9 dead, 226 jailed in massive PNP cleansing drive

October 15, 2019
Archie Francisco F. Gamboa With Eduardo M. Año
LIEUTENANT General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa shakes the hand of DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año after he assumed his post as PNP Officer-in-Charge yesterday. Looking at the two is outgoing PNP chief Gen. Oscar D. Albayalde. PNP photo

STEPPED-UP crackdown against rogues in uniform from February 3, 2017 to date have resulted in the killing of nine scalawags in shootouts and the arrest and filing of charges against 226 others, Philippine National Police Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (PNP-IMEG) director Colonel Romeo M. Caramat Jr. said yesterday.

In a report to PNP Officer-in-Charge Lieutenant General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, the PNP-IMEG director said that of the 226 suspects arrested, 126 are members of the police force, 10 Police Commissioned Officers, 115 Police Non-Commissioned Officers and one a Non-Uniformed Personnel.

Caramat said that during the period, two PCOs and seven PNCOs died in gunbattles as arresting officers had no recourse but to return fire when the suspects started shooting after realizing they were dealing with undercover officers.

Caramat said that they have also filed administrative charges against 123 police personnel composed of 10 PCOs, 112 PNCOs and one NUP during the period in review.

Another 137 policemen composed of 15 PCOs and 122 PNCOs were also charged through regular filing while 86 were charged with administrative cases only.

On the other hand, Caramat said that criminal charges were also filed against 203 suspects arrested. Twenty-one others were charged in court through regular filing.

He added that PNP-IMEG counter-intelligence operations during the period also led to the dismissal from service of 61 erring policemen.

Two others are undergoing pre-charge investigation, two were demoted while two others suspended.

The other cases are still either being reviewed by the PNP Internal Affairs Service or the PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management’s Discipline and Law and Order Division.

As of yesterday, two of the accused remained under the custody of the PNP-IMEG while 15 others are being held in lock-up facilities of other PNP units.

Seventy-two others are out on bail with their cases undergoing trial to date.

However, there were also a number of rogues in uniform and government service who were freed after the criminal cases filed against them were dismissed by the court due to the failure of the complainant to appear despite due notice.