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Dismissing scalawag cops effective way to cleanse PNP, says De la Rosa

 

For Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald de la Rosa, there is no effective way to pursue the internal cleansing of the 175,000-strong police organization than to meet the problem head-on—that is arresting and dismissing erring cops.

This, as de la Rosa yesterday said he was informed by Malacanang that his second extension is indefinite.
One of the primary reasons President Duterte extended de la Rosa was to pursue the ongoing reforms within the PNP, particularly the campaign against police scalawags.
The chief PNP stressed he had not thought of any other effective way to address rogue cops except to arrest them and removing them from the service.
“I have not thought of a more effective formula than what we are doing right now—we hit the problem head-on. If there are corrupt policemen, mulcting cops, arrest them, if there are complaints, entrap them,” de la Rosa said.
To intensify the cleansing campaign, de la Rosa activated the PNP-Counter Intelligence Task Force (CITF) which is primarily tasked to go after rogue cops.
“Moral recovery programs and everything has been tried but somehow all those approaches have failed. There is no other way but to hit the problem directly,” de la Rosa said.
“If there are erring policemen, remove them from the service. That is the solution,” he added.
According to de la Rosa, the President told him about his second extension last Wednesday afternoon.
“He told me ‘Bato you will be extended because we still have a lot of problems in the PNP.’...I said, yes sir, as long as you wanted me, I am willing to help you,” de la Rosa said.
On Tuesday, the President publicly announced he would extend de la Rosa beyond April when the three-month initial extension would lapse. De la Rosa was supposed to retire last month upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56.
The President stressed de la Rosa enjoyed his trust and confidence.
“I want him (Duterte) to feel confortable in what he is doing so if he feels comfortable with me around him then with all my heart, I am going to be with him and help him do the reforms he wants to institute,” de la Rosa said.
Apart from the internal cleansing program of the PNP, the other problems still facing the organization are the campaign against illegal drugs, terrorism and insurgency.
Earlier, de la Rosa had said the PNP was winning the war against illegal drugs as he vowed to sustain the momentum with his term extension.

 

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