By Francis Wakefield
Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said that the relief of the entire personnel of the Southern Police District-District Special Operations Unit (SPD-DSOU) over allegations of robbery extortion is a positive development in their internal cleansing program.
Dela Rosa made the remark following allegations that SPD-DSOU personnel were involved in an alleged robbery extortion against one Roselyn Genorga, 55, widow, a “loteng” collector and living on Merville Access Road, Bgy. 21, Pasay City.
The suspect was allegedly caught in the act while collecting money as bets for loteng, an illegal numbers game, from unidentified men.
Upon receipt of the report, SPD chief Police Chief Supt. Tomas C. Apolinario Jr. ordered the relief of the policemen.
“That is a very positive sign, positive development in our internal cleansing program. You know why? It did not take the CITF (Counter Intelligence Task Force) to do the entrapment operation, it took personnel within the SPD to undertake or conduct the entrapment operation. So napakaganda niyan (That is very much welcomed),” dela Rosa said.
“They are the ones arresting themselves, hindi na yung outsider na CITF (not the CITF who is an outsider). So meaning everyone has internalized the internal cleansing program,” he added.
Dela Rosa, in the same interview, said the robbery extortion incident allegedly involving the SPD-DSOU personnel only proves how bold some policemen are committing wrongdoings.
“Yes, iyan yung sinasabi natin na mga pulis na dini-diyos ang pera, mga pulis na mukhang pera, mga pumasok sa serbisyo hindi para magserbisyo kung di para yumaman at magkapera. So dapat they don’t deserve a single day sa serbisyo (Yes, that’s what we are saying that some policemen look at money as their god, policemen who are greedy… entering the service not to serve but to have money and get rich),”dela Rosa said.
Dela Rosa said that he has already instructed Apolinario to make sure that administrative cases will immediately be filed against the policemen so that they can fast track the removal of the policemen involved.
Dela Rosa said it’s quite unfortunate that despite the fact that salary of policemen already increased, a number still choose to commit evil acts.
He also joked about chopping off the necks of the policemen involved in the incident.
“Napaka-walanghiya ng mga pulis, isipin mo ang laki ng sweldo nila ngayon… P25,000 kokotongan mo yung hinuli mo? Baka maputulan ko pa ng leeg mga pulis na yun,” (Imagine, we already raised their salary to P25,000 and then they will extort money from the person they arrested. I might chop off their necks),” he said.