AFTER doubling the monthly pay of the men and women in police uniform, it is definitely time for the government to rid the Philippine National Police (PNP) of “rotten eggs,” including the so-called “15-30 cops.”
The PNP leadership, headed by Director-General Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa of Class 1986 of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), had earlier vowed to go after policemen drinking or sleeping while on duty.
Otherwise known as “ghost policemen,” “15-30 cops” continue to receive their pay and other benefits without reporting for work. They just report for duty to get their salaries every 15th and 30th of the month.
Past investigations showed that these erring cops are either working abroad, acting as bodyguards of VIPs (very important persons) or have other businesses that prevent them from reporting daily for work.
The investigators also believed that the salaries of other “15-30 cops” were being pocketed by some rogue officers.
Director Oscar D. Albayalde, chief of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), which is the country’s premier PNP regional office, said “15-30 cops” face dismissal from the service.
But police officers and men caught drinking or sleeping while on duty will be afforded due process, meaning they will be given a chance to be heard before they are suspended or dismissed.
While waiting for developments, the public should help the PNP leadership in its campaign against erring lawmen by reporting the nefarious activities of the men and women in uniform.
Well-meaning Filipinos are of the view that unless the people, including the ordinary citizens, support the campaign, the authorities may find it difficult to pin down erring policemen.
Huwag na huwag tayong magbulag-bulagan sa mga katarantaduhan ng mga bugok na pulis at iba pang lingkod-bayan na sumisira sa imahe ng Pilipinas sa international community.