APART from going after policemen drinking or sleeping while on duty, the Philippine National Police leadership will also be cracking down on so-called “15-30” or “ghost” policemen who continue to receive their pay and other benefits despite failing to report for work.
PNP Internal Affairs Service deputy inspector general Director Leo Angelo D. Leuterio said they will be conducting more surprise inspections of different police stations and police-community precincts in Metro Manila and other parts of the country where regional IAS offices are located.
However, he said that due process will be given policemen who will be caught sleeping inside their stations to verify claims that some of them have valid reasons to sleep such as they are actually staying in their stations and have already finished their duties and need to sleep for the next day’s work.
‘’These policemen would be given a chance to be heard,” the member of Philippine Military Academy ‘Maringal’ Class of 1988 said as he expressed confidence that the majority of the police force are fully dedicated and duty-bound officers.
He said that if the policemen investigated would be able to prove that their “sleeping acts” could be justified, they would be cleared from any liabilities.
National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Oscar D. Albayalde said that apart from making unannounced visits at Metro Manila police stations and PCPs, he will also be launching a crackdown on “15-30” policemen saying their offense is punishable by dismissal from the service.
“15-30” policemen are those who only report for duty to claim their salaries every 15th and 30th of the month. Past investigations showed that these erring policemen are either working abroad, acting as personal bodyguards of VIPs or have other businesses that prevent them from reporting daily for work.
The salaries of these erring cops were believed being pocketed by some rogue officers, previous PNP investigations showed.