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Sleeping, drinking cops

  • Written by Peoples Tonight
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IF the public sees that the men and women in police uniform are doing a great job in serving the
people, then it would be much easier for them (cops) to regain the trust and confidence of the
citizens.

In fact, in the view of various quarters, including the ordinary citizens, the officers and
men of the Philippine National Police (PNP) ought to show that they are worth supporting and
defending.

That’s why it is certainly saddening, lamentable and disgusting to see uniformed policemen
sleeping or drinking liquor while on duty inside police stations in the National Capital Region
(NCR).
    
No less than Director Oscar D. Albayalde, chief of the National Capital Region Police Office
(NCRPO), caught sleeping or drinking police officers and men during his surprise inspections last
week.
    
Albayalde said the erring policemen would most likely be facing suspension without pay,
pointing out that even a one-day suspension would mean the forfeiture of a policeman’s bonus in one
year.
    
The NCRPO chief is angry at the sleeping or drinking policemen since they actually
compromise the security of their stations.
    
Albayalde said he will recommend to PNP chief Director-General Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa
that the erring policemen be sent to Mindanao, where heavily-armed communist rebels and terrorists
are active.
    
Even retired military Gen. Eduardo Año, officer-in-charge (OIC) of the Department of the
Interior and Local Government (DILG), said that the erring policemen do not deserve the increase in
salary given to them.
    
Año, a former chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), described the sleeping or
drinking policemen as disgrace to the PNP. They should be meted with harsh penalties for dereliction
of duty, he said.
    
Like the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and the Bureau of Fire Protection
(BFP), the 175,000-member PNP, which is civilian in nature but national in scope, is under the DILG.
 
It is hoped that all PNP regional and provincial directors follow the example of  Albayalde
and conduct similar spot checks and inspections of all operating units to ensure that policemen are
doing their jobs.