By Aaron Recuenco
A total of 2,291 policemen have been slapped with administrative charges in the first five months of this year, a proof of the intensified internal cleansing of the Philippine National Police (PNP), according to a police official.
Lawyer Alfegar Triambulo, head of the Internal Affairs Service (IAS), said the figure is 36 percent higher compared to 1,683 in the same period last year.
On the monthly average, he said IAS receives an average of 458, from 337 last year.
Based on the IAS data, most of the policemen charged were rookie cops, or those with a rank of Patrolman.
He said the administrative cases range from illegal drug activities, violation during police operation and indiscriminate firing. Some policemen were also charged with election laws, particularly on allegations of vote-buying during the midterm elections next month.
Triambulo, however, said the increased cases against policemen also come with IAS’ high solution rate, with 1,454 resolved cases from January to May this year.
The PNP has been aggressive in implementing reform programs to institute discipline especially among recruits.
Since his assumption, PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde ordered a mandatory commando training for all incoming policemen, the move is to ensure discipline among recruits.
Recently, the PNP leadership lobbying also resulted in President Duterte transferring the supervision of training programs for all policemen, including the PNP Academy.
An anti-scalawag unit of the PNP was also created, which has so far, arrested more than 100 erring cops.