PNP ‘cleansing’ axes 398 cops in 26 months

The Philippine National Police (PNP) under the leadership of Director General Ronald M. de la Rosa has already dismissed from the service a total of 398 policemen during the past 26 months and has penalized 1,614 others due to various offenses.

PNP Spokesman Chief Supt. John Bulalacao said that of the number of dismissed personnel, 167 were fired due to drug-related offenses as the PNP continue to implement its top-to-bottom internal cleansing in the 180,000-strong organization.

Bulalacao said that based on the records of the PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management (DPRM), aside from those axed, an additional 1, 614 were meted with administrative penalties from 2016 to 2018 under the PNP Comprehensive Internal Disciplinary Mechanism.

Dela Rosa ordered the DPRM to immediately implement his dismissal order against the 398 erring policemen as he reiterated his uncompromising stand against misconduct and breach of discipline in the ranks.

“As the father of the organization, my heart bleeds when I sign dismissal orders for delinquent policemen. It’s a tough decision, but it had to be done for the sake of the organization,” dela Rosa said.

Among those dismissed, 151 were found positive for illegal-drugs use, while 16 more were involved in drug-related activities.

Also, 91 were dismissed for absence without official leave; 10 for kidnapping; 22 for murder; three for rape; six for homicide; two for parricide; and three for illegal arrest or

Additionally, 23 were also dismissed for their involvement in robbery extortion; one for graft and malversation and 70 for grave misconduct that arose from immorality, dishonesty, estafa and violation of Batas Pambansa 22.

On the other hand, the disciplinary sanctions for the 1,216 policemen ranged from demotion to suspension, reprimand, restriction and even salary forfeiture.

Bulalacao said that since 2016, there were 14,515 administrative cases that were investigated, wherein 8,422 cases were resolved.

Currently, at least 6,093 administrative cases were still awaiting resolutions.





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