PNP cracks down on recruitment malpractices

Archie Francisco F. Gamboa

ACTING on orders of Philippine National Police chief General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, the PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (PNP-IMEG) headed by Brigadier Gen. Ronald O. Lee has launched a massive program to curb malpractices in the recruitment of police officers, the Journal Group learned yesterday.

“Our Oplan: Ligtas Pagsungko is aimed at ensuring the integrity and credibility of the PNP recruitment particularly in the processing of papers of police applicants,” said Lee.

Main target of the drive are rogue police recruitment personnel and their civilian contacts who are known for making PNP applicants believe they can fix their failing medical, neuro-psychological, physical and other tests in exchange for a huge sum of money.

PNP-IMEG agents have arrested several active and former police personnel for involvement in corrupt recruitment practices.

They include Patrolman Ralph Rigor Ramos, a member of the PNP Drug Enforcement Group, and his civilian cohort Kathylyn Acquilito who were arrested in an entrapment operation in front of the Mine Stop in South Mall in Las Piñas City.

The two were accused of promising police recruits who have flunked their medical tests that they will gain entry into the PNP in exchange for money.

Lee said the rookie cop was promising some police recruits who have failed the PNP medical examination that they would be able to pay their way into the 205,000-strong police organization.

In coordination with PNP-DEG director Brig. Gen. Romeo M. Caramat Jr., the PNP-IMEG conducted the sting which led to the arrest of the rookie cop and his accomplice. Both were charged with robbery-extortion. Caramat also ordered the conduct of summary dismissal proceedings against the erring cop for grave misconduct.

In the same month, PNP-IMEG operatives also arrested an ex-police officer identified as former Staff Sgt. Beverly Banan who was accused of extortion in line with the ongoing massive internal cleansing drive ordered by Gen. Gamboa.

The PNP chief has issued directives for the PNP-IMEG to validate information regarding the involvement of some PNP personnel in extortion activities after receiving information regarding anomalies in recruitment, reassignment and promotion of some policemen.

Banan, previously assigned with the Human Resource and Doctrines Development Division of the Police Regional Office 1, was dropped from the PNP rolls in 2013. However, she was accused of demanding P40,000 to P80,000 from PNP personnel with the promise they would be reassigned to their choice assignments.

“This Oplan Pagsusungko is focused on the prevention and detection of malpractices in the different PNP offices facilitating the recruitment process in the PNP,” said Lee.

The member of Philippine Military Academy ‘Tanglaw-Diwa’ Class of 1992 said he has ordered his men to step-up their anticorruption campaign and intensify their intelligence gathering during the recruitment process.

“We have activated the Recruitment Process Monitoring Teams at the Headquarters and Field Unit levels to monitor and participate in the Police Regional Office and National Support Units’ recruitment processes to monitor illegal activities of recruitment officers and applicants who offer favors in exchange for admission,” Lee said.

He also called on the recruits to report the presence of any erring recruitment officers to the PNP-IMEG hotlines: Smart- 09989702286 or Globe- 09957952569. He said that information may also be forwarded to Facebook Page: Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group.

The leadership of IMEG assured informants that their identities will be kept in utmost secrecy.