THE Philippine National Police (PNP) is open to a lifestyle check on its officers and men following allegations that there are cops involved in the recycling of confiscated illegal drugs.
No less than the PNP Spokesman, B/Gen. Bernard M. Banac, said that our law enforcers are ready to undergo lifestyle check as provided under Republic Act (RA) Nos. 3019 and 6713.
RA No. 3019 is the “Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act,” while RA No. 6713 is an “Act Establishing Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Government Employees.”
Earlier, Malacanang was also reported to be in favor of conducting lifestyle check on the officers and men of the 190,000-member PNP, which is civilian in nature but national in scope.
“There should be an internal lifestyle check among the PNP members, and for that, all department heads,” said Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo in an interview over ANC.
Panelo was quoted as saying President Duterte, the first Mindanaoan to hold the country’s top political post, “wants the truth – who are the people involved ; how are they involved?”
Banac explained that with or without suggestions from anybody, cops undergo yearly lifestyle check. They are also required to submit their Statement of Assets and Liabilities (SALNs).
The lifestyle check is conducted by the PNP Internal Affairs Service (IAS), according to Banac.
Many quarters share the view of policemen that subjecting them to a lifestyle is “unfair” if other government officials, elected or appointed, would be exempted from the wealth check.
The proposed lifestyle check is aimed at ferreting out public servants with unexplained wealth.
Certainly, the government cannot afford to have these “world-class crooks” further tarnish the image of the “Pearl of the Orient Seas” in the international community.