PNP assures ‘rogue applicants’ won’t be able to enter force

January 14, 2020

PHILIPPINE National Police applicants including criminology graduates who have criminal records and are known ‘neighborhood bullies’ won’t be able to enter the force in the wake of its strict vetting process, officials assured the public anew yesterday.

Last year, the PNP scrapped from its recruitment list the name of a criminology graduate who, along with his live-in partner were arrested by agents of the Quezon City Police District for ‘forcing’ the woman’s 2-year old son to drink liquor and smoke cigarette inside an apartelle on P. Tuazon Street in Cubao.

In 2018, the PNP leadership also barred the entry into the force of an applicant who was arrested for poking a high-powered gun at his neighbors in Tondo, Manila over a petty quarrel over a water container.

The suspect--also a criminology student who happened to be a son of a retired cop--was caught on CCTV wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a high-powered gun before he ran towards the house of their neighbor and poked a gun at a woman. He was arrested by responding policemen.

That incident prompted the PNP leadership to order the publication in the newspapers and the PNP social media accounts of the names of PNP applicants as part of their effort to boost their conduct of a thorough background check on would-be policemen.

Police applicants who are known trouble-makers in their neighborhood and have records in their barangays and police stations must not be allowed entry to our organization or else, they will become an additional problem in our rank-and-file,”  PNP Officer-in-Charge, Lieutenant General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa said.

He also ordered that policemen conducting a background check on police applicants be held accountable if the applicant turns out to be involved in criminal activities.

When he was still the National Capital Region Police Office director, then Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said that all their applicants underwent a thorough screening process which saw them undergoing bar coding and identification of Body Mass Index (BMI) and passing agility test and neuropsychiatric examination as part of their thorough recruitment and selection process.

Eleazar underscored the need to eliminate the “palakasan” system in  the recruitment and selection process as ordered by the PNP leadership. “Walang padri-padrino, walang palakasan. Only those who are the best and most deserving among the qualified applicants will be accepted,” he said. This year, the PNP will be recruiting 17,000 more policemen.  

Gen. Gamboa called on all able-bodied Filipino men and women aged 21 to 30 years old who are holders of college degrees to take on the challenge to serve a noble career in the police service.

Successful candidates will be appointed to the initial rank of Police Patrolman with a gross monthly salary of P29,668.00 with other mandated allowances and benefits.

PNP Director for Personnel and Records Management, Major General Lyndon G. Cubos advised all prospective applicants to be ready with their clearances, certifications and other documentary requirements for facilitate speedier processing of applications when the recruitment starts in the coming weeks.

According to Maj. Gen. Cubos, all applicants must be:

1.  A citizen of the Philippines; 2. A person of good moral character; 3. Must have passed the psychiatric/psychological, drug and physical tests to be administered by the PNP; 4. Must possess a formal baccalaureate degree from a recognized learning institution; 5. Must have any of the following basic eligibility requirements:- PNP Entrance (NAPOLCOM);  Republic Act No. 1080 (Bar and Board Examinations) Presidential Decree No. 907 (Civil Service Eligibility to College Honor Graduates).

Cubos said applicants also must not have been dishonorably discharged from military employment or dismissed for cause from any civilian position in the government;  must not have been convicted by final judgment of an offense or crime involving moral turpitude; must be at least one meter and sixty-two centimeters (1.62m) in height for male and one meter and fifty-seven centimeters (1.57m) for female;   must weigh not more or less than five kilograms (5kg) from the standard weight corresponding to his/her weight, age, and sex; and must not be less than 21 or more than 30 years of age.

Cubos said all applications for recruitment may only be filed thru the PNP Online Recruitment Application System (ORAS) portal at