“I am assuring the public that I will have no mercy pagdating sa kalokohan,” words coming from the strong leader of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa.
The PNP chief said on Monday that he has dismissed a record number of 260 policemen in one year. He said the dismissal of 260 in the one year he had been PNP chief was unmatched in the service.
‘Bato’ said the PNP internal “cleansing program” was aimed at developing a mechanism to determine if policemen were committed to performing their mandated task well.
De la Rosa said that those dismissed were found guilty for involvement in administrative cases for grave misconduct, including “bungling” of drug cases, “recycling” of drugs and use of prohibited substance.
He said: “Most of them were sacked due to involvement in illegal drugs. Some were ‘kotong’ (mulcting) cops. I removed their uniform, they don’t deserve it in the first place.”
He also said that he doesn’t mind if a police station manned by 20 policemen would be left only with five and all the rest dismissed.
“What I would like to see is the quality of their work and their commitment rather than quantity with little impact on the service,” he said.
Referring to the ‘yantok cops’ that were re-assigned to Marawi, he said he did not mind critics who say that throwing “bad eggs to other areas would not be productive and would only cause another problem in the area.”
“So far, the system of deployment is working,” he said.
According to Bato, the system of police reassignment is a reformatory process wherein a bad policeman would disrupt his momentum of wrongdoing.
Dela Rosa also urged the police community to interact with local leaders in weeding out police incorrigibles and scalawags.