MANILA - The police chief of Manila said Saturday he would "butcher" active Manila Police District officers who would be proven guilty of involvement with alleged drug queen Guia Gomez Castro.
"I've been telling them (Manila Police District) na kapag mayroon akong ma-prove diyan, validated or positively identified...in any illegal activity, lalong-lalo't na sa droga, ako mismo ang kakatay sa kanila. Alam nila 'yan," Police Brig. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr. told radio DZMM Saturday.
(I've been telling them [Manila Police District] that if I prove, validate or positively identify some of them in any illegal activity, especially drugs, I myself will slaughter them. They know that.)
Danao, Davao City's former top cop, said he was looking into details of possible involvement of other police officers with Castro, a former chairman of a barangay in the city's Sampaloc district.
"I will be very glad if I will be given a list. Baka mayroon pa pong natitira na paisa-isa diyan. Pero so far, 'yung mga iba nawala na e, umalis na po e," he said.
(I will be very glad if I will be given a list. There might be others who are left. But so far, the others are gone and have left the service.)
Some 16 "ninja cops," or officers who recycle narcotics seized in anti-drug operations, had been identified, Metro Manila police chief Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar had said.
Nine were killed in separate operations, 1 is detained, while authorities are building up cases against the 6 others, including 2 retired police officers, 2 who were dismissed, and 2 others who went on absence without leave.
Police earlier said Castro had bought and redistributed illegal drugs from such ninja cops.
She reportedly invested large sums of money to foster government connections, even giving away cars to police officers.
She was first arrested in 2001 for alleged possession of drugs, but the case against her was dismissed, supposedly allowing her to expand her alleged narcotics network.
Castro has reportedly flown to Bangkok, immigration officials earlier confirmed. Her relatives and co-workers have denied the allegations against her.