Over 1K cops probed for partisan politics

MORE than 1,000 police officers and men are under investigation for involvement in partisan politicking activities since the start of the election period, Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde said yesterday.

“Meron po tayong iniimbestigahan. Mahigit 1,000 din dun na under investigation na tinitingnan natin these are allegations kasi,” the PNP chief told newsmen at Camp Crame yesterday without naming names.

However, prior to Election Day, he ordered the PNP Counter-Intelligence Task Force headed by Colonel Romeo M. Caramat Jr. to go after policemen who were reported to be providing security to politicians and candidates without any authority from the Commission on Elections.

As a result, CITF agents apprehended two policemen in Bulacan and one in Abra province for violating the PNP chief’s directive. The three are now undergoing administrative investigation.

Gen. Albayalde said they also received reports that some police officers meddled in partisan politics. “Until now, we still get allegations nung participation ng mga police natin kaya natalo yung ganito nang dahil dun sa chief of police,” he said.

However, records will speak that many politicians usually blame the police for their defeat while some attribute their election victory to the PNP.

“Wala pong kinalaman ang PNP sa pagkatalo o pagkapanalo ng isang kandidato,” Gen. Albayalde said amid his reminder for all his men to be faithful to their sworn oath to remain apolitical and non-partisan.

Over 1,000 policemen were relieved from their posts months before last Monday’s polls after it turned out that they were related either by affinity or consanguinity to politicians running in elective posts in areas where they were previously assigned.

They include some provincial and city directors and chiefs of police.