The PNP’s internal cleansing should reach the provinces
posted 25-Nov-2019  ·  
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Last Oct. 31, 2019, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) announced that, despite the various controversies involving the Philippine National Police (PNP), the internal cleansing in the organization is on-going.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said administrative cases have been filed against 9,172 erring PNP personnel so far, with 51 percent or 4,721 of them already suspended and 31 percent or 2,806 law enforcers dismissed from the service.

He added that 762 PNP personnel were reprimanded; 535 were demoted; 208 experienced salary forfeiture; 80 PNP personnel's privileges were withheld; and 60 are currently restricted.

"Just like any other organization, the PNP is not a perfect organization but it is continuously striving to live up to the expectations of the public through its internal cleansing program. It is therefore commendable that the PNP continues and persists in seeking to change the culture and image of the police organization in the face of on-going challenges," he remarked.

The DILG Chief also expressed satisfaction with the current revamp implemented by PNP Officer-in-Charge Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa, whose first order of business is to ensure that their ranks will be free of scalawag police officers.

He is also pleased with the recent guidelines issued by PNP OIC Gamboa which includes serving the public with a smile, rendering salute to senior officers at all times, and 'no take' or avoiding 'kotong' or extorted money.

The national police OIC’s effort should be commended, although it appears it has yet to manifest here in the Happy Island of Catanduanes, judging by the recent controversies that ensnared some of its officers.

Although the people would be justified in lauding the provincial police for having in its ranks one of The Outstanding Catandunganon Award (TOCA) winners, Pandan police officer Dan Bagay, the news had a bitter taste for certain higher-ups.

Bagay had accused ranking officials of protecting operators of “peryahan” or illegal gambling outtets all over the province that are frequented by the youth. He likewise rued his team’s being required to report to Camp Francisco Camacho on a daily basis, defeating the purpose of their being field operatives who have to be out in the sea or in the forest seeking violators of environmental laws.

Much to the frustration of public school teachers, uniformed men in the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the PNP and other law-enforcing authorities have been granted pay hikes since the start of the Duterte administration, with former military and police generals now occupying key posts in Malacanang.

As pointed out by militant teachers organizations, the lowest-ranked soldier or police officer now receives a basic salary of about P30,000, or P10,000 more than the P20,000 received by a Teacher I or Nurse I. This salary level is also greater than that of a Head Teacher II or a School Nurse II who have more years of training and experience.

Thus, it is a bit of a mystery for the general public that some police officers are still engaged in extortion or protection rackets despite the higher salaries that they are already receiving.

The PNP officer-in-charge should make sure that his campaign against “kotong” policemen and ninja cops should be pursued with vigor not only in front of the national media but also in the countryside where the public, and most of the media, are too afraid for their lives to report such cases of police shenanigans.

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