By Martin Sadongdong
At least 52 personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP)’s Civil Security Group (CSG) have been relieved from their posts because of alleged malpractices reported to the top command, it was bared on Friday.
Police Major General Roberto Fajardo, PNP-CSG chief, said the relief came after he received reports of malpractices of some of his men.
The CSG is a police unit tasked to exercise administrative and operational control in the regulation of the firearms, explosive, and security agency industries. Under the unit is the Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) and Supervisory Office for Security and Investigative Agency (SOSIA).
Fajardo explained that some of those relieved were reportedly providing security detail to VIPs sans official permits while others were “over familiar” with the stakeholders inside the unit.
He said among those relieved were 30 police commissioned officers, 17 police non-commissioned officers, and five non-uniformed personnel.
Although Fajardo refused to divulge the names of those relieved, he said the highest ranking official involved is a colonel.
“Despite the previous reshuffling of personnel and imposition of administrative sanctions [on erring cops], some still challenged my directives and orders, prompting me to take immediate and swift actions,” Fajardo said.
The CSG chief said the latest revamp was part of the unit’s efforts to improve the frontline services of the PNP.
This was not the first time that the CSG implemented a major reshuffle under Fajardo’s leadership, or since he assumed office in August 2019.
Just two months in office, Fajardo sacked 27 CSG personnel in October 2019 over their alleged involvement in corruption.
He said those who had been relieved were accepting P200 to P30,000 grease money for online transactions and “non-appearance” for gun license applications. An applicant is required to personally appear at Camp Crame to apply for a gun license.
CSG data said a total of 67 personnel were removed from the unit because of malpractices and corruption last year.