By Aaron Recuenco
A total of 2,169 policemen were dismissed from the service while more than 5,000 others were meted with penalties that range from salary forfeiture to demotion as the Philippine National Police (PNP) intensified its anti-scalawag campaign.
PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said included in those dismissed and penalized were some of the 100 policemen who were arrested by the Counter-Intelligence Task Force (CITF) since Febuary last year.
“This is part of our internal cleansing and organizational discipline,” said Albayalde, adding that the data is from 2016 to date.
Some of those dismissed were implicated in illegal drugs-related offenses such as testing positive in drug test to drug protection racket. The rest are for various criminal activities.
Aside from those dismissed, a total of 4,133 others were suspended while 436 others were demoted.
Another 464 policemen were reprimanded, 151 were penalized with forfeiture of salary while 78 others were meted with minor penalties.
“As we have promised, this internal cleansing program will continue without let-up until we completely achieve our desire for a highly professional and disciplined police force that truly deserves the trust and support of the people,” said Albayalde.
The PNP leadership has vowed to intensify the internal cleansing program after reports of involvement of policemen o various illegal activities, including drug protection racket.
Albayalde said there is no more reason for policemen to engage in illegal money-making activities since their salaries were already increased significantly.
But despite the salary increase, a number of policemen continue to be arrested or killed due to involvement in various illegal activities that include extortion and recycling of illegal drugs.