July 18, 2018, 6:23 pm
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Duterte to kick out ‘gangsters’ in the PNP

THREE ranking police officials are set to be fired by President Duterte, along with at least 60 policemen, as part of efforts to purge the organization of corrupt members.

“Mga tatlong superintendent, about 90, siguro mga minimum of 60 police, umalis kayo sa PNP. I am starting the purging at huwag kayong mainsulto kung hindi ka naman tinatamaan, huwag kang magalit kasi ako galit na sa dati eh (About three superintendents, about 90, maybe a minimum of 60 police, leave the PNP. I am starting the purging, and don’t be insulted if you are not affected, do not be angry because I have long been angry),” the President said Sunday during the 39th birthday celebration of Sen. Manny Pacquiao in General Santos City

Duterte said he is not sure if the three officials are really holding the rank of superintendent. He said they could even be generals.

A superintendent is equivalent to a lieutenant colonel in the military, a senior superintendent to a colonel, and chief superintendent to a brigadier general (one-star general).

Duterte did not say when the police officers will be sacked, and did not give specifics on their offenses.

PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos, asked about Duterte’s announcement, said, “Let’s wait for the official announcement po.”

The President reiterated he is committed in his campaign against corruption but said he has concerns about firing the erring policemen. He said they could become fulltime “gangsters.”

“I’m just warning these corrupt policemen or those -- it could be the mayor’s office or it could be -- I will hit you, I will watch you... You gangsters in the police or in government, I have this fear that if you leave the service, you would sleep with the gangsters,” he said in a mix of Filipino and English.

Duterte vowed to stop all forms of corruption in government and make accountable those involved in irregularities.

He recalled his recent firing of the chairman and the four commissioners of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) for unnecessary travels abroad where they supposedly attended conventions and seminars.

The President said there are some who claim to be attending seminars and conventions abroad but were actually just touring abroad at the expense of government.

“So now the rule is this: Nobody gets out of the Philippines using public money. You have (to) clear it with me. Titignan ko kung anong klaseng convention iyan. Kasi tinignan namin iyung iba pipirma lang in, pero wala, pasyal lang, hindi na mag-attend ng ano (So now the rule is this: Nobody gets out of the Philippines using public money. You have (to) clear it with me. We will look at what kinds of convention are to be attended. We looked at other [records] and others just signed – but they just toured instead of attending),” he said.

Duterte said he wants government officials to skip unnecessary conventions abroad, and wants all requests for travel abroad, even from local government units, to pass through his office and submitted at least a month before the travel date.
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