PNP internal cleansing nets over 4.5K cops dismissed

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MANILA – The current intensified internal cleansing drive by the Philippine National Police (PNP) has now resulted in over 4,000 police officers kicked out of the service.

“Of the total number of police personnel found guilty of administrative offenses, 4,591 were summarily dismissed from the service for serious infractions, while 7,888 were meted suspension terms and 846 cops were demoted in rank,” PNP chief, Gen. Camilo Cascolan, said in a press briefing in Camp Crame.

Cascolan said these policemen were punished for their involvement in criminal activities including illegal drugs, grave misconduct, serious neglect of duty, serious irregularity, malversation, dishonesty, and graft and corruption.

He said 608 erring personnel were penalized with salary forfeiture, 119 were restricted to quarters, and 205 others have the privileges withheld.

Gascolan shared that among those dismissed from the service, 549 were for drug-related cases comprising 410 who tested positive for drug use and 139 for involvement in illegal drug activities/

“The PNP Internal Cleansing Program doesn’t stop there;  it will continue with greater zeal and commitment in the best interest of transparency and accountability in public service,” he stressed.

The PNP chief reiterated that he would not tolerate illegal and immoral activities of police officers. He made the remark after Custodial Service Unit chief, Lt. Col. Jigger Noceda, was charged for sexually assaulting former Ozamiz City vice mayor Nova Princess Parojinog who is detained at the facility.

Noceda is charged with rape, acts of lasciviousness, unjust vexation, and violation of the Safe Spaces Act filed by the PNP Women and Children Protection Center (WCPC) based on the affidavit submitted by Parojinog.

Cascolan said the PNP Internal Affairs Service would conduct its own investigation on the incident. He added that Parojinog’s family is still assessing where it would file administrative complaints against Noceda.

“On the filing of administrative cases, the family of Nova is still contemplating whether they would file charges before the Ombudsman or elsewhere, but IAS was also directed to conduct actual investigation,” he added.

Sought for comment on Noceda’s alleged involvement in a case of police brutality in Carmona, Cavite in 2015, Cascolan said the Personnel Accounting Information System should have checked his personnel files and records before he was assigned to another post.

Noceda is presently under restrictive custody of the PNP Headquarters Support Service.

Parojinog was detained at the PNP Custodial Center,  managed by Noceda, on drug and illegal possession of firearms, following the police raid in their residence in July 2017.

Her father, then Ozamiz City mayor Reynaldo Parojinog and at least 14 others were killed during the raid.

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