TACLOBAN CITY-A total of 798 police officers from the region are facing administrative cases since 2016 up until the first semester of this year following the internal cleansing program of the Police Regional Office 8 (PRO-8).
This was disclosed by Brigadier General Dionardo Carlos, police regional director, who said that the police organization is serious on its campaign to make it more professional and free from scalawags.
“In our quest for genuine cleansing and transformation, we will go through challenges. Thus, we will more strict in implementing internal cleansing among our ranks,” Carlos said.
Carlos said that 494 administrative cases were filed against its personnel, 353 of these were filed before the Office of the Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division while the other 141 cases were filed before the Regional Internal Affairs Service 8.
The police regional director said the “strict implementation” of the program has led to the dismissal from the service of 99 police personnel; 172 suspended; 373 exonerated; 12 demoted; and 4 reprimanded for various offenses.
However, the other cases remain pending for resolution.
The top recorded cases filed against these errant police officers are Absence Without Official Leave (Awol), violations against revised penal code, conduct unbecoming of a police officer, loss of issued firearm, solicitation of political patronage, violations of police operational procedure, failure to prepare and submit report, and willful violation of office regulations, PRO-8 said in a statement.
The internal reforms of the Philippine National Police (PNP) is one of the thrusts under the leadership of Police General Oscar David Albayalde. (RONALD O. REYES)