67 cops face dis­missal

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THE Na­tional Po­lice Com­mis­sion (Napolcom) will sub­mit to Mala­cañang within the month its res­o­lu­tion on the case of the 67 po­lice of­fi­cers who Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte said he wanted to dis­miss from the ser­vice due to var­i­ous of­fenses, Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) chief Ron­ald Dela Rosa said Mon­day.

“I asked for an up­date from the ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer and vice chair­man of Napolcom At­tor­ney (Ro­ge­lio) Ca­surao, tinatanong ko s’ya kung saan na ‘yung case fold­ers nung ac­cord­ing to the Pres­i­dent ay idi-dis­miss n’ya at the start of this year na 67 po­lice of­fi­cers,” he said.

“He told me na within the month mare-re­solve nila la­hat ‘yun. He promised Mala­canang that the res­o­lu­tions of these 67 po­lice of­fi­cers will be sub­mit­ted to Mala­canang for ap­proval by the Pres­i­dent be­fore the end of the month,” he added.

Dela Rosa said the high­est rank of the po­lice of­fi­cial in­cluded in the list is a Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent.

“Well de­pende sa res­o­lu­tion na gal­ing sa Napolcom. Kung ang res­o­lu­tion is ta­la­gang dis­missal from the ser­vice then I am sure the Pres­i­dent will agree right away and he will sign the dis­missal or­der lalo na dito sa mga third level po­lice of­fi­cers, ‘yung se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent,” he said.

Dela Rosa said among the of­fenses the po­lice of­fi­cers had faced were ne­glect of duty, ab­sence with­out of­fi­cial leave (awol), grave mis­con­duct and their in­volve­ment on il­le­gal drugs trans­ac­tion.

He, how­ever, as­sured that they are prop­erly ob­serv­ing due process to en­sure that the dis­missed of­fi­cials will no longer be able to re­turn to the ser­vice.

“Ino-ob­serve natin prop­erly ‘yung due process na may min­i­mum num­ber of days. Hindi pwede ‘yung is­sue ka lang ng or­der na dis­miss kayo na walang due process, makak­a­ba­lik agad ‘yan,” he added.

Mean­time, Dela Rosa said they will be­come “harsher” in clean­ing their ranks from erring po­lice­men es­pe­cially with the sup­port of for­mer Armed Forces of the Philip­pines (AFP) chief of staff now Depart­ment of In­te­rior and Lo­cal Govern­ment (DILG) of­fi­cer-in-charge Ed­uardo Ano who vowed to help fix the im­age of the po­lice.

“We will be harsher this time around. Harsh to the harhest level basta wala kam­ing patawad, no mercy kami sa mga ti­wal­ing pulis,” he said.

Dela Rosa said among those who will ex­pe­ri­ence their harsh sanc­tions were the four po­lice­men who were caught us­ing fire­crack­ers dur­ing hol­i­days.

He said he will make sure that they will be dis­missed from the ser­vice.

Dela Rosa said as the New Year came, the pub­lic should ex­pect him to be con­sis­tent par­tic­u­larly in their cam­paign against po­lice scalawags.

“You ex­pect me to be con­sis­tent with what I have been say­ing. I will walk the talk, ka­pag sin­abi ko gagawin ko ta­laga and ‘yun pa rin ang ak­ing num­ber 1 pri­or­ity is in­ter­nal cleans­ing, lin­isin namin ang PNP,” he said. (Sun­Star Philip­pines)

(PNP) Chief Ron­ald Dela Rosa

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