AS PNP’S WAR on ROGUES CONTINUES.
THE Philippine National Police’s other war or the campaign against rogues in uniform who continue to tarnish the good image of the majority of the 190,000-strong force is continuing with seven already killed in shootouts with agents of the PNP Counter-Intelligence Task Force this year, the Journal Group learned yesterday.
Another 91 have been arrested and charged in court by the PNP-CITF from February 2017 to date, said PNP chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde.
“I take note of the swift and decisive counter-intelligence operations by PNP units mainly through the Counter-Intelligence Task Force that resulted in the arrest of 91 errant PNP members for various violations of criminal law and PNP regulations in irregularities and misconduct,” the country’s top cop said.
The PNP chief said that on top of this, a total of 7,431 PNP personnel have been meted disciplinary penalties for administrative offenses since 2016. They include 2,169 policemen who were dismissed from the service for grave misconduct and other infractions; 4,133 who were suspended; 436 who got demoted; 464 who were reprimanded; and 30 who were ordered restricted to quarters while undergoing investigation.
Forty-eight others had their privileges withheld while 151 had their salaries forfeited for various administrative offenses during the period, he added.
According to PNP-CITF director Senior Superintendent Romeo M. Caramat Jr., the death of the seven rogues in uniform and the arrest of 91 others were a result of 50 separate counter-intelligence operations they conducted over the past 19 months.
Caramat said that during the period, they received a total of 13,481 SMS and calls thru their hotline numbers. Target of the 1,718 complaints were 450 Police Commissioned Officers and 1,454 Police Non-Commissioned Officers from February 3, 2017 to last September 27.
The PNP-CITF said that they are conducting a relentless operation against misfits and scalawags in uniform on orders of Gen. Albayalde who ordered that the PNP Internal Cleansing Program will be relentless to those personnel who put the organization to shame.
“We will also be resolute in our strong desire to achieve an organizational culture where professionalism and integrity pervade and endure at all times. And our internal cleansing program will not spare anyone,” the PNP chief said.
PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Benigno B. Durana Jr. said that 368 of the erring policemen were dismissed for drug-related offenses.
Caramat called anew on the public to report police abuses, irregularities and anomalies through their 24/7 Text and Call hotlines: 0998-970-2286 and 09995-795-2569 and thru ‘Counter Intelligence Task Force’ (@PNPCITF) on Facebook Messenger.
The official said their investigations also led to the filing of administrative cases before the Internal Affairs Service against 66 policemen and criminal charges in court versus 85 errant cops and 21 of their civilian accomplices.
He said that 173 complaints and information received by their office have been referred to the office of the Deputy Regional Director for Operations of the regional unit where the concerned policeman is assigned.
Caramat said that of the 13,481 complaints and information they received since February 3 last year, 36 complaints involving 75 PNP personnel and civilians were referred for investigation while another 137 cases involving 180 PNP personnel and civilians were subjected to proper validation by concerned PNP units.
As of yesterday, the official said they have entertained 152 walk-in complainants who reported the illegal acts of 203 PNP personnel and other involved civilians.
On Monday last week, PNP-CITF agents arrested Police Officer 1 Joel Antillon, a member of the PNP Highway Patrol Group accused of extortion during an entrapment operation in front of Nayong Pilipino in Pasay City. He was accused of demanding P100,000 for the release of two impounded motor vehicles.
Antillon’s accomplice identified as PO3 Michael Libunao is also being hunted by the PNP-CITF as of press time.