FILE PHOTO: PNP personnel gather round before a police officer. (UNTV News)
“I’m more excited rather than feared.”
Incoming PNP Chief PCSupt. Ronald Dela Rosa is excited to lead the 160,000 strong Philippine National Police. While the men on the other hand are allegedly growing anxious.
PNP Chief PDG Ricardo Marquez said it was the reaction he received from some policemen during his rounds in regional and provincial police offices while he bid them farewell.
“I told them, “change is coming, and we should not fear change.” said Marquez. “Most of the time we feel anxious when there is change. But whoever is in position as president, as PNP Chief, for as long we remain committed to public service, loyal to the badge we wear, our mission remains – to prevent crimes and solved crime. Our core purpose is to serve and protect. So, let’s just continue to do our jobs well and with that, we have nothing to worry about.”
For his part, incoming chief PNP PCSupt. Ronald Dela Rosa said there is no reason to worry over the potential reshuffle as it would not affect their salary in case they are moved.
He pressed that only the scalawag policemen should worry.
“Why worry? Do you have tourist title on the position? You can just follow orders. If you are issued to leave your post, then go. But then, if you leave, is your salary affected too? You will still receive your salary,” Dela Rosa said.
In line with this, Gen. Dela Rosa confirms that he will first order the movement of operatives from the Anti-illegal Drugs Groups and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group to make it more possible to eliminate illegal drug activities and crimes in the country within three to six months as promised by President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.
Nine policemen tagged in the shooting of four soldiers in Jolo, Sulu on June 29 are now under restrictive custody at Camp Crame, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP).
The PNP identified the policemen as Police Senior Master Sergeant Abdelzhimar Padjiri; Police Master Sergeant Hanie Baddiri; Police Staff Sergeant Iskandar Susulan; Police Staff Sergeant Ernisar Sappal; Police Corporal Sulki Andaki; Patrolman Moh. Nur Pasani; Police Staff Sergeant Almudzrin Hadjaruddin; Patrolman Alkajal Mandangan and Patrolman Rajiv Putalan.
The policemen were transferred to Camp Crame after the second test result for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) of one of the cops turned out negative. His first COVID-19 rapid test last Friday (July 3) was positive.
According to the PNP Spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac, the nine non-commissioned police officers will be available for inquiry at Camp Crame while the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) conducts further investigation on the shooting incident.
“Anytime na lumabas ang resulta ng imbestigasyon ng NBI ay kailangan na sumailaim sila sa proseso. So kung ito man ay nangangahulugan ng pagsasampa ng kaso ay nariyan agad sila para sumailalim sa proseso, (Anytime the NBI investigation result is released, they need to undergo the process. So if it means filing of cases, they will be present to go through the process),” he said.
Meanwhile, PNP Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa urges the nine cops to cooperate with the NBI on the investigation.
“We should participate and we should cooperate fully with the NBI kasi kung ang ginawa niyo naman tama then wala kayong worry pero siyempre kapag mali then mananagot talaga kayo, (if you have done the right thing, then there is nothing to worry about but of course, if you are wrong then you will be held accountable),” he said. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
The Philippine National Police-Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (PNP-IMEG) on Monday (July 6) arrested two policemen for extorting money from tricycle drivers in Bulacan.
PNP-IMEG Spokesperson PCapt. Mae Ann Cunanan said the agency has been receiving numerous reports since 2019 against two policemen and two civilians extorting from motorists.
Based on reports, the cops would demand payment from motorists in exchange for redeeming their licenses instead of only issuing a citation ticket.
“Kapag hinuhuli nila iyong mga traffic violators, mga tricycle drivers ay hindi nila ini-issue ang ticket. Instead, kinukuha nila iyong pera kapalit nito iyong pagtanggal na sa kanilang violation, (When they apprehend traffic violators and tricycle drivers, they will not issue a ticket. They would take money instead in exchange for removing the violation),” she said.
Cunanan identified the two policemen as PSMgt. Vic Godwin and Pat. Jay Mark Tuazon who are assigned in Malolos City Police Community Precinct 5. The two civilians who served as their middlemen were identified as Wendell Mendoza and Kenneth Villena.
The suspects will be charged with robbery extortion while the two policemen will have additional administrative cases and grave misconduct. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
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