PHILIPPINE National Police Officer-in-Charge Lieutenant General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa yesterday said that more than 9,000 erring policemen have been meted out various punishments from July 2016 to date including over 800 who were dismissed from the police force for involvement in drugs, proof that the PNP is dead serious in its campaign to weed out rogues in uniform.
“We are sharing with you the significant highlights of the PNP Internal Cleansing Program since 2016 to inform the public how dead serious the PNP is in running after rogues in uniform. For the period July 2016 until September 20, 2019, a total of 9,172 PNP or roughly 4.7% of the total number of PNP personnel currently in service, had been meted various degrees of penalty for administrative cases arising from involvement in criminal activity, and violation of PNP rules and regulations,” he said.
Gamboa said that among the more than 9,000 policemen, a total of 2,806 were dismissed from service, 535 demoted in rank, 4,721 suspended, 762 reprimanded, 60 restricted to quarters, 208 forfeited salary and 80 had their privileges withheld.
“Those dismissed from service include 454 personnel found guilty of involvement in illegal drugs, 352 of whom tested positive for drug use while 102 others were involved in drug-related activities. Over the last nine months of 2019 alone, 2,286 personnel were slapped with similar penalties for administrative case,” he explained.
In stark contrast to these errant personnel, Lt. Gen. Gamboa shared the pride of every member of the PNP in honoring the late Police Corporal Ronnie Tamaliwan of the Bulacan Provincial Intelligence Branch who was killed in a shootout with a heavily-armed man who was recently released from jail from a drug offense.