INTERIOR and Local Government officer-in-charge Eduardo Año directed incoming Philippine National Police (PNP) Oscar Albayalde to scale up the PNP's campaign against erring cops in the bid to regain the public's trust and confidence in the police forces.
Año said his first directive to Albayalde, who is set to take his oath as the new PNP chief on April 18, is to remove police scalawags nationwide just like what he did in Metro Manila as the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director.
“My first instruction to incoming PNP Chief Albayalde is to go after PNP personnel who are a disgrace to their uniform, especially those who are AWOL, sleeping, non-performing, and drinking-on-the-job. Lahat ng mga pasaway na pulis, tanggalin sa serbisyo,” he said.
"I told General Albayalde to cleanse the police ranks of bad eggs in order make the DILG the best department in government. The PNP leadership should conduct more of the surprise inspections so that we can weed out the non-performing police office. As part of the DILG, the PNP must also conform to our brand which all DILG personnel know by heart,” he added.
Año urged Albayalde to continue with vigor the reforms and internal cleansing of the PNP started by outgoing PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa particularly the implementation of the P.N.P Patrol Plan 2020 (Peace and Order Agenda for Transformation and upholding of the Rule-of-Law).
On April 5, President Rodrigo Duterte announced Albayalde's appointment as replacement for Dela Rosa, who is due to retire on April 21 after a three-month extension. Dela Rosa reached the mandatory retirement age of 56 on January 21.
Under Dela Rosa's watch, the PNP's anti-scalawag police unit, the Counter-Intelligence Task Force, was formed.
The CITF was activated in February 2016 after several policemen were implicated in the kidnapping and killing of Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo.
Jee Ick-joo was abducted from his house in Angeles, Pampanga by policemen in the guise of a legitimate anti-illegal drugs operations.
He was killed inside a parked vehicle in Camp Crame, the PNP's headquarters.
Albayalde is known for being "strict" and conducting surprise inspections at night, resulting in the dismissal of several policemen who were found sleeping or having a drinking session while on duty.
Albayalde noted that cops should always be on their toes especially in the wee hours, when criminal elements usually strike.
He had also relieved the entire Caloocan City police following the involvement of some of its personnel in the killing of teenagers Kian delos Santos and Carl Angelo Arnaiz.
Año said he expects that Albayalde will impose the same disciplinary measures he enforced in the NCRPO nationwide.
“As the next PNP Chief, I expect General Albayalde to double his efforts to cleanse the ranks of police scalawags that tarnish the image of the entire police organization,” he said.
“Under General Albayalde’s leadership, we are confident that the PNP can deliver President Duterte’s promise to eradicate illegal drugs, criminality, and corruption,” he added.
The DILG chief reminded the PNP that with the double pay for uniformed personnel, the entire PNP should step up their game big time and be more committed in carrying out their respective roles in maintaining peace and order and ensuring public safety. (SunStar Philippines)