THE Philippine National Police (PNP) reiterated Thursday that the transfer or reassignment of erring policemen is a regular procedure in the agency and it is not a form of punishment.
"It's the decision of the chief PNP. The activity, process or procedure of transfer and reassignment is a regular thing in the PNP. Kung na-transfer sa Mindanao or Marawi there are also from Mindanao that got transferred to Visayas and Luzon," PNP spokesperson Dionardo Carlos said after the transfer to Marawi City of two cops assigned in Mandaluyong City whose beating video has gone viral on the internet.
PNP chief Ronald Dela Rosa ordered Police Officer (PO) 1 Jose Julius Tandog and PO1 Chito Enriquez, both accused of police brutality, to be transferred to Marawi City where armed conflict between government troops and the Maute terror group are ongoing.
"They will be assigned to Marawi City police station dahil kulang tayo ng tao doon. Doon gamitin nila 'yung kanilang tapang doon 'yung pamamalo niya doon. Doon siya magpalo sa mga Maute at Abu Sayyaf doon," Dela Rosa said.
On Wednesday, Tandog and Enriquez arrived in Marawi City.
Zia Alonto Adiong, spokesman of the provincial crisis management committee, took offense after the deployment two policemen to the war-torn city, saying the southern city is not a trash bin of erring cops.
However, Dela Rosa said he sees nothing wrong with his decision noting that it is not only in Mindanao that they re-assigned erring policemen both as for their punishment and rehabilitation.
"'Yung mga nagkakamali dito na mga pulis na may derogatory reports, andun din sa Cordillera, sa Abra," he said.
For his part, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said he is not against Dela Rosa's order but he is questioning the wisdom for doing so.
"Their punishment should not be Marawi assignment but sanctions such as suspension without pay or outright dismissal from the service," he said. (SunStar Philippines)