Gov't vowed to purge PNP of scalawags

Tempo - - Comics - (Ge­na­lyn Ka­bil­ing)

The gov­ern­ment has vowed to con­tinue to purge the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) of mis­fits es­pe­cially those in­volved in abuses in the war on il­le­gal drugs, Mala­cañang de­clared yes­ter­day.

Pres­i­den­tial Spokesman Ernesto Abella said the gov­ern­ment has not sanc­tioned the sum­mary killings of drug sus­pects and would not tol­er­ate any po­lice­man who breaks the law.

Abella made the re­marks af­ter the Se­nate ma­jor­ity is­sued a res­o­lu­tion urg­ing the gov­ern­ment to stop the re­cent spate of ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings in the coun­try.

“While the Pres­i­dent is harsh against those in­volved in il­le­gal drugs, he is equally ap­palled by mis­de­meanors of po­lice scalawags. We thus wel San come the Se­nate’s in­ves­ti­ga­tions and in­quiries on erring po­lice per­son­nel as a man­i­fes­ta­tion of a freely func­tion­ing and demo­cratic State mech­a­nism,” Abella said.

“The Pres­i­dent re­mains firm on the need to cleanse the po­lice of its mis­fits, es­pe­cially those re­spon­si­ble for these vi­o­la­tions,” he added.

From July 2016 to June 2017, Abella said more than 1,900 dru­gre­lated in­ves­ti­ga­tions of al­le­ga­tions against cops by the PNP In­ter­nal Af­fairs Ser­vice (IAS).

Of this num­ber, 1,045 cases are now at the ad­min­is­tra­tive pro­ceed­ings stage and 159 law­men face dis­missal from ser­vice, with many oth­ers un­der­go­ing pre-charge in­ves­ti­ga­tions or sum­mary hear­ings.

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