counter-Intelligence Task Force commander, Senior Superintendent Romeo M. Caramat Jr. yesterday vowed a stepped-up crackdown against ‘Ninja Cops,’ the name given to rogue policemen known for protecting drug syndicates or are themselves recycling and selling shabu seized from drug traffickers in the country.
Caramat said as of press time, they are conducting follow-up investigation and operations to identify more associates of the highest-ranked policeman killed in a buy-bust which turned into a deadly shootout, Supt. Santiago Rapiz of the Zamboanga del Norte Police Provincial Office.
“We are in the process of identifying his (Rapiz) accomplices. Marami pang mga follow-up yan na mangyayari sa mga kapwa niya mga opisyal din,” the official told the Journal Group. These ‘Ninja Cops’ are believed to have returned to their old ways after a brief lull, thinking they are not being watched by their fellows.
“Marami pa kaming target and are just waiting for the right time to neutralize these police officers thru buy-bust operations or service of search warrants,” he said.
Caramat, however, said other details of their ongoing operations are withheld for the moment while information against their targets are still being validated with the help of the PNP Intelligence Group headed by Chief Supt. Edmund A. Gonzales.