'Tanim-droga' at checkpoints? Fake news, says PNP

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Posted at Nov 08 2018 03:09 PM

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The Philippine National Police denied Thursday a supposed "tanim-droga" scheme, wherein police officers allegedly plant illegal drugs on motorists passing by checkpoints to extort money from them. 

A viral social media post recently alleged that policemen opened the trunk of a vehicle and that its driver grew suspicious after noticing an officer making a call on his cellphone. This allegedly prompted the motorist to open the trunk and discover a sachet of shabu there before he passed another nearby checkpoint. 

The online allegation is "fake news", said PNP spokesperson Chief Supt. Benigno Durana. 

Officers can only mount a visual inspection of a vehicle's trunk and cabin to prevent the planting of evidence, he told reporters. 

The viral post that has been shared over 2,600 times is only aimed at discrediting the PNP, he added. 

DZMM, 9 November 2018