A total of 9,172 Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel are facing administrative charges, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Thursday.
Based on the 2019 data on the PNP, 51 percent or 4,721 of its personnel were suspended, while 31 percent or 2,806 were dismissed from the service.
In addition, 762 were reprimanded, 535 were demoted, 208 had salary forfeiture, 80 had their privileges withheld and 60 are currently restricted.
Interior Government Secretary Eduardo Año said the PNP was not a “perfect” organization but through its internal cleansing program, “it is continuously striving to live up to the expectations of the public.”
“It is therefore commendable that the PNP continues and persists in seeking to change the culture and image of the police organization in the face of on-going challenges,” Año said in a statement.
The DILG chief said despite the recent controversies hounding the PNP, its internal cleansing program would not stop.
Año praised PNP Officer-in-Charge Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa for the recent revamp among police top officials, which shows that the PNP leadership is “committed to give emphasis on their internal cleansing efforts.”
“This move sustains our campaign to reform the entire organization, as well as our drive against illegal drugs, criminality, and lawless violence,” Gamboa said in a statement.
Based on the data of the PNP-Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (PNP-IMEG) from Feb. 3 2017 to Sept. 11, 2019, the 126 cases of rogue policemen were referred to the Department of Justice.
Of 126 charged, 13 were police commissioned officers and 113 were police non-commissioned officers.
Also, 224 civilian personnel of PNP and other members of law enforcement agencies were facing criminal cases filed by IMEG.
The IMEG was created during the term of former PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde, who stepped down amid the “ninja cops” controversy.