THE Philippine National Police Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (PNP-IMEG) headed by Colonel Ronald O. Lee marks its 1st year anniversary today by honoring its men and women who have played key roles in the success of the unit in going after rogues in uniform.
PNP chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa will lead the PNP-IMEG anniversary rites at the PNP Multi-Purpose in Camp Crame where the awardees led by Lieutenant Col. Angelito M. Dangli Jr., Captain Mae Ann R. Cunanan, Police Senior Master Sergeant (PSMS) Richard Bryan C. Tindugan and Corporal Sonny M. Magcalas will be feted.
Lee said that Lt. Col. Dangli was named as the Best Senior Police Commissioned Officer of the Year while Cunanan is the Best Junior PCO. PSMS Tindugan is the Best Senior Police Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year while Cpl. Magcalas is the Best Junior PNCO.
The other awardees in the field of operations, administration and investigation are Lt. Col. Neil L. Bialog, PSMS Money M. Astrero, Captain Sheryl Q. Tuguic, PSMS Emilio A. Gudarran, Capt. Reagan S. Oriña, Staff Sgt. El Niño S. Brillantes, Lt. Col. Rolando G. Amangao, Police Executive MSgt. Rosauro P. Almonte and Non-Uniformed Personnel Sixto K. Vigilancia.
Special awards will also be given to Lt. Col. Ronald T. Laoyan, Maj. Lumyaen D. Lidawan, Capt. Bill Fernando P. Jumalon, Major Robert A. Reyes, the PNP Special Action Force’s 82,s Special Action Company, the National Capital Region Police Office headed by Major Gen. Debold M. Sinas, the Police Regional Office 2 headed by Brigadier Gen. Angelito N. Casimiro, the Department of Justice, Bless Our Cops Movement and Talisay, Batangas Vice Mayor Charlie DC Natanauan.
Gen. Gamboa has cited the PNP-IMEG for its commitment and dedication to help pursue the Enhanced Integrated Internal Cleansing Strategy of the PNP to win back public trust and confidence to the police force.
The PNP-IMEG became a regular PNP National Operational Support Unit last year, taking over the tasks of the deactivated PNP Counter-Intelligence Task Force. Lee replaced his mistah from Philippine Military Academy ‘Tanglaw-Diwa’ Class of 1992, Brig. Gen. Romeo M. Caramat Jr., now the director of the PNP Drug Enforcement Group, as PNP-IMEG director which has the main function of monitoring and going after rogues in police uniform specifically those involved in illegal drug activities and extortion.
Since last year, the PNP-IMEG has conducted 42 law enforcement which led in the arrest of 89 targets composed of six Police Commissioned Officers, 44 Police Non-Commissioned Officers, 1 Non-Uniformed Personnel and 36 civilians who were found to be acting in cahoots with the arrested PNP personnel.
One target policeman was also killed in a shootout with PNP-IMEG agents out to arrest him during the period. The arrested suspects are now facing criminal and administrative charges which will merit their dismissal from the police force once found guilty.
Those operations likewise led in the confiscation of P1,065,783 in cash, 22 assorted firearms and 35 magazines, hundreds of live ammunition, 22 heat-sealed plastic sachets containing suspected shabu and various illegal drug paraphernalia.
Lee said majority of the suspects were arrested for the following cases: robbery-extortion-18; violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013-8; violation of Ra 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002-6; and violation of Presidential Decree 1602 or illegal gambling-2.
Others were arrested for violation of the anti-carnapping act, kidnapping and serious illegal detention, violation of the anti-torture act, he added.
The PNP-IMEG also went after policemen providing unauthorized protective security to politicians during the last May 2019 elections leading to the apprehension of 2 policemen who were found to be illegally acting as bodyguards to a Marilao, Bulacan mayoralty candidate. Both were slapped with administrative offenses.
The highest-ranked among those arrested by the unit is a Lieutenant Colonel from the Baguio City Police Office who was jailed for robbery-extortion during an entrapment operation on April 15 last year.
On December 9 last year, PNP-IMEG operatives, with the support of the NCRPO Regional Special Operations Group, the Police Regional Office 4-A RSOG and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency conducted a buy-bust operation in Novaliches, Quezon City which led in the killing of Corporal Tirso Lactaotao,48, a Rizal cop accused of involvement in ‘recycling’ of seized shabu.
Lee said that to date, they have filed a total of 153 criminal charges against the arrested suspects and 128 administrative cases versus the arrested policemen. Out of the total number, 77 cases were triggered by arrests while 76 were thru regular filing. Majority of the cases are still being heard as of today while 13 have been dismissed at the prosecution level due to alleged lack of probable cause ruling issued by prosecutors.
Lee said that since last year, they have already caused the dismissal from the police force of 13 rogue police personnel. At least 65 cases are still undergoing preliminary investigation while 73 administrative cases are still pending at the PNP Internal Affairs Service.
The official said that since last year, they have received 389 calls and messages sent to their hotline, 35 of which were positively validated leading to operations against 35 concerned policemen.