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Police scalawags

Police Scalawags

THE National Police Commission (Napolcom) has dismissed 36 more erring officers and men of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in line with government efforts to rid the agency of scalawags and misfits.

Napolcom administers and controls the PNP, which is civilian in nature but national in scope. Its other main function is the investigation of irregularities, with the power to dismiss, demote or suspend cops.

Napolcom vice chair and executive officer Vitaliano Aguirre, who presided over his first en banc meeting last week, also orchestrated the demotion of 18 and suspension of 10 other “rotten eggs” in the PNP.

An attached agency of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the commission likewise reprimanded three other police officers for what it called “administrative infraction.

The DILG secretary is the ex-officio chairperson, while the vice chairman is the executive officer of Napolcom.

The en banc meeting was held barely a month upon Aguirre’s assumption as Napolcom vice chair and executive officer. It was attended by PNP chief Gen. Debold Sinas, ex-officio commissioner, and Commissioners Felizardo Serapio Jr., Z. Brosas and Job Mangente.

After President Duterte announced his new designation, Aguirre vowed to fully execute the former’s marching orders to rid the country of police scalawags.

In an earlier statement, the DILG said Aguirre will be a big help in professionalizing and strengthening the culture of discipline, accountability, and service in the country’s premier law enforcement agency.

Although there are only a few “rotten eggs” in the PNP, their nefarious activities, including extortion, continue to tarnish the image of the men and women in uniform in the international community.

Ridding the PNP will be good for the nation and the Filipino people, particularly at this time of economic hardship and health crisis.