By Stacy Ang
MANILA, Philippines — About 78 percent or about four in five of Filipino adults surveyed by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) said they believe that there are still “ninja cops” in the police force.
According to the fourth quarter 2019, Social Weather Survey conducted from December 13 to 16, 2019, 78% of the respondents believe that there are ninja cops, while 7% do not believe the allegations and 15% are still undecided on the issue.
The survey was released last Tuesday.
Ninja cops were the term coined for members of the Philippine National Police who allegedly sell back on the streets confiscated illegal drugs.
When asked, “Do you believe or not believe the accusation that there are ninja cops or police who allegedly sell illegal drugs that they confiscate during their operations?” 46% of respondents said they strongly believe, 32% somewhat believe, 15% are undecided, 4% somewhat do not believe, while 3% strongly do not believe the allegations.
The survey results yielded a net belief score of +70.
The majority of Pinoys believe the number of drug users decreased.
The net belief in the allegation that there are ninja cops in the police force was highest in Metro Manila (+77), followed by Balance Luzon (+71), the Visayas (+69), and Mindanao (+65).
The survey used face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults (18 years old and above) nationwide: 300 each in Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao (sampling error margins of ±3% for national percentages, and ±6% each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao).
The survey was non-commissioned.
The survey also said about half of the respondents said they believe allegations that former PNP chief Oscar Albayalde was a protector of ninja cops, while 13% said they do not believe such claims and 37% are undecided.
The results gave a net belief score of +37.
Net belief in the accusation that Albayalde protected ninja cops was highest in the Visayas at +43, followed by Metro Manila (+40), Balance Luzon (+36), and Mindanao (+33).
Almost half or 44% of respondents said the number of ninja cops in the police force was “somewhat many,” while 28% said there were only a little, 23% said there were very many, and 3% said there were almost none.
The remaining 1% did not answer the question, “In your opinion, how many among members of the police force are “ninja cops” or police who allegedly sell illegal drugs that they confiscate during their operations?”
The existence of ninja cops in the police force was revealed by former Criminal Investigation and Detention Group chief and incumbent Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong in October 2019 during a Senate investigation.
Albayalde relinquished his post as PNP chief following the investigation. (STACY ANG/JGo/CurrentPH)