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More erring cops

  • Written by Peoples Tonight
  • Published in Newsdesk
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THE continued presence of a few “rotten eggs” in the Philippine National Police (PNP) is one of the
biggest reasons why people are still indifferent to the men and women in police uniform.

But the top leadership of the PNP, headed by Director-General Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa,
has not shown any sign of backing off from its commitment to rid the police agency of crooks.
    
In fact, we are made to believe that the PNP leadership is determined to keep our streets,
highways and other major thoroughfares safe for law-abiding citizens but very dangerous for
criminals.
    
In the heavily-populated metropolis, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) is
keeping an eye on 70 policemen, who are believed to be involved in various illegal activities.
    
Since assuming the top PNP post in July 2016, the hard-hitting Dela Rosa has been
implementing a massive internal cleansing program aimed at ridding the agency of scalawags and
misfits.
    
Now the subject of counter-intelligence operations, the 70 police officers and men are
suspected to be involved in robbery-extortion, “hulidap,” illegal drug trafficking and grave abuse
of authority.
    
NCRPO chief Director Oscar D. Albayalde said majority of the suspects have the rank of
Police Officer 1.  
    
Albayalde said that case build-up is still ongoing, with his highly-trained investigators
gathering enough pieces of evidence that will stand up in court once the suspects are arrested and
charged.
    
Records show that Albayalde has already ordered the dismissal of 270 of his men, who were
found guilty of grave misconduct stemming from serious offenses, like extortion and drug
trafficking.
    
The police leadership deserves the support of the Filipino people, including the poor and
lowly, for not turning a blind eye to the abuses of the few “rotten eggs” in the 175,000-member
PNP.