PNP spokesperson Col. Bernard Banac said they stand by their position not to condone corrupt policemen.
Based on their reports, majority of the cops involved in anomalous activities are non-commissioned officers with ranks ranging from patrolman to police executive master sergeant.
“Sila ang may pinakamaraming bilang sa buong hanay ng PNP at sila iyong nakakalat sa buong komunidad sa lansangan at direktang nakakasalamuha ng ating mga mamamayan kaya’t nandoon lahat ang sitwasyon at impluwensya ng mabuti o masama,” Banac said.
(They have the highest population in PNP and they are mostly deployed in communities and along the streets. They are directly communicating with the public so all situations and influences are there, whether it is good or bad.)
Banac said this situation is among the reasons why they want police training to be transferred to the PNP from the Philippine Public Safety College in order to monitor the discipline and values of future policemen.
“Ang tinitingnan nating mga factors dito maliban sa training ay iyong mismong pag-uugali ng ating mga kasamahan na alam naman natin na ito ay na form na o nabuo na prior pa man na pumasok sila sa PNP,” he adds.
(The factors we are looking at, aside from training, include the core values of our troops which, as we know, is formed before they enter the PNP.)
Among the policemen recently accused by the PNP of anomalous activities like extortion is Police Corporal Anwar Nasser of Pasay Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) and three others.
PO2 Marlou Quibete from the District Drug Enforcement Unit of Eastern Police District was also accused of extortion. On Wednesday (March 6), seven more policemen from Las Piñas City Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit were arrested for kidnapping. —Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
MANILA, Philippines – Three employees of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) were fired from their jobs over alleged corrupt practices.
In its order dated October 25, the LTFRB terminated the services of Rustom Tolentino, Dahlee Joy Saud and Jamil Dimakuta for their alleged involvement in “fixing” activities in the agency’s Northern Mindanao office in Cagayan de Oro City.
Tolentino was the designated driver of the said office; Saud was assigned as frontline assistant while Dimakuta was an inspector. The LTFRB said that based on investigation, the three were involved in “fixing” activities to profit from franchise-related applications.
The agency said the investigation was prompted by a complaint, accusing Tolentino and Saud of demanding money, ranging from P50,000 to P60,000, as “additional payments” for the franchise processing.
The probe revealed the duo’s alleged scheme where Tolentino would receive the applicants and then direct them to Saud who would require the “additional processing payment” aside from the standard processing fees.
Meanwhile, the probe on Dimakuta was launched after a taxi operator accused the inspector of demanding P50,000 for the processing of the complainant’s taxi franchise application.
The LTFRB Dimakuta admitted the accusation when confronted.
“We’ve said this before and we will say it again— walang bayad ang prangkisa. The LTFRB remains committed to the Duterte administration’s drive against corruption,” LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III said in a statement.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, for his part, stressed that corruption of any form will not be condoned within the Department of Transportation and its attached agencies.
“Hindi gatasan ang gobyerno. I sternly warn all our employees: alingasngas lang ng katiwalian, tanggal ka,” Tugade warned.
He also urged the public to help in the government’s campaign against corruption by reporting any anomaly or corruption in agencies.
“I ask the public to cooperate. Isumbong ninyo sa aming tanggapan kung may katiwalian. Nandiyan ang social media, nandiyan ang 8888, huwag kayong matakot na dumulog sa amin at aaksyunan namin ‘yan,” he said.
“Also, I urge you not to deal with fixers. Kung ayaw ninyo ng katiwalian, huwag kayong makipag-transaksyon sa mga fixer,” he added.
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has taken full supervision of the National Police Training Institute (NPTI) and the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) in a formal turn over on Monday (October 7) at Camp Vicente Lim in Calamba, Laguna.
The transfer of supervision was in accordance with Republic Act 11279 which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in May this year.
“The Philippine National Police shall have administrative and operational supervision and control over the Philippine National Police Academy. and the National Police Training Institute,”
RA 11279 states that the transfer of administration is “to better achieve the goals of a highly efficient and competent police force.”
It is also in line with the PNP’s program of internal cleansing among its rank of ‘sloppy’ and ‘scalawag’ policemen.
PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde is confident that by directly managing the police training institutions, the PNP will be able to achieve its targets of 10,000 police recruits who will be honed in lieu of the retiring police officers.
“The PNP is now solely responsible for the making of a complete police officer, from recruitment to retirement,” Albayalde said.
“Thus, we only have ourselves to blame if any PNP member will go astray because of poor training and orientation,” he concluded. MNP (with reports from April Cenedoza)
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