30-day screening for resigned cops

The assessment and evaluation of the Philippine National Police senior officers who tendered “courtesy resignations” will be completed within 30 days as required by the Civil Service Commission.

This was bared by Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, who is one of the member assessors of the five-man committee doing the review.

Magalong, who served in the PNP for 38 years, said the generals and colonels who would be found not guilty and had nothing to do with illegal drug activities would be given “final closure.”

“This means that if you are cleared by the committee, it should not just be a verbal clearing. Many are asking that we give them something concrete that proves it,” he said.

The 30-day screening period will begin once the committee panel convenes.

Magalong said the committee has not yet convened as they are still waiting for the resignation of the remaining 24 senior officers. The committee, he added, is finalizing the assessment and evaluation guidelines.

PNP chief, Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr., said a total of 929 colonels and generals, or 97.48 percent of the 952 third-level senior officers of the PNP, have so far complied with the order of Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Benhur Abalos Jr. to tender their courtesy resignations.

The PNP Chief had previously said that at least 10 high-ranking police officers were involved in illegal drug activities. Azurin didn’t say if those officers had submitted their resignations.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police Academy Alumni Association, Inc. has rallied behind Abalos’ call for an intensified internal cleansing in the PNP ranks.

“The PNPAAAI recognizes the need (for) this draconian measure and conveys its confidence to the PNP leadership in the processes it will adopt to weed out the undesirable police scalawags,” it said in a statement.

The group is also hoping that the move would further provide a sustainable solution to ending the illegal drug problem in the country and strengthen the PNP as an institution.

“May the hierarchy of the PNP regard the supremacy of our laws, human rights, and the tenets of Service, Honor, and Justice in resolving this latest internal controversy unfolding within the police agency. With this, the PNPAAAI assures that, as our country faces another challenging phase in our fight against criminality and illegal drugs, its members remain committed to our sworn duty to God, country, and the Filipino people,” PNPAAAI said.

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