PNP reshuffles over 1K cops with family ties to candidates

AS PART of the Philippine National Police’s policy to remain apolitical and erase suspicions it could be favoring some candidates in the  May 13 national and local elections, PNP chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde has approved recommendations to reshuffle 1,370 police officers who are related by blood or affinity to politicians vying for various elective posts, the Journal Group learned yesterday.

PNP spokesman Senior Superintendent Bernard M. Banac said apart from approving the limited reshuffle, Gen. Albayalde also issued resignation orders to five police personnel who were deemed resigned from the police service when they filed their Certificates of Candidacy for local elective posts last year.

Banac said  the limited reshuffle of personnel is an administrative measure to ensure impartiality and non-partisan enforcement of the law by police personnel, particularly in areas where they have relatives who are candidates for local elective positions.

He pointed out that the limited reshuffle policy  also applies  to 121 provincial directors, city directors, mobile force commanders, and chiefs of police who have reached the maximum two years tour of duty in their assignments.

“As non-partisan and deputized law enforcement agency of the Commission on Elections, we strongly and firmly remain faithful to our apolitical mandate to ensure and protect the will of the electorate towards honest, orderly and peaceful elections,” Albayalde said.

PNP Director for Personnel and Records Management head Director Lyndon G. Cubos said there are 1,858 PNP personnel who have blood relations and affinity to politicians who are candidates in the coming elections.

However, only 1,370 are presently assigned in the political jurisdictions of the candidates, while 488 are assigned elsewhere, thus they need not be relieved from their present assignments.

Cubos said  those reassigned include  26 police commissioned officers and 1,344 police non-commissioned officers. 

The five resigned PNP personnel whose names were withheld are vying for elective posts as vice mayor and municipal councilor in Bukidnon, Surigao del Norte, Northern Samar, Lanao del Sur, and Zamboanga del Sur.

Comelec Resolution No. 10420 Section 24 on Effects of filing Certificate of Candidacy states that “any person holding a public appointed office or position, including those in uniformed service, shall be considered ipso facto resigned from the office and must vacate the same at the start of the day of the filing of CoC.”