Reforming erring cops

September 27, 2019

THE Filipino people, including the millions of ordinary citizens across the country, want to know who in the 175,000-member Philippine National Police (PNP) are involved in illegal activities.

This is understandable because as public servants, like the rest of the men and women in government uniform, policemen are being paid by the hard-earned money of Filipino taxpayers.

But the war against wrongdoing in the government service can only gain some meaning if public servants who make a mockery of our laws are transformed into law-abiding citizens again.

That’s why we commend the PNP leadership, headed by Director-General Oscar D. Albayalde, for conducting a 30-day reformatory training for erring members of the national police agency.

Held at the fully-equipped PNP Training School in Subic, Zambales, the month-long reformation program is part of the police agency’s continuing internal cleansing campaign.

PNP Deputy Chief for Operations Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa addressed last Wednesday the latest batch of trainees to be sent to the school, numbering 50, at Camp Crame in Quezon City.

Most of the cops undergoing training in Subic are facing criminal and administrative raps, with some of them charged before the Office of the Ombudsman for maltreatment.

The training is focused on Albayalde’s “Reformation/Reorientation and Moral Enhancement for Police Officers in Line With Internal Cleansing Efforts,” otherwise known as “FORM POLICE.”

Albayalde also reiterated his pledge not to tolerate erroneous acts of PNP personnel, vowing to “impose a strict discipline, reform and internal cleansing to this organization.”

Under the PNP’s internal cleansing program, values reformation is the crux of the 30-day training, that tackles moral enhancement, misdemeanors, and other less serious prohibited acts.

The Filipino people should give the PNP all the help it needs to be able to rid the agency of scalawags, misfits and other “rotten eggs.”