PNP creates per­ma­nent anti-scalawag unit

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THE Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) launched on Fri­day, June 14, 2019, a new unit that will con­duct op­er­a­tions against erring po­lice per­son­nel.

The In­tegrity Mon­i­tor­ing and En­force­ment Group (IMEG) will re­place the twoyear old Counter-in­tel­li­gence Task Force (CITF) and will serve as the pri­mary unit for in­for­ma­tion gath­er­ing and the con­duct of of­fen­sives against PNP per­son­nel in­volved in il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties.

“This newly-formed en­force­ment group is de­signed to con­duct in­tel­li­gence build-up and law en­force­ment op­er­a­tions against PNP per­son­nel who are in­volved in any il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties such as drug traf­fick­ing, hu­man traf­fick­ing, fi­nan­cial crimes, cybercrime, malver­sa­tion, graft and cor­rupt prac­tices, se­cu­rity vi­o­la­tions, and oth­ers,” PNP Chief Os­car Al­bay­alde said.

“I am glad to note that this is our way of in­sti­tu­tion­al­iz­ing our ef­forts against rogue cops and cleans­ing our ranks in or­der to ful­fill our duty with all hon­esty, honor, and in­tegrity,” he added.

Colonel Romeo Cara­mat Jr., the direc­tor of the now de­funct CITF, will be the of­fi­cer-in-charge of IMEG.

The new group is com­posed of 306 uni­formed per­son­nel, 55 Po­lice com­mis­sioned of­fi­cers and 251 Po­lice non-com­mis­sioned of­fi­cers.

A 72-man com­pany from the PNP Spe­cial Ac­tion Force will pro­vide tac­ti­cal sup­port to the new­lyestab­lished unit.

“We re­it­er­ate that po­lice per­son­nel will be as­signed or de­tailed at the IMEG should pass the rig­or­ous back­ground in­ves­ti­ga­tion and screen­ing process in­clud­ing neu­ropsy­chi­atric ex­am­i­na­tion and grad­u­ates of In­tel­li­gence Course or sem­i­nar,” said Al­bay­alde.

“As what I have promised when I as­sumed my post that the cen­ter­piece of my ad­min­is­tra­tion is to in­stall or­ga­ni­za­tional dis­ci­pline and in­ter­nal re­form. Our in­ter­nal cleans­ing pro­gram will not spare any­one,” he added.

The CITF was cre­ated af­ter Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte or­dered the PNP, then un­der the lead­er­ship of sen­a­tor-elect Ronald dela Rosa, to weed out erring cops and to stop from par­tic­i­pat­ing in the il­le­gal drugs op­er­a­tions fol­low­ing the in­volve­ment of sev­eral po­lice of­fi­cers in the kid­nap­ping and killing of Korean busi­ness­man Jee Ick-joo.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF THE PHILIP­PINE NAVY

ABAN­DONED FISH­ER­MEN. The crew of the Philip­pine Navy's BRP Ra­mon Al­caraz pro­vide food to the 22 aban­doned fish­er­men, be­fore they will re­turn to their re­spec­tive fam­i­lies, on Fri­day (June 14, 2019). Marine Bgen. Edgard Arevalo, spokesper­son of the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines (AFP), in a state­ment said the turn over of the fish­er­men will be par­tic­i­pated in by the Philip­pine Navy, rep­re­sented by Com­modore An­to­nio Pal­ces, the Com­man­der of Naval Forces South­ern Lu­zon; Mr. Eleazar Salilig, rep­re­sen­ta­tive of NTF West Philip­pine Sea; and the Mi­maropa Re­gional Direc­tor of the Bu­reau of Fish­eries and Aquatic Re­sources (BFAR). Arevalo said the AFP may as­sist the rel­e­vant gov­ern­ment agency that may con­duct a for­mal in­quiry on the in­ci­dent.

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