By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Police General Guillermo Eleazar announced the arrest of three (3) applicants — one of whom turned out positive for COVID-19 — for submitting fake RT-PCR test results at the Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (PRO-BAR).
The arrest could have been four but PGen Eleazar said the fourth applicant was able to evade arrest but will be charged and be subjected to follow-up operations for submitting a similar fake swab test result.
The PNP Chief said that the four applicants deliberately submitted the fake RT-PCR tests which made them liable for deception and qualified forgery of critical documents amid the pandemic.
Two of the arrested police applicants were brought to the Prosecutor’s Office while the third suspect who tested positive for COVID-19 was placed under isolation.
As this happened, PGen Eleazar tasked all police units that were given an allocation for the more than 17,000 slots that would be recruited this year to coordinate with the PNP Recruitment and Selection Service Unit to check if there are incidents similar to what was discovered in PRO-BAR.
According to PGen Eleazar there were actually 66 police applicants who submitted bogus RT-PCR test results during the PRO-BAR recruitment, but the other 62 were cleared of wrongdoing because they themselves did not know that the results they submitted were fake.
“Layunin ng ating bagong sistema sa police recruitment na iyong tunay na qualified at tapat sa serbisyo lamang ang makapapasok sa organisasyon. Itong apat na ito, mag-a apply pa lang magpulis, nakuha nang manloko. Akala yata ay makalulusot. Bukod sa blacklisted na sila sa pag-a-apply sa PNP, may asunto pa sila ngayon,” said PGen Eleazar.
“Iyong isa na nakatakas, hahabulin natin iyan at pananagutin sa pamemeke niya ng RT- PCR test result,” he added.
PGen Eleazar has ordered the disqualification of and filing of charges against police applicants who knowingly submit fake RT-PCR results in the recruitment process.
“This should serve as a warning to all police applicants who are planning to do something illegal in the recruitment process,” Eleazar said.
“Hindi kami magpapasok sa organisasyon ng dadagdag lang sa aming problema at magbibigay kasiraan sa PNP. Naniniwala ako na mas marami pa rin na gustong magpulis ang karapat-dapat na bigyan ng puwang sa aming hanay,” he added. (AI/MTVN)