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PNP internal cleansing must continue: Go

October 08, 2019 - Tuesday 6:10 PM by MDM

Article Banner Image Senator Christopher Lawrence Go speaks to victims of a fire that hit Barangay Sun Valley, NAIA, Pasay City.

Senator Christopher Lawrence Go said the internal cleansing within the Philippine National Police (PNP) must continue in order to boost the Duterte administration’s campaign against corruption inside the agency.

“‘Yung kanilang internal cleansing ay dapat tuloy-tuloy po ito. Sabi nga ng Pangulo, dapat ihiwalay ‘yung mga bulok para hindi naman po madamay ‘yung iba. Sayang naman po ‘yung mga inumpisahang internal cleansing ng PNP,” Go told reporters in an interview as he visited fire victims in Barangay Sun Valley, NAIA, Pasay City on Monday, October 7.

(Their internal cleansing must continue. The President has said the rotten ones should be separated so that the others won’t be affected. It would be a waste if the PNP does not continue the internal cleansing it has started.)

He said the alleged "ninja cops" involved in illegal drugs and abuse of authority will be held accountable, adding he is awaiting the results of the investigation of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Justice (DOJ).

“Ninja cops” are police officers who allegedly resell illegal drugs confiscated during operations.

PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde’s name has been dragged into the controversy after former Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) chief and now Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong accused him of intervening to stop the dismissal of 13 police officers involved in the November 2013 drug buy bust in Mexico, Pampanga.

Albayalde was then the Pampanga provincial police director.

That operation had supposedly led to the confiscation of 200 kilograms of shabu but CIDG’s investigation showed only 38 kilos were reported by the members of the raiding team.
The decision to dismiss the 13 police officers was downgraded to demotion of ranks allegedly upon Albayalde’s approval.
Albayalde has denied the allegations.
Meanwhile, Go said the President will soon name the two colonels allegedly involved in the drug trade.
“Papangalanan po ng Pangulo ang dalawang colonel na sinasabing ninja cops. Hintayin po natin ang resulta ng imbestigasyon ng DILG at DOJ. Managot (ang) dapat managot,” Go added.
(The President will identify the two colonels who are said to be ninja cops. Let us wait for the result of the investigation of the DILG and DOJ. Those who are responsible will be made accountable.)

Despite the controversies, Go said the PNP has been performing well.

“Para sa akin ang ganda na ng takbo ng kapulisan natin. Naibalik na ang tiwala at respeto ng mga tao. Huwag po sanang sayangin,” he said.

(For me the police force has been running well. The trust and respect of the people has returned. I hope they do not waste it.)

Go also said he still trusts the PNP despite the controversies hounding it. “Ako po, buo pa rin ang tiwala sa ating mga pulis,” he said.

Meanwhile, with Albayalde set to retire on November 8, 2019, Go said the President is making sure the next PNP chief will continue to carry out the reforms in the PNP.

“Pinagpipilian pa ng Pangulo at siyempre, (pinagpipilian niya) kung sino po ang makakapagdala at makakapagpatuloy ng reporma ng PNP,” he said.

(The President is still making his choice and of course, it would be someone who will continue the reforms in the PNP.)

He added that the next PNP chief has “big shoes to fill.”

“Medyo crucial ang next chief PNP. Ayaw naming ma-demoralize ang mga pulis. Tuluy-tuloy ang internal cleansing at ang respeto ng mga tao ay naibalik na sa kanila. Suportado namin sila. Mahihirapan po tayo sa kampanya natin laban sa iligal na droga at kriminalidad kung wala sila,” said Go.

(The choice of the next PNP chief is crucia. We don’t want the police to be demoralized. The internal cleansing continues and the respect of the people has returned. We support the police. We will have a hard time in our campaign against illegal drugs and crime without them.)

“As a senator, as part of those doing the Senate investigation, we want to raise the morale of the police. They are being dragged down by the few rotten ones,” he added. MDM

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