SOME 27 police officers were dismissed in Caraga Region as efforts against the so-called scalawags in the Philippine National Police organization continue.
Brigadier General Joselito Esquivel Jr., Police Regional Office (PRO)-Caraga, said the Discipline Law and Order Section of the Regional Personnel and Records Management Division and Regional Internal Affairs Service 13 have recorded a total of 200 cases charged against law enforcers.
Among the 200 cases, 194 are already resolved and the police scalawags involved have been slapped with appropriate penalties.
A total of 27 cops were dismissed from police service, five were demoted, 41 were suspended, 14 were reprimanded, when some 184 policemen were exonerated. Three cases were dismissed.
Esquivel said the dismissed policemen were found guilty of grave neglect of duty, conduct unbecoming of a police officer and grave misconduct.
Meanwhile, in January 15, police also arrested Police Senior Master Sergeant Rosil Abenion Ellevera in a joint operation of Regional Internal Affairs (RIAS)-Caraga, Regional Intelligence Unit 11, and Aviation Security Unit 11.
Ellevera was apprehended for violation of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002 and for illegal possession of firearms.
Also, former policeman Florevino Lumicay Ondog was arrested on October 25, 2019 in Manukan, Zamboanga del Norte for rape involving a 6-year-old girl.
“This is part of our ongoing internal cleansing efforts to instill discipline and build ethics among our ranks. We need cops who are true to their sworn duties and committed to render quality police services,” Esquivel said.