13K cops penalized so far under Duterte administration

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    A TOTAL of 13,331 policemen have been penalized so far by the PNP leadership for various offenses under the Duterte administration, a ranking PNP official disclosed yesterday.

    Maj. Gen. Reynaldo Biay, director of the PNP directorate for personnel and records management, said the number includes 3,914 cops who have been dismissed from the service.

    Biay disclosed the figures yesterday during the presentation of the “Leadership study diagnosing factors behind success and failure in the PNP” by the Ateneo De Manila University School of Governance.

    Biay said 717 policemen were demoted, 6,877 were suspended, 431 faced forfeiture of salary, 1,196 were reprimanded, 86 were restricted to camps and 110 had their privileges withheld from July 2018 to February this year.

    Biay said 2,199 of the total policemen punished were penalized during the time of Gen. Archie Gamboa as PNP officer in charge and later on PNP chief. Gamboa was named PNP OIC in October last year and took over as PNP chief in January.

    The 2,199 policemen punished during Gamboa’s time as PNP OIC and PNP chief was broken down into 681 dismissed, 82 demoted, 985 suspended, 159 forfeited salary, 258 reprimanded, 17 restricted, and 17 withheld privileges.

    Biay said did not say the specific offenses committed by the punished policemen or how many were officers were punished.

    “Admittedly, there are still PNP personnel reportedly involved in some illegal activities but the PNP remains steadfast as ever in its commitment to cleanse ranks,” Biay also said.

    Gamboa admitted that ninja cops, or policemen who recycle seized drugs, have negatively affected the public perception of the PNP.

    “Police scalawags, ninja cops or protectors have always been the public perception among police officers despite significant gains of the PNP against criminalities, illegal drugs and other lawless activities,” said Gamboa.

    “It’s time to say enough. The public must know the relentless effort of the PNP leadership in cleansing its ranks to gain higher level of confidence by the people,” added Gamboa.

    The PNP recently received P2.8 billion worth of equipment, including two brand new helicopters and rifles, boosting its law enforcement capabilities.

    Gamboa yesterday witnessed the blessing of the two Airbus H125 helicopters and other equipment at the PNP national headquarters in Camp Crame in Quezon City.

    PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said the brand new equipment “will boost the operational requirements of PNP units, police stations, and tactical teams.”

    Apart from the helicopters, also blessed yesterday were 9,737 assault rifles, 25 light machine guns, 21,145 pistols, 37 troop carriers, 12 pick-up vehicles, 5,237 radios, three Explosive and Ordnance Disposal robots, and personnel protective equipment, among others.

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