Hundreds of erring cops fired

Hundreds of erring cops fired

MANILA (Philippines News Agency) — Some 398 erring personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) are dismissed from service, including 169 who are facing drug-related offenses.

Records culled by the PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management (DPRM) showed those dismissed were among the 1,614 PNP personnel meted disciplinary penalties for involvement in administrative cases from ‎‎2016-2018 under the PNP Comprehensive Internal Disciplinary Mechanism.

PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa ordered the DPRM to immediately dismiss these officers from the service.

“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,” the PNP chief said.

Among those dismissed, 151 were found positive for drug use while 18 more were involved in drug-related activities.

Ninety-one were dismissed for absence without official leave; ten for kidnapping, 22 for murder, three for rape; six for homicide; two for parricide; and three for illegal arrest/ detention.

Twenty-three more were dismissed for involvement in robbery/extortion; one for graft/ malversation; and 70 others for grave misconduct that stemmed from immorality, dishonesty, estafa, and violation of BP-22 (Anti-Bouncing Check Law).

Aside from those dismissed, 1,216 other personnel were meted disciplinary penalties in ‎‎2016-2018 ranging from demotion, suspension, reprimand, restriction, and salary forfeiture.

Since 2016, there were 14,515 administrative cases investigated where 8,422 cases were resolved. At present, there are 6,093 administrative cases pending resolution. (PNA)

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