Camp Olivas, Pampanga—About 5,118 policemen, including commissioned police officers, have standing administrative cases for various offenses since 2016, the Police Regional Office 3 announced Wednesday.
Police BGen Valeriano De Leon, director of the Central Luzon police, said the figure consists of 677 commissioned police officers and 4,441 non-commissioned police officers.
De Leon vowed to heighten his campaign against rogue cops, days after his assumption as top cop of PRO3. He said the move is part of the internal cleansing among the rank and file to regain the public’s trust and confidence.
The PRO3 chief said 410 have been dismissed and 411 policemen suspended from service, 42 more were demoted to next lower ranks, and five were dismissed since 2016 to present.
The Discipline Law and Order Section (DLOS), De Leon said, is the primary unit tasked to impose penalties and punishment against erring cops.
Those meted with disciplinary action were all given due process during the conduct of Summary Hearing, he added.
“We will continue to weed out hoodlums and punish the undisciplined among our ranks through the strict application of the punitive sanctions for violations of PNP rules and regulations, and intensified counter-intelligence effort against illegal activities of PNP personnel,” De Leon said.
Meanwhile, De Leon announced the arrest of 1,458 illegal drugs personalities operating in Central Luzon. He said anti-illegal drugs operatives seized a total of 5,265.19 grams of shabu with an estimated street value of P35.8 million
He said his men also confiscated 5,631.59 grams of marijuana in separate anti-illegal drugs operations in separate areas in the region.
De Leon said he directed all police units to intensify anti-illegal drugs and anti- criminality operations while constantly addressing public safety services as well as Covid-19 response operations.
PRO3 has arrested 812 wanted persons and 47 most wanted persons. Among those arrested were Ronald Suarnaba for rape, Airvin San Pedro for murder, and Reynante Dela Torre for carnapping.
Arrested persons are detained in different detention facilities in Central Luzon.