Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said Tuesday that he already signed the dismissal order for some 200 scalawag police officers.
"Yesterday, mga 200 ang napirmahan ko, dinismiss sa service. Tatanggalin talaga natin ang mga scalawag. We will be going nowhere kapag hindi natin sineryoso ang internal cleansing," Dela Rosa said in his speech during the 23rd anniversary of National Police College.
He said the cases of other police officers who have earlier been dismissed from service but have been reinstated are now undergoing review.
"The cleansing has begun. The cases are being reviewed for final decision. I will be resolute and unforgiving in carrying out my duties as Chief PNP and father of the organization," he said.
The need to cleanse the ranks of the PNP became imminent following the kidnapping and killing of Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo allegedly by members of Anti-Illegal Drugs Group inside Camp Crame.
Dela Rosa admitted the incident and involvement of other police personnel in illegal drugs and crime left “a dark cloud over the anti-drug war which the PNP vowed to win at all costs.”
But he believed the police organization will get past it “because there are still more good men and women than scalawags in the service.”
Dela Rosa asked the help of the NPC in the renewed focus on ridding the police ranks of misfits and scalawags.
“As we do so, we can perhaps revisit what we have done and failed to do where the training and education of our personnel are concerned. Let us together work towards developing law enforcers and public servants who possess the highest degree of integrity and professionalism who command the highest respect from members of the community,” he said.
Retired deputy director general Ricardo de Leon, president of Philippine Public Safety College which has jurisdiction over NPC, agreed that the PNP and PPSC should be partner in molding a police officer that will truly serve the people.
“We are complementing the PNP. As a retired police officer we have to be partners, the real solution is partnership and we must bear in mind yung importance of community,” he said.
He said that temptation to do wrong is always there so the buddy system should be strong.
“Kaya may buddy system sana tayo na there are people who will also repeat the instruction. Kapag ikaw ang senior meron kang obligation sa ibaba kaya dapat yung responsibility andun and tinuturo din natin is respect,” he said.
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