By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — Fifty-seven personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) have been removed from the service by PNP Chief General Debold Sinas in just over four months of his tenure.
The dismissed personnel includes a non-commissioned officer (NCO), police commissioned officer (PCO) and non-uniform personnel (NUP).
They were terminated from service from November 10, 2020, to March 24, 2021.
PNP Public Information Office Chief, BGen. Ildebrandi Usana, presented the data and showed that the reason for the dismissal of the subject personnel was due to drug use and involvement of illegal drug cases.
Based on the PNP record, 44 NCOs and one PCO were tested positive in illegal drug use while 10 NCOs and PCO were involved in illegal drug cases,
No NUP was found to have used illegal drugs but one of them was involved in the illegal drug case.
The PNP, on the other hand, ensured that the investigation of the personnel, they fired went through the proper process, and as a result, they have not received any benefits.
Sinas said that terminating them should serve as a warning to the organization and all police must be honest so that the public can trust the 220,000 police force. (AI/MTVN)