IN the wake of the controversy generated by a 2013 incident in which the group of then Superintendent Rodney Baloyo was accused of pocketing some 200 kilograms of shabu worth P1 billion, presenting only 38 kilos of the drug to the press as an ‘accomplishment’ and allegedly getting P50 million from a drug lord whom they set free, see how the Philippine National Police leadership has moved to counter rogues in uniform.
In 2016, the PNP headed by General-now Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ M. de la Rosa created a powerful PNP Disciplinary Team which will go after rogues police in uniform specifically those involved directly or indirectly with illegal drug trafficking and abuse and other criminal activities. Dela Rosa’s successor, Gen. Oscar D. Albayalde fully approved of the action.
As approved by the PNP chief, the framework for their Comprehensive Internal Disciplinary Mechanism shall consist of four stages namely: Intervention, Investigation, Prosecution and Adjudication, and the Case Monitoring and Clearance.
These stages are inter-related and feedback mechanism for adjustments and control are integrated in order to protect its credibility and integrity, he explained.
The Intervention Stage covers both pro-active and reactive measures. Gen. de la Rosa said that this is the start of the disciplinary mechanisms where all newly-appointed PNP personnel, both Uniformed and Non-Uniformed shall be given programs in order to inculcate the sense of discipline in each individual.
Also, this stage shall include the initiation of activities to determine the compliance of PNP personnel with the continuing requirements provided by Section 14 under RA 8551 and other disciplinary policies as well as introduction of requirements to be complied by penalized/reinstated personnel to ensure professional fitness of PNP personnel in the performance of their duty. Further, he said that this stage shall deal with the activities to be carried out to all penalized or exonerated PNP personnel.
Prevention Phase on the other hand is an introduction of pro-active measures to prevent any commission of offenses or engagement in any illegal activities by and among PNP personnel.
The measures as approved by the PNP Chief are as follows:
1. All newly appointed Police Officers 1, Police Inspectors and Senior Inspectors (Lateral entry/graduates of the PNP Academy) shall undergo a 3-day orientation on Letter of Instruction (LOI) SUGO and Command Memorandum Circular PAGGABAY, LOI LUSOG KAISIPAN and LOI PAMANA which includes Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards (RA No. 6713, Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act or RA No. 3019, Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007 or RA No. 9485, PNP Disciplinary Machinery, Civil Service Administrative Code and other laws governing public officers.
2. All newly appointed NUPs after oath-taking shall undergo a 3-day orientation on LOI SUGO and CMC PAGGABAY, LOI LUSOG KAISIPAN and LOI PAMANA which includes Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards (RA No. 6713, Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act or RA No. 3019, Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007 or RA No. 9485, PNP Disciplinary Machinery, Civil Service Administrative Code and other laws governing public officers.
3. All newly appointed Inspectors, Senior Inspectors and PO1s who shall commit offenses while in temporary status shall be subjected to termination proceedings (NUPs shall be governed by RRACCS) and shall not be recommended /endorsed for permanency of appointment until the final disposition of the case.
4. All RPHDD/RPRMD/ARMD/Admin Personnel shall conduct monthly inspection to all PNP personnel for accounting of individual’s well-grooming, issued firearms, IP Card, Miranda Doctrine Card and other uniform/paraphernalia.
5. All PNP offices/units through Crime Laboratory Group and Health Service shall conduct annual random drug test and neuro-psychiatric examination among their personnel.
6. All PNP offices/units through its RPHRDD/ARMDs shall initiate annual stress management, values/spiritual enhancement and disciplinary policies seminars.
7. All heads of offices/units shall monitor the activities of their respective personnel who are reportedly involved in illegal drugs and shall initiate appropriate actions to address or resolve the situation.