Where do (brokenhearted) cops go after dismissal?

Published March 3, 2021, 9:22 AM

by Aaron Recuenco 

Since 2016, more than 4,600 policemen have been dismissed from the service for various offenses that include use of and involvement in illegal drugs, extortion and involvement in criminal activities.

CAPTURED. After years of playing hide and seek with policemen after his dismissal in 2011, former cop Jhovani Chua was arrested in Paco, Manila on March 2, for involvement in carnapping and highway robbery. (Photo: PNP-PIO)

The Philippine National Police (PNP) does not monitor the ‘life after dismissal’ of its kicked out personnel but in some cases, they would end up in jail or those who were lucky would just go on with the normal civilian life. But in some cases, the PNP would monitor through intelligence-gathering that some of those dismissed cops would either join criminal syndicates or lead a crime group.

On Tuesday, March 2, for instance, operatives of the PNP’s Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) arrested a former policemen after he was tagged in various cases of carnapping and highway robbery. PNP chief Gen. Debold Sinas said the operation against Jhovani Chua was mapped out after IMEG operatives confirmed intelligence reports about his presence at the Peninsula Garden Midtown Homes in Paco, Manila.

Chua used to be assigned to the Regional Headquarters Support Unit of the National Capital Region Office (NCRPO) with a rank of Police Officer 2 (now Police Corporal) but was dismissed in 2011 for involvement in criminal activities.

A background check revealed that Chua was linked to the hijacking of a truck carrying some P600,000 worth of canned juice in Caloocan City wherein the suspects killed the driver and helper.

He was also tagged in the hijacking of another truck carrying some P300,000 worth of bathroom products in Quezon City.

Sinas said Chua was arrested using arrest warrants for cases of carnapping and highway robbery.

“Manhunt operations are still underway to arrest and put behind bars the cohorts of Chua. The PNP will deal with errant cops or ex-cops who give the organization a bad name,” said Sinas.

The case of Chua is just one of the many cases in the PNP wherein dismissed cops would end up joining or running a criminal syndicates.

In the past years, policemen have arrested dismissed polieemn involved in illegal drugs, gunrunning, carnapping, highway robbery and gun-for-hire activities.