PNP shuts door on ‘rogue applicants’

PHILIPPINE National Police applicants including criminology graduates who have criminal records and are known neigborhood bullies won’t be able to enter the force due to its strict vetting process, officials assured yesterday.

Latest of these PNP applicants who have to kiss his dreams of being a cop goodbye is a criminology graduate who, along with his live-in partner, were arrested by agents of the Quezon City Police District for ‘forcing’ the woman’s 2-year old son to drink liquor and smoke a cigarette in an apartelle in P. Tuazon Street in Cubao.

The two are now facing charges for violation of Republic Act 7610 or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.

In 2018, PNP chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde ordered the barring of a police applicant who was arrested for poking a high-powered gun at his neighbors in Tondo, Manila over a petty quarrel over a water container.

The suspect-also a criminology student who happened to be a son of a retired cop-was caught on CCTV wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a high-powered gun before he ran towards the house of their neighbor and poked a gun at a woman. He was arrested by responding policemen.

That incident prompted Gen. Albayalde to order the publication in the newspapers and the PNP social media accounts of the names of PNP applicants as part of their effort to boost their conduct of a thorough background check on would-be policemen.

“Police applicants who are known trouble-makers in their neighborhood and have records in their barangays and police stations must not be allowed entry to our organization or else, they will become an additional problem on our rank-and-file,” the PNP chief said.

Gen. Albayalde also ordered that policemen conducting a background check on police applicants would be held accountable if the applicant under his watch would turn out to be involved in criminal activities.

NCRPO ANNOUNCES TOP 450 ASPIRANTS

National Capital Region Police Office director Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar on Friday announced the top 450 NCRPO applicants who are now undergoing a thorough screening process.

He said that the 450 applicants for the 2019 Patrolman Recruitment Program are being screened by the Regional Personnel and Records Management.

“This is the only time that I have seen so many applicants who want to join the PNP. Unfortunately, there are only 300 open slots for police recruits this first semester,” Eleazar said.

The official said that the top 450 applicants shall, besides being issued an identification card, undergo bar coding, identification of Body Mass Index (BMI), agility test and neuropsychiatric examination as part of a thorough recruitment and selection process.

“We shall enlist the top 300 most competent and fit police recruits,” he said as he underscored the need to eliminate the “palakasan” system in the course of the recruitment and selection process as ordered by Gen. Albayalde.

“Walang padri-padrino, walang palakasan. Only those who are the best and most deserving among the qualified applicants will be accepted,” he said as he thanked President Duterte for the robust number of applicants which gives the PNP the luxury of choosing high quality police recruits.

Eleazar said that “being a policeman today has become a noble and attractive profession because our President elevated the status of this career by upgrading policemen’s salaries. Today, one has to be deserving to be a policeman,” he said.

The NCRPO chief added that the President’s directive to go after narco-cops and other police scalawags is also bringing back the luster and prestige of the profession.