711 erring Metro Manila cops have been dismissed from the service of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) as part of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) internal cleansing program.
24 of these were charged with violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002; 39 were indicted for robbery/extortion; 30 were given the boot for human rights violations; five were dismissed with physical injury complaints. Another 236 were let go due to other grave cases, and another 377 went AWOL (Absent Without Official Leave).
According to Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, the 711 NCR cops are part of some 2,279 personnel who have been disciplined since July 2016 to the fist semester of this year. The erring officers were guilty of various offenses and illegal acts.
Some 190 police officers during this same period were demoted while 1,378 were suspended.
Eleazar said that the PNP’s internal cleansing program heavily encourages the public to continue participating and reporting erring cops to the PNP or providing information against rogue police personnel. Victims and complainants are also urged to come forward, as the PNP is definitely on their side and erring cops will be put in jail.
“The PNP with our chief, PNP Gen. (Oscar) Albayalde leading the way, is determined to rid our ranks of undeserving policemen,” he told PNA in an interview.
Eleazar also instructed all police officials, directors, commanders, and chiefs of units and offices to ramp up their efforts to weed out bad cops in their ranks. According to Albayalde, the stance of the PNP against these illegal acts or wrongdoings is zero tolerance.
“When a recruit takes his oath as a professional police officer, he automatically loses or waives some of his rights in favor of organizational discipline, duties and responsibilities. So, being scolded, reprimanded, bawled out, or dressed down for misdemeanor, misconduct or commission of crime is just part and parcel of his life being in the uniformed service,” Albayalde said in a statement.
The police chief reiterated that the PNP is deadset on enforcing a culture of change and character transformation among police officers. The PNP internal initiative is just one part of the effort – all stakeholders should take part in this intiative.
“We continue to ask for the media’s help because this way, we can emphasize that we are true and serious in our drive in wiping out scalawags within our ranks,” Albayalde said in Filipino.
“This is a stern warning to all PNP personnel. We will be adding more teeth to our campaign against those rogues and scalawags among our ranks. We will not hesitate to relieve any official from their posts should any incident like this extortion and robbery case would happen again,” he added.