Fulllly digitized police records needed to fasttrack cops’ cases

February 06, 2020

IT may be a really ‘tall order’ but the Philippine National Police headed by General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa is confident that by fully digitizing the individual records of their officers and men, the police force can really address the backlog of police administrative cases as part of their Enhanced Revitalized Internal Cleansing Program.

One of Gen. Gamboa’s priorities is to reduce the summary hearing process to solve administrative cases from 60 days to 15 days only. Officials explained it’s really a ‘herculean task’ but with the full support of the PNP leadership, the job can be done soonest.

Gen. Gamboa took over the country’s 23rd PNP chief with a stepped-up internal cleansing program  foremost in his mind. The tough job of ridding the 195,000-strong force of misfits and scalawags happen to be a main concern of the lawyer-member of Philippine Military Academy ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986 since the entire Filipino nation led by President Duterte is much concerned with the problem.

Journal Group sources said that shortly after he took over as PNP-OIC last October, Gen. Gamboa made the following instructions to his top officials: the creation of Regional Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group in all 17 police regional offices to help the Camp Crame-based PNP-IMEG headed by Colonel Ronald O. Lee go after rogues in uniform;  the need to study the PNP policy on summary hearings; the need to amend PNP policy on operations;  and the major need to evaluate the PNP watch list on drugs and rogue cops and the PNP promotion system.

Earlier, the Journal Group reported that the National Capital Region Police Office last year achieved a record-breaking ‘zero administrative backlog cases’ for the 20th straight year as part of its effort to completely resolve all administrative cases filed against its men for various offenses.

“I am congratulating all officers and men of the NCRPO Regional Personnel and Record Management Division for resolving all pending administrative cases including attrition cases in 2019 which is another proof of their good work,” said NCRPO director, newly-promoted Major General Debold M. Sinas.

The NCRPO-RPRMD headed by Colonel Nora Camarao said that in 2019, all 3,076 administrative cases were resolved.

From 1999 to 2018, the NCRPO-RPRMD recorded a total of 2,178 administrative cases, 695 of which were under motion of reconsideration.

In a report to Gen. Gamboa,  the NCRPO director said that over the past 20 years, there were 3,933 administrative cases handled by the unit, all of which were declared as fully resolved by the NCPRO-RPRMD.

The cases ranged from dereliction of duty, Absence without Official Leave or AWOL and violation of all Philippine National Police administrative orders including the Tamang Bihis as well as cases arising from criminal charges slapped on many of the accused.

Saying that an average of three rogue policemen are being dismissed daily since the start of the Duterte administration, Gen. Gamboa had reiterated his strict ‘reward and punishment’ program and an uncompromising stand against rogues in uniform.

He said that as the ‘Chief,PNP,’ he will also be a father who will stand and support the police till the end if they do their job the right way. “However, for those erring PNP personnel, you will be reprimanded, castigated or be dismissed in the service if necessary,” he said.

“Do not be counted in the statistics of three policemen dismissed from the service daily. Likewise, as to personnel who are associated with illegal drugs, they will be treated with severe punishment,” he added.

According to the PNP chief, they will be fully implementing their existing three internal cleansing mechanisms which are the preventive, punitive and restorative approaches. The preventive approach restrains policemen from involvement in illegal drugs and other criminal activities through the squading systems working side by side with life coaches.

The punitive approach forces on programs to identify, arrest/apprehend, prosecute and punish PNP personnel who are involved in illegal drugs and other criminal activities and remove PNP personnel who are incorrigible, irredeemable and hopeless.

On the other hand, the restorative approach shall reorient, reform, convert and reintegrate PNP personnel involved in minor offenses who are still redeemable to become responsible police personnel once again.