Some netizens have started calling out the Philippine National Police (PNP) following a post on social media that reveals the questionable strategy of the police force on further identifying drug suspects.
The viral post shows a photo of a dropbox located in Barangay Valencia’s Police Station 7 in Quezon City. This is apparently part of the PNP’s “Project Double Barrel” initiative where anyone can anonymously tip the names of individuals they suspect of using or selling illegal drugs in their area.
Needless to say, the comments section was flooded by concerned netizens who pointed out the potential for this system to be abused.
Meanwhile, a thread on Reddit which features the same photo have netizens riled up and questioning the PNP’s strategy while also poking fun at it.
Thousands of drug suspects have been killed under the Duterte administration’s war on drugs, which is why this comes as uneasy news to the public.
But this isn’t the only issue the PNP is facing. Below are other controversies involving our police force that have recently surfaced.
Despite being implicated in the killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. last November, Supt. Marvin Marcos was reinstated back to service and was reassigned to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Region 12. As it turns out, he’s even up for a possible promotion according to PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa.
Muslim ID system
Earlier this month, the PNP met with the Muslim community in Tarlac where an exclusive identification system for them was proposed to prevent threats like the Maute group and the Abu Sayyaf from easily taking refuge in other provinces. This drew flak from the public and Commission on Human Rights (CHR) that called this a “discriminatory” move. The PNP later clarified that it was a locally-initiated program and was not proposed by them.
Last April, the CHR discovered a secret cell located behind a bookshelf in a police station in Tondo. There were 12 individuals detained in the cramped space. The Senate committee headed by Senator Panfilo Lacson is already looking into the issue.