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Over 21,000 cops punished for wrongdoings

May 14, 2022 - Saturday 1:05 PM by GDM

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A total of more than 21, 000 personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) were either dismissed or meted with various penalties in the continuing effort to professionalize the police organization.
 
PNP Officer-IN-Charge Lt. Gen. Vicente Danao said the penalties for those cops who were not dismissed included reprimand and demotion.
 
“This is part of our efforts to make the police organization a more transparent, accountable, and credible organization,” said Danao.
 
The number of personnel punished was since July 2016, when President Duterte assumed the presidency. 
 
Citing the report of the PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management (DPRM),  Danao disclosed that 5,652 were dismissed from the service while a total of 1,150 were demoted in rank.
 
Also, 10,650 were suspended,  853 were sanctioned with salary forfeiture, 2,491 were reprimanded, 222 were restricted to quarters, and 288 withheld privileges.
 
On the other hand, those dismissed were caught testing positive for drug use and involvement in illegal drug operations. 
 
“The PNP does not condone any member of the police organization who violates the law and gets involved in illegal activities. Nonetheless, all those involved were sanctioned accordingly following the time honoured principle of the constitutional right to due process,” said Danao.
 
“Ito ay nagpapatunay din na seryoso ang liderato ng PNP na itama ang lahat ng kamalian at parusahan ang dapat parusahan sa aming hanay dahil sa bandang huli, hindi lang ang PNP ang makikinabang dito kung hindi ang mamamayang Pilipino na aming pinagsisilbihan at pinoprotektahan, (It also proves that the PNP leadership is serious about correcting all wrongdoings and punishing those who should be punished in our ranks because in the end, not only the PNP will benefit from this if not the Filipino people we serve and protect,)” he added.

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