Cop in bloody Bu­la­can drug war now CITF chief

The Philippine Star - - METRO - – Em­manuel Tu­pas

The for­mer head of the Bu­la­can po­lice who led bloody op­er­a­tions that killed at least 20 drug sus­pects early this year is now the head of the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice Counter-In­tel­li­gence Task Force (PNP-CITF).

PNP chief Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Os­car Al­bay­alde yes­ter­day an­nounced the ap­point­ment of Su­per­in­ten­dent Romeo Cara­mat Jr. as com­man­der the CITF, the unit tasked to run af­ter scalawags within the po­lice or­ga­ni­za­tion.

He re­places Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Jose Chiq­uito Malayo, who is due for pro­mo­tion.

“I think we have to strengthen our counter in­tel­li­gence op­er­a­tions,” Al­bay­alde told re­porters in an am­bush in­ter­view when asked for his march­ing or­ders to Cara­mat.

Cara­mat was the po­lice di­rec­tor of Bu­la­can dur­ing anti-drug op­er­a­tions in Feb­ru­ary in March where at least 23 sus­pected drug push­ers and users were killed in al­leged gun bat­tles with po­lice­men.

Asked about Cara­mat’s rep­u­ta­tion in Bu­la­can, where sev­eral drug sus­pects ended up dead in po­lice op­er­a­tions, Al­bay­alde said: “He will not be in­volved in any il­le­gal drugs op­er­a­tion.”

Cara­mat de­clined to com­ment in a phone in­ter­view, say­ing he has yet to re­ceive an of­fi­cial or­der for his trans­fer.

“I have yet to talk to the chief PNP,” he said.

Cara­mat is is the cur­rent chief of staff of the PNP In­tel­li­gence Group.

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