NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office director, Major General Debold M. Sinas yesterday said their continuing crackdown on so-called ‘Lubog’ or ’15-30’ policemen in Metro Manila is bearing significant results even as he warned his commanders and other heads of offices anew to stop tolerating the practice or they will also be in hot water.
Acting on orders of Philippine National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, Sinas said he has directed all five NCRPO district directors, chiefs of police and station commanders and heads of different NCRPO officers to regularly account for their personnel in order to avoid absenteeism and the presence of ‘Lubog’ policemen.
“I would like to remind everybody that if they are caught engaging in this illegal activity they will be facing relief and criminal and administrative charges,” Sinas told the Journal Group.
Sinas vowed to fully support his officers including station commanders who will be subjected to ‘harassments’ by others in the event they go after ‘Lubog’ policemen in their units and offices.
Journal Group sources said that very recently, a Quezon City Police District station commander discovered the presence of three Police Non-Commissioned Officers in his office who sought reassignment after they were found to be not rendering duties.
Officials said it was a ‘clear case of Lubog arrangement’ between the three PNCOs and their previous station commanders.
After being informed of the discovery, Sinas said any police commander in Metro Manila who will be found tolerating the practice in exchange for monthly monetary considerations will be relieved from his post and undergo administrative investigation.
“Let us all work together to stop this bad practice and bad habits of some of our personnel,” he said.
Maj. Gen. Sinas ordered QCPD director, Brigadier Gen. Ronnie S. Montejo to see if the same ‘Lubog’ arrangement is being practiced in other QCPD stations as he ordered the reassignment of the three QCPD to the NCRPO Regional Mobile Force Battalion. He also ordered the filing of administrative charges against the three whom he said must be daily accounted by their new superiors from the NCRPO-RMFB.
“I want the three to be photographed with daily newspaper,” he told the Journal Group in referring to the three QCPD men: two of them Corporals and the other a Patrolman.
It turned out that the three were the subject of reports and complaints that they are not performing their duties as beat patrollers in Q.C. for quite some time already and have been monitored to be escorting a millionaire businessman instead.
A discreet investigation showed that the complaints were all true as the three were really not rendering patrol duties but serving as escorts to the businessman. They were also found to be operating their own business inside a big market in the area.
Sinas said it turned out that the three PNCOs managed to ‘pay’ their previous officials so that they are not marked absent or AWOL in their assigned post. They also used their patron’s connection to make it difficult for their previous commanders to remove them from their posts.
Sinas said he is fully backing up the QCPD station commander who made the discovery and stood his ground to relieve the three despite pressure from many.
The official said he wants the ‘Lubog’ practice fully stopped since it causes demoralization among majority of the police force who religiously perform their duties on a day-to-day basis only to see that some of their privileged colleagues are making money while performing outside jobs with the protection of their superiors.
The move is also aimed at making sure that there would be enough personnel in a given station to conduct patrols and other administrative duties.
In the past, Journal Group sources said that Regional, Provincial and District Mobile Groups, formerly known as Battalions are the known source of ’15-30’ policemen or those who give a big part of their monthly salaries and other allowances to their immediate supervisors or heads of office in exchange for their non-reporting to work since they tend to their other business or are acting as unauthorized security personnel to Very Important Persons.
Sinas also instructed the NCRPO Regional Intelligence Division to join hands with the PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group headed by Brigadier Gen. Ronald O. Lee in investigating ‘Lubog’ policemen and their colleagues and superiors who are protecting them.