THE number of policemen who are facing administrative charges has increased based on the records of the Philippine National Police Internal Affairs Service (IAS) in the first five months of the year.
A total of 2,291 police officers were slapped with administrative charges from January to May 2019, an increase of about 36 percent from the 1,683 accused policemen in the same period last year.
The average number of cases filed monthly also increased to 458 this year compared to 337 last year.
IAS Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo said, however, that they have maintained a high resolution rate, with 1,454 cases resolved as of May this year. Last year, 1,136 cases were resolved in the same period.
Triambulo said majority of the officers involved have a rank of Patrolman and were accused of involvement in illegal drug activities, violation during police operations, indiscriminate firing and vote-buying during the May 2019 elections.
Earlier, PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde said the PNP will never tolerate illegal activities of policemen.
"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.
“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. 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.
The PNP has been in hot water over several incidents involving policemen who have taken advantage of the administration’s crackdown on illegal drugs to pursue their own ends.
The PNP, which was the first implementing agenct of the government’s war on drugs, was ordered to stop participating in the said campaign following the abduction and killing of Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo inside Camp Crame.
The police have since been allowed to join the campaign again, but the lead implementing agency is the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. (SunStar Philippines)