PNP Chief PDG Oscar Albayalde
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) will soon publish in broadsheets and social media the names of new police recruits as part of its stricter screening process.
PNP Chief PDG Oscar Albayalde said the measure would allow the general public to report the recruits with pending criminal cases.
“The applicants, their names will all be published in major newspapers na kaibigan natin na gustong mag-publish din nito (who are willing to publish), whether broadsheet or tabloid,” Albayalde said.
Albayalde added that under the proposed recruitment reform, an officer who conducted and signed off on the background investigation of a would-be policeman who later turns out to have pending criminal cases, will also be sanctioned.
“Magiging strict tayo sa (We will be strict with) background investigation that will be conducted by the different stations they will make to sign, the station commanders and the person who conducted and the police officer who conducted the background investigation. Kaya kapag ito ay may ginawa na di maganda (So if the new recruit does something bad ), we will go back to that person kung sino ang nag-BI sa kanya,” the PNP Chief explained.
The PNP also plans to put barcodes on psychological tests taken by its recruits to prevent them from being tampered with.
The reforms in the PNP recruitment process were prompted by the cases involving cops in crimes and illegal practices.
Just recently, a PO3 was named as the gunman in the killing of Sapa-Sapa, Tawi-Tawi City Vice Mayor Alrashid Mohammad Alih last July 11.
Another cop was implicated in the abduction of a businessman in Laguna while a group of rookie policemen was arrested over extortion complaints. – Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
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