DILG to review training process amid involvement of police officers in corruption

UNTV News   •   August 14, 2017   •   6497

MANILA, Philippines —The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has expressed concern on reports that some police non-commissioned officers are involved in corruption

Police non-commissioned officers (PNCO) are police officers who finished criminology and have ranks of PO1 to SPO4.

DILG officer-in-charge, Undersecretary Catalino Cuy said they want to bring back the training under the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA).

The official added that they will also need to review the police training process since this is where the possible influence of corruption starts among policemen.

“Because there is a portion in their 12 months of training wherein they will be on field training so we are seeing that they are being corrupted in that stage because PPSC is more on classroom instructions only,” Cuy said.

Just last week, not less than 10 police officers were arrested by the PNP Counter Intelligence Task Force (CITF).

Since the CITF was formed this year, they have already arrested 57 police officers.

More than 1,000 are also under investigation.

The most prevalent violations are police acting as protectors of illegal activities, drug related cases and extortion

CITF said there are even police officers that use the war on drugs campaign to extort money.

CITF spokesperson PCInsp. Jewel Nicanor said, “Instead of their accomplishment in arresting a suspect, the culture outside is, they extort money instead of putting those persons in jail.”

For complaints on erring police officers, the public can text on the CITF hotline number 0998-970-2286. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

PNP to replace CITF with IMEG to monitor corrupt cops

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 14, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will create a new task force to replace the Counter-Intelligence Task Force (CITF) in order to pin down corrupt cops.

The PNP has launched the Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) as part of the plan to strengthen their campaign against corrupt policemen.

PNP Chief PGen. Oscar Albayalde said the new task force will focus on all erring policemen including those involved in illegal drugs.

“It will be as relentless as the first day that we launched our campaign against illegal drugs, hindi magbabago iyan. Walang aabuso na pulis, hindi lang pang aabuso, pati iyong mga mai-involve sa korapsyon, (That will not change. No cop will abuse [their authority], this also include cops involved in corruption),” he said.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said they are serious in cleansing the whole police ranks.

“We upgraded the CITF into a group so meaning to say more resources, more people, and more authority, because we are serious in cleansing the ranks of the policemen,” he said.

The IMEG, according to Albayalde will still be headed by PCol. Romeo Caramat. It will also need new equipment and personnel for a more comprehensive cleansing.(with reports from Lea Ylagan)

PPSC to dig deeper for other sexual harassment cases in PNPA

admin   •   October 26, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) cadets

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) wants to dig deeper into the recent case of two freshman cadets who complained of sexual harassment against an upperclassman.

The PPSC already formed a fact-finding committee comprised of four members to delve into the incident that allegedly occurred at the Philippine National Police Academy last October 6.

National Police Training Institute director P/CSupt. Ramon Rafael will lead the group tasked to probe, initiate and recommend measures to prevent similar incidents from happening again.

PPSC president, PDDG Ricardo de Leon said, “Ginagawa natin ang lahat ng paraan para di na maulit ang ganitong klaseng isolated practice. May mga initial feedback na rin tayong kinukuha pinapa determine natin na baka may iba pang cases na it has something to do with also unusual sexual behavior.”

De Leon vowed fair investigation even if the respondent is a scion of a police general.

“We have to really discipline this people and itong grave offense will lead to dismissal of the cadets. Pero hinahayaan natin ang due process but definitely we will implement what is the necessary punishment,” he said.

The committee also aims to investigate whether there had been other cases of sexual harassment within the PNPA in the previous years.

“I told them to submit their initial report after seven days… Sabi ko let us dig deeper baka may mga ibang unusual practices that we have to avert right away,” De Leon said.

The fact finding committee is expected to submit the initial investigation results before the month ends. — Lea Ylagan

Cop, accomplice arrested for selling unlicensed guns

admin   •   October 24, 2018

Arrested suspects, PO2 Jaid Pingli  (second to the right) and his accomplice, Jose Dalayre (center)

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — An active police officer of Pasay Police Station 5 was arrested by members of the Philippine National Police Counter-Intelligence Task Force (CITF) in a buy-bust at 3rd Street, Bagong Lipunan, Quezon City on Tuesday (October 23) afternoon.

The CITF’s poseur-buyer reached out to PO2 Jaid Pingli to purchase M4 and M16 rifles for P90,000.

Authorities also arrested Pingli’s civilian accomplice, Jose Dalayre, who manufactures the guns.

CITF commander PSSupt. Romeo Caramat Jr., said it was the poseur-buyer’s fourth time to purchase weapons from the two suspects.

Police confiscated a M4, M16 rifles and a 9mm pistol from the two.

Weapons confiscated from the suspects

 

Caramat confirmed that among the suspects’ clients that patronize unlicensed guns are two politicians from Kalinga.

“Nalalapit na ang eleksyon magiging delikado at di natin ma ensure na magiging tahimik ang eleksyon,” Caramat said.

The suspects are allegedly connected with the Pingli Brothers of Zamboanga Peninsula — a known kidnap for ransom syndicate.

“He is a relative of the notorious Pingli Brothers of Zamboanga Peninsula who are involved in kidnap for ransom activities and yung mga ibang pinsan nito ay nahuli na at namatay na sa police operations at yung iba ay at large,” Caramat said.

Pingli and Dalayre are facing charges for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.

Aside from a criminal case, Pingli will also face administrative charges. — Lea Ylagan

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