THE Philippine National Police (PNP) welcomed on Tuesday, October 8, the conduct of a lifestyle check on its personnel amid reports of erring officers' involvement in the recycling of illegal drugs.
PNP spokesperson Brigadier General Bernard Banac said the PNP Internal Affairs Service conducts a lifestyle check on PNP personnel every March in accordance with Republic Act 6713, or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.
“Every year tuwing March 31 ang lahat ng PNP personnel ay obligado mandato na magsumite ng kanilang Annual Statement of Asset Liabilities base kung ano ang nadeklarang asset liability ng ating kasamahan ang siyang magiging basehan ng ating Internal Affairs Service upang tignan ang paglabag sa mga umiiral na batas,” Banac said in a press briefing.
On Monday, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo expressed support for the conduct of lifestyle checks among PNP personnel following reports that there are cops allegedly involved in the recycling of illegal drugs, also known as “ninja cops.”
Banac said the PNP is ready to provide documents pertaining to the lifestyle investigation of their men once higher officials ask for it.
“Sa ngayon wala pa tayong nakikita, wala pang ulat na may lumalabag sa umiiral na batas na ito subalit kung may ulat tayo matatanggap o reklamo di umano ay labis ang lifestyle ng isang pulis nakahanda po ang PNP palagi imbestigahan ang mga ulat ng ating IAS,” he said.
“Maging sinuman opisyal ng PNP sumasailalim dito sa annual lifestyle check na isinasagawa ng Internal Affairs Service lahat po yan ay sumailalim kailangan i-subject lahat,” he added. (SunStar Philippines)