27 policemen relieved over corruption allegations

SOME 27 senior police officers have been relieved over allegations of corruption.

Philippine National Police Civil Security Group (CSG) Director Roberto Fajardo said he ordered a major revamp in CSG, Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) and the Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation (Sosia) following reports of “chronic corruption activities”.

Among those affected by the revamp are the deputy chiefs of the FEO, Sosia and CSG.

“Dati iniikot-ikot lang sila, inililipat ng ibang division. When I assumed, I told them pag kita tinanggal ipo-floating kita so ganon ang ginawa ko wala muna silang pwesto. Tingnan natin itong mga inilagay kong bago kung they will deliver ng mas maayos so I will give them two to three months to prove their worth,” he said.

(They used to be simply transferred from one division to another, When I assumed, I told them that if I relieve them, they will be put on floating status. That's what I did. I will give the new officers two to three months to prove their worth.)

He was referring in particular to the alleged “Piso-Piso Click Transaction”, in which policemen allegedly ask for grease money of at least P100 for a smoother and faster transaction.

Fajardo said all transactions in the said units have been computerized but human intervention is needed whenever there are glitches. This is when illegal activities are done.

“Yung piso isang daan yun. Hindi tatakbo ang papel mo kung wala yun. Ano bang ginagawa sa online, kini-click. Kung hindi ko i-click wala kang layang ilagay (ang application), kaya nga piso piso kada click. Ako sinasabi ko ang totoo because I want to put a stop (to this),” he said.

(Piso refers to 100 pesos. Your application will not be processed without it. I am telling the truth because I want to put a stop to this.)

“There are also reports of non-appearance (during transactions) in exchange for grease money,” he added.

Fajardo said he also found out that many of the officers in the said units were “missing in action”.

“Maraming nakalubog ‘yung iba naging consultant na (ng firearms dealer and security agency).’Yung listahan na naka detain sa opisina na yun, ito ang number pero ‘yung nakikita lang ay mababa, nasaan sila? Ang report nagiging consultant na ng ibang agency ng ibang firearms dealer, ito ‘yung babasagin natin, may sweldo na may kita pa,” he said.

Fajardo said the revamp is in line with President Rodrigo Duterte's order to facilitate transactions.

He said that apart from these sudden changes “it is indeed necessary to reorganize the key positions in the entire CSG to those who are eager to take the lead for bigger and more challenges to make the CSG, SOSIA, FEO great.” (SunStar Philippines)


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