THE continued existence of rouges in uniform reminds us that there’s a need to intensify the government’s campaign to rid the Philippine National Police (PNP) of scalawags and other “rotten eggs.”
It should remind everybody that erring policemen have no place in a society where the government is mandated to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people, particularly the poor.
That’s why we commend the police leadership, headed by Director-General Oscar “Odie” D. Albayalde, for activating the elite PNP-Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG).
The PNP-IMEG is set to take over the functions of the PNP-Counter-Intelligence Task Force (CITF), which is soon to be deactivated. Col. Romeo M. Caramat Jr. will still head the new PNP unit.
Pursuant to National Police Commission Resolution No. 2019-149, the PNP National Headquarters last February 22 activated the IMEG.
It shall be responsible for information gathering and conducts offensive operations against PNP personnel suspected to be involved or protecting illegal activities such as drug trafficking, human smuggling, financial crimes, graft and corruption and cybercrime.
The human resource, equipment, records, funds and other resources of the PNP-CITF shall be transferred to the IMEG, which will have a complement of 306 uniformed personnel, including 55 commissioned officers.
They will be supported by a 72-man company from the battle-ready PNP Special Action Force (SAF).
Admittedly, the nefarious activities of the few rouges in uniform continue to tarnish the image of not only the PNP but also the Philippines in the international community.
But with President Duterte in Malacanang and Albayalde as PNP chief, the government should be able to bring back the old glory of the country’s premier law enforcement agency.