God-fearing cops key in PNP internal cleansing

February 26, 2020

PHILIPPINE National Police spokesman, Brigadier General Bernard M. Banac, yesterday underscored anew the need for the police force to “love God, country, people and family’ as they embark on a massive transformation program under General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa.

“Kung ang pulis ay mayroong tamang ugnayan sa Panginoong Diyos at sa kanyang pamilya, tiyak na makapaglilingkod siya ng tama at maayos sa ating bayan,” Banac said when he spoke during the graduation of students of the National Capital Region Police Training Institute-supervised Public Safety Junior Leadership Course Classes 2019-03 to 09.

The member of Philippine Military Academy ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1992 is visiting different PNP training schools across the country to help the PNP Training Institute headed by Major Gen. Ramon L. Rafael inculcate in the minds of the PNPTI students the need for a disciplined police force.

During his speech before the PSJLC course graduates and NCR Training Center personnel led by Lieutenant Colonel Sancho O. Celedio  in Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City, Banac emphasized the ongoing Enhanced Revitalized Internal Cleansing Program of the PNP ordered by Gen. Gamboa which focuses on the preventive, restorative and punitive approaches.

While going after incorrigible policemen including those in the national drug watch list as part of its punitive approach to address the presence of rogues in uniform, the PNP has its own  ‘preventive approach’ which sees to it that police will be restrained from involvement in illegal activities by fully inculcating on them the values of love of God, country, people and family, the Journal Group learned.

As part of the prevention program, Gen. Gamboa has ordered the implementation of activities and projects that could deter members of the 205,000-strong police force from being involved in ‘kotong, drugs and other irregularities.’

They include the organization of squads composed of 5-8 members with the most senior non-commissioned police officer acting as the Squad Leader and the observance of a regular weekly Squad meeting known as ‘Squad Leader’s Time’ to discuss the lessons for the week which may include life enhancement modules related to career development, personal financial management, healthy lifestyle and retirement planning.
they tested positive for illegal drugs. Another 101 were dismissed for their involvement in illegal drug-related cases.

Since Gen. Gamboa took hold of the top PNP post last October 14 to date, he has ordered the dismissal of 24 policemen who were either tested positive for drug use and were found involved in illegal drug activities.

Another 11,665 policemen were subjected to administrative charges during the period leading to the dismissal of 2,313; the demotion of 499; the suspension of 4,382; and the forfeiture of salary of 218. Another 624 were reprimanded; 38 were restricted to quarters; while 64 had their privileges withheld after being found guilty of the administrative charges filed against them.