A statement from the Philippine National Police (PNP) last month announced that more than 5,000 officers on the force have been dismissed due to immoral and illegal actions, as part of the law enforcement arm’s bid to cleanse their ranks.
From July 2016 to January 2022, a jarring total of 37,124 administrative cases involving PNP personnel were recorded, and have resulted in more than 5,000 getting fired.
Additionally, 20,000 from the PNP workforce have been slapped with penalties throughout that time period, with a majority resulting in suspensions.
As of January 12, law enforcement has tallied 35,297 resolved cases, while the unsolved remain in progress.
Remarking on the situation, PNP chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos said that he was deeply saddened by the knowledge of corrupt police officers staining the organization.
He added, however, that “their demeanor must not be construed as a system bloodline”.
Carlos appealed to those under his command to use the cleansing as an opportunity to showcase their value and desire to serve as keepers of the peace by returning to their core competencies and values.
The PNP has been under intensified scrutiny due to increased instances of extrajudicial killings (EJKs), following the enforcement of President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal drug war since he took office in 2016.
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