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Over 2,000 cops dismissed due to anomalous activities

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, March 7th, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has imposed disciplinary actions against 8,440 policemen involved in anomalous activities with 2,528 of them already dismissed.

Among the over 2,000 dismissed cops, 400 were involved in illegal drugs.

Meanwhile, 4,511 out of the 8,440 policemen had been suspended and are currently facing administrative cases.

READ: 7 cops arrested over alleged kidnapping for ransom

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)

READ: Eastern Police, Pasay top cops sacked over extortion, kidnapping claims

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Duterte orders freezing of several Customs officials, employees

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, July 11th, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a situation briefing with members of his Cabinet and local government officials to discuss disaster response measures in the aftermath of Tropical Depression (TD) ‘Usman’. at the Camarines Sur Watersports Complex (CWC) in Pili, Camarines Sur on January 4, 2019 ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the freezing of several high-ranking officials and employees of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) over corruption allegations.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said these officials are facing administrative and criminal charges for unlawful activities. Their names, he said would be disclosed “at the appropriate time.”

“The President’s latest action underscores this Administration’s zero tolerance on corruption among erring officials,” Panelo said in a statement released on Wednesday night (July 10).

“We continue to dismantle corruption in the bureaucracy and rid it of corrupt officials and employees… The anti-corruption campaign is continuing as it is relentless. No one will be spared,” he added.

Duterte’s order was issued days after he warned of firing several Customs officials who are accused of corruption. The president also bared he was mulling over another revamp in the BOC.

READ: Duterte mulls another Customs revamp

He also mentioned anew his earlier proposal of bringing the military into the BOC to address corruption allegations in the agency.

It can be recalled that in October 2018, the president said he is considering asking military men to take over the BOC due to the rampant corruption and drug smuggling activities.

Although there are reports that corruption and bribery still continue to thrive in the BOC, Malacañang said on Tuesday that Customs chief Rey Leonardo Guerrero still enjoys the trust and confidence of the president. (with details from Rosalie Coz)

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Bato apologizes for ‘shit happens’ remark

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Monday, July 8th, 2019

Senator Ronald dela Rosa

Senator Ronald dela Rosa has issued a public apology for his “shit happens” remark last week.

The senator’s statement stemmed from the death of a three-year-old girl during an anti-illegal drugs operation of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Rodriguez, Rizal last June 29.

Dela Rosa admitted using wrong choice of words in detailing the said incident.

“Klaruhin ko na lang, hindi maganda ang dating doon sa parents ng bata na namatay. I would like to apologize to the family yung aking wrong use of term. Dapat ang sinabi ko doon instead na ‘shit happens’, dapat unfortunate [I would like to clear, it didn’t sit well with the parents of the dead child. I would like to apologize to the family for my wrong use of term. I shouldn’t have said “shit happens” but, rather, unfortunate],” Dela Rosa said.

The newbie senator promised to be very careful with his choice of words now that he is already a lawmaker. (with details from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

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GSIS chief fired, says Duterte

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Monday, July 8th, 2019

(L-R) President Rodrigo Duterte and former GSIS president and general manager Jesus Clint Aranas

LEYTE, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte himself announced that he fired former Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) president and general manager Jesus Clint Aranas.

“I’m dealing (with) it until now. I just fired the president of the GSIS,” the President said.

His statement was to counter earlier statement by Malacañang that Aranas resigned and the President accepted it.

In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Aranas tendered his resignation but did not specify the reason for doing so, and that the Chief Executive “just accepted the resignation.”

It turned out that Aranas was fired due to his alleged plan to sell a disputed property located at the Port Area in Manila.

Duterte also hinted that there will be “a lot of dismissals” particularly from the Bureau of Customs (BOC) once he returns to Manila.

“I try to really stop the corruption in the higher crust of government,” the President concluded. – with details from Rosalie Coz

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