PNP reviews ‘staying’ officials

The Philippine National Police will review the records of those senior police officers who are still refusing to submit their “courtesy resignation.”

PNP chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. on Monday said they are continuously urging the remaining eight colonels and three generals to tender resignation as they will “definitely” be included in the evaluation and assessment after the 31 January deadline.

“Definitely, the PNP will look into it. Of course, they didn’t submit their courtesy resignation, so there are no records. PNP will be the one to check if there are indicators that they had been involved in illegal drug activities during their incumbency as third-level officers,” Azurin said.

Out of 11 police officers left, Azurin said seven of them are nearing to retire within the first quarter of the year.

“Maybe, they are still trying to discern if they’ll still submit if their retirement is already nearing. But to us, we also still encouraged them to submit,” said Azurin, adding that the move would at least clear the names of police should they have been proven nothing to do with illegal drug activities.

Meanwhile, retiring PNP officers will still get their benefits and pensions as scheduled while the 30-day evaluation and assessments are ongoing.

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