PHILIPPINE National Police chief General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa yesterday assured the public that their crackdown against rogues in uniform remained unrelenting despite their own battle against the deadly COVID-19 virus this year.
The PNP chief said that records from the PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (PNP-IMEG) headed by Brigadier Gen. Ronald O. Lee showed that form January 1 to May 28 this year, the Unit conducted 43 successful operations which led in the arrest of 112 persons involved in corrupt activities.
They include six Police Commissioned Officers, 12 Police Non-Commissioned Officers and 94 civilians.
Gen. Gamboa said that notwithstanding their effort to help stop the spread of COVID 19 vis-à-vis their maintenance of peace and order in the country, his men conducted 23 successful counter-intelligence operations from March 16 to May 28 this year leading in the arrest of 61 suspects led by five PCOs and 11 PNCOs. The rest of the arrested suspects are civilians.
“There will be no respite in our crackdown against police scalawags and other rogues in government service despite the ongoing strict enforcement of quarantine measures to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Walang COVID-COVID sa amin kapag ang huhulihin ay iskalawag na pulis,” Lee said.
The official called on the public to report the presence of policemen involved in any irregularities to the PNP-IMEG hotlines: SMART-0998-9702286 or GLOBE 0995-7952569. Information may also be forwarded to Facebook Page: Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group, said Lee as he assured that the identities of the complainants will be kept in utmost secrecy.
Last April 28, PNP-IMEG agents arrested a member of the Regional Drug Enforcement Unit of the National Capital Region Police Office who kept for his personal use a stolen motorcycle seized from a drug offender 23 days earlier.
Acting in full coordination with NCRPO director, Major Gen. Debold M. Sinas, PNP-IMEG operatives arrested Patrolman Orlando Perez, 43, of Kagitingan Street in Calumpang, Marikina City, while in possession of a stolen black Mio Sporty motorcycle
The suspect was stripped of his PNP-issued pistol and badge.
During the same month, PNP-IMEG agents also arrested two policemen in Metro Manila for their involvement in robbery-extortion amid the deadly threats posed by the virus.
Lee said that since last February 27, they have arrested more than 10 erring policemen, a dismissed policewoman and three civilians acting in cahoots with some of the now jailed rogue police personnel.
“We’re acting on all complaints being sent to our hotlines and are seeing to it that they will be immediately and thoroughly validated by our undercover officers prior to the conduct of actual entrapment operations,” said the member of Philippine Military Academy ‘Tanglaw-Diwa’ Class of 1992.
Last March 19, PNP-IMEG agents, with the help of officers from the PRO4-A under Brig. Gen. Vicente D. Danao Jr. also arrested three members of the Drug Enforcement Unit of the Candelaria Municipal Police Station in Quezon following the arrest of one of their civilian cohorts while in the act of making a series of cash withdrawals from the ATM account of one of their victims.
The three were accused of engaging in the so-called ‘bangketa/hulidap’ operations wherein they arrest targets and demand huge amount of cash from them in exchange for non-filing of criminal charges.