THE PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE filed charges against 250 erring cops and over 200 more from other law enforcement agencies are facing charges.
The PNP said its Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) formerly called the Counter-Intelligence Task Force (CITF), filed criminal charges against 124 arrested policemen, including 10 commissioned officers, 113 non-commissioned officers and one non-uniformed personnel from February 2017 up to September 11, 2019.
Most of those arrested were patrolman, corporal and staff sergeant. It said the charges had been filed with the Department of Justice. Out of 101 cops facing administrative cases, 65 were dismissed from the service and five had been suspended from their work, while two were exonerated, and four others and their ranks demoted and 25 cases had been dismissed.
PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde said the newly formed enforcement group replaced the two-year-old CITF and designed to conduct intelligence build-up and law enforcement operations against cops involved in illegal activities, such as drug and human trafficking, financial crimes, cybercrime, malversation, graft and corrupt practices, and security violations.
He said the IMEG commander Colonel Romeo Caramat will serve as the functional authority of the group with 306 uniformed personnel, consisting of 55 commissioned officers and 251 non-commissioned officers. “The PNP’s internal cleansing will be relentless and will continue on until all rogue cops especially those involved in illegal drugs will be weeded out from the service and charged in court,” Albayalde said. (Christopher Lloyd Caliwan)
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