Limlingan: Monitoring integrity in the PNP

The Advocate

A COUPLE of days ago, a Deputy Chief of Police in Bulacan was arrested after using an inmate as his personal driver. The Philippine National Police – Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (PNP-IMEG) has intercepted a Police Captain in his vehicle being driven by an inmate who is facing charges of serious physical injuries.

The driver who was also arrested should be in jail and not driving for the deputy. Both are now the subject of an investigation and be possibly charged for grave misconduct among others.

A few days ago, the Chief of Police in a town in Cebu province was also handcuffed and is now facing charges of violations of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, direct bribery and violation of Article 156 of the Revised Penal Code on the delivery of prisoners from jail.

There were reports that reached the PNP-IMEG that the town's top cop has been eliciting sexual favors from detainees in exchange for their freedom to roam around the police station and its vicinity and sleeping comfortably in an air-conditioned office.

In addition to the "inmate-bedmate" of the police chief, there was another detainee who served as an errand girl of the couple who also enjoyed liberty in exchange of her services to the pair. Both women should be languishing in jail for drug charges.

The police chief and her sleeping partner seemed to have forgotten to conceal pieces of evidence of their misdoings and misadventures. When elements of the IMEG conducted the arrest, they obtained selfie photos of the couple who were apparently enjoying their time together. They are seemingly proud of their "partnership" and their act of sleeping with the enemy.

In addition to the lying poses of the two, the inmate-bedmate has this photo of her wearing her partner policeman's GOA (General Office Attire) uniform while conducting a salute. It seems that a criminal can now wear a law enforcer's uniform.

The couple's partnership in crime earned the ire of netizens and taxpayers. This is where are our taxes go, to the salaries of policemen who sleep with drug criminals, to law enforcement where the apprehended suspects roam freely and enjoy intimacies with their supposed custodians.


Also about the PNP, it's a sad news that one of its helicopters crashed and nearly sealed the fate of the generals who were in it among which is none other than the PNP Chief. To date, one of the star police official is in coma while the rest are recuperating from their injuries and the trauma.

In an amateur video taken during the lift-off, it can be seen that there was a firetruck and firefighters who were at the site of the wreckage. The question is why didn't the firefighters watered the area prior to landing and prior to the take-off of the chopper?

Pilots especially of helicopters should know the protocol of avoiding dusts and other debris that might impair visibility or that might have been sucked by the chopper's engine. These are mere after-thoughts not intended to affect the investigation of the incident.


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