PH police commission’s year ender

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ONE hundred ninety one personnel of the 175,000 strong Philippine National Police were recommended for summary dismissal while 360 others were meted with lesser disciplinary measures this year.

This was according to the 2017 year end report of the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) which also highlighted the speedy disposition of cases against police personnel, withdrawal of police power of Local Chief Executives (LCEs) and other significant accomplishments.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao explained that the year end report details the Commission’s strategic initiatives in achieving its mission, particularly in support of the government’s war on drugs and anti-corruption campaign.

In adherence to the President’s steadfast commitment to professionalize and uphold the integrity of the PNP, the Commission has strictly implemented the revised rules of procedure which resulted in the prompt resolution of administrative cases filed against erring members of the police force.

Specifically, the year end report disclosed that out of the 1,058 administrative complaints received by the Commission’s Inspection, Monitoring and Investigation Service (IMIS) and Regional Investigation Units (RIUs); 191 were recommended for summary dismissal proceedings; 360 were referred to other police disciplinary authorities; 172 were either dropped/dismissed or withdrawn by the complainants while the remaining 335 are still under investigation.

The NAPOLCOM also rendered decisions on 269 summary dismissal cases where the police respondents involved were meted the penalties of either dismissal from the service, demotion in rank or suspension. The most high-profile cases investigated were the administrative complaints against the three (3) “Narco-Generals” who were publicly named by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Director Joel Pagdilao (left), and former Chief Superintendents Bernardo Diaz (center), and Edgardo Tinio (right). Image © http://cnnphilippines.com

Based on the Reports of Investigation (ROI) endorsed by the Commission to the Office of the President, P/Dir Joel Pagdilao, former chief of the National Capital Region Police Office; and P/CSupt. Edgardo Tinio, former chief of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) were ordered dismissed from the service by the President on October 9, 2017 after they were found liable for serious neglect of duty and serious irregularity in the performance of duty.

Meanwhile, the administrative complaint against P/CSupt. Bernardo Diaz, former chief of Police Regional Office 6 was already deliberated upon by the Commission with the corresponding ROI being routed to the members of the NAPOLCOM en banc for signature.

The Commission likewise rendered decisions on 29 of 56 or 51.78% PNP appealed administrative cases filed with the National Appellate Board (NAB) and 198 (63.26%) of 313 caseload filed with the different Regional Appellate Boards (RABs) nationwide.

To ensure public safety and order in the localities, the Commission suspended the deputation power over the police units in their respective jurisdiction of 165 LCEs (eight governors and 157 mayors) for their alleged involvement either in illegal drugs trade; failure to stop acts of terrorism and for having provided various forms of support to terrorist groups such as the Maute Group; and for refusing to provide logistical support to local PNP units.

Moreover, the NAPOLCOM conducted a total of 1,938 regular and spot inspections of police offices/stations/units nationwide and undertook monitoring activities on the alleged involvement of 224 PNP members in illegal activities, organized crimes and other forms of misbehavior; the reported human rights violation allegedly committed by 83 police personnel, the status of 3,471 administrative and 728 criminal cases; the extent of participation of 862 local chief executives in police administration, and the compliance of 705 PNP offices/stations/units with NAPOLCOM inspection and audit recommendations.

To fully capacitate the select personnel of the NAPOLCOM IMIS and their counterparts in the regional offices for the conduct of a nationwide comprehensive lifestyle check on police personnel and local government executives, the Commission conducted a series of training courses for intelligence gathering, basic weaponry and operational tactics.

The Lifestyle Check Work Plan was already submitted to the Office of the Presidential Management Staff (PMS).

In compliance with the Presidential directive on the eradication of corruption in government agencies, the Commission undertook the following activities – development and dissemination of the NAPOLCOM Freedom of Information (FOI) Manual and People’s FOI Manual to provide open exchange of information and public documents; the creation of NAPOLCOM Action Team in the Central and Regional Offices to address concerns and complaints received through the 8888 Citizens’ Complaint Center; operationalization of the 24/7 Public Assistance Unit (PAU) to expedite response to calls involving uniformed PNP personnel; establishment of the Computer-Assisted Examination (CAEX) System; observance of the “No Noon Break” at the NAPOLCOM One-Stop Shop (OSS); and, installation of a 42-inch LED television at the OSS that showcases the NAPOLCOM Performance Governance System (PGS), Community and Service-Oriented Policing (CSOP) System and crime prevention tips videos.

The NAPOLCOM likewise accomplished other significant outputs as follows: issued 872 Resolutions and three Memorandum Circulars; conducted four police examinations; disbursed PhP703.3 million for death, hospitalization, medical and pension benefits of PNP members/dependents; and, paid PhP 21.6 million for the tuition and miscellaneous expenses of 417 NAPOLCOM scholars.

In compliance with CSC Resolution No. 1700653 dated March 15, 2017 directing all government offices to undergo random drug testing, a total of 558 NAPOLCOM personnel from the Central Office and Regional Office Nos. 1, 4A, 5, 6, 11, 12, Cordillera Autonomous Region and National Capital Region submitted themselves to the surprise drug test administered by the NAPOLCOM Medical Team and the PNP Regional Crime Laboratories.

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