P Maj. Gen Jonnel C Estomo, who heads the PNP National Capital Region Office, led his top officers in signing courtesy resignation on January 6 in keeping with the challenge of Interior and Local Government Secretary Benhur Abalas to "start clean" and rid their image of being part of the drug trade.
Abalos, who is concurrent chair of the National Police Commission, asked the generals and colonels to submit courtesy resignations, which would be screened by a five-member committee if they are involved in the drug trade. Once cleared, then that is when they can clear the image of PNP before the citizens.
The mass courtesy resignations among third level commissioned officers of PNP took place at Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan in Taguig City.
To further ensure a thorough cleansing process, Estomo ordered a surprise drug examination of all the 67 senior PNP officials all assigned in NCRPO including himself. Estomo, in an interview, said that if anyone is found positive of illegal drugs, he is automatically deemed resigned from the service immediately without intervention from the 5-man assessment committee to be created by the PNP vis-à-vis a criminal action to be taken against him.
On January 4, 2023, hours upon appealing to the generals and full-fledged colonels of the Philippine National Police, Estomo immediately expressed his support to Abalos' order and his confidence in the wisdom of PNP leadership along with all NCRPO top brass.
A unity walk was also carried out ensuring a unified stand to tender a courtesy resignation to spell out the oneness of the team to purge the NCRPO of drug protectors and scalawags in uniform.
“We acknowledge the courage and sincere compassion of our leaders and gentlemen in service to cleanse our ranks. At the same time, we trust and believe in the capacity of our committee to conduct fair and just evaluation," Estomo said.