A TOTAL of 1,828 police personnel were dismissed from service since 2016 when the Philippine National Police (PNP) intensified its internal cleansing amid the government’s crackdown against illegal drugs.
PNP spokesperson Superintendent Benigno Durana said a total of 6,401 police personnel were meted administrative penalties since 2016 over various violations, such as involvement in criminal activity including illegal drugs and extortion, grave misconduct, serious neglect of duty, involvement in criminal cases, serious irregularity, malversation, dishonesty and graft and corruption.
Of which, he said 3,589 personnel were suspended, 362 were demoted in rank, 403 were reprimanded, 147 were penalized with salary forfeiture, 43 had withheld privileges, and 29 were restricted to quarters.
Durana said since 2016, 498 more personnel were investigated for drug related cases including 266 who tested positive for drug use and 232 for involvement in drug activity in their areas of responsibility.
He said of which, 261 uniformed and non-uniformed personnel who tested positive for drug use and 92 of those involved in the illegal drugs operation were dismissed from service.
“The Philippine National Police has sustained the momentum of its continuing internal cleansing program in the 190,000-strong police force over the past two years under the Duterte administration when organizational discipline and internal reform became the centerpiece of the service agenda of PNP Chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde,” said Durana.
On Wednesday, Albayalde said the PNP internal cleansing will be as “chilling and deadly.”
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He made the statement amid the arrest of several policemen due to their involvement in illegal activities such as kidnapping and extortion.
On July 31, a policeman was killed while three others were arrested in an operation supposedly against a kidnap-for-ransom group in Taguig City.
The slain cop was identified as Police Officer (PO) 1 Gererdo Ancheta, while those arrested were PO1 Bryan Amir Bajo, PO1 Paolo Ocampo and PO2 Joey Maru.
Also in the evening of July 31, three policemen from the Valenzuela City Police Office were arrested for extorting money from junkshops. They were collecting P200 to P500 from each junkshop.
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The PNP has repeatedly in the hot water due to the involvement of several erring cops in illegal activities particularly amid the government’s war on drugs.
Among the controversial cases that put the PNP in the bad light were the kidnapping and killing of Korean businessman Jee Ick-Joo inside the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame and that of teenagers Karl Angelo Arnaiz and Kian delos Santos, which all resulted in the launching of Senate investigation on extra-judicial killings in relation to the government’s war on drugs. (SunStar Philippines)