President Duterte took exception to 228 crooked policemen who were immediately given the choice to resign or be sent to assignment in strife torn Basilan, Tawi Tawi and Sulu.
The policemen were give 15 days to get ready to either leave the force or accept and leave for their new assignments in the South.
Duterte was seething with anger at the palace ceremony and berated the assembled policemen who were caught by the PNP being involved in various cases of anomalies. Retraining will no longer be an option said the President as it does no good. “You will all be sent south to fight the terrorists and bandits, and if you survive and come back, then maybe you learned your lesson”- Duterte said.
President Duterte berates rogue and crooked policemen. -Photo section Malacanang (Robinson Ninal Jr)
The President met these policemen in Malacanang in view of the recent killing of a korean national, Jee Ick Joo who was found to have been tortured and murdered inside the Philippine National Police Headquarters at Camp Crame – an alleged victim of police extortion. The alleged Policemen involved in the crime are both multi-millionaires based on their submitted Statement of Assets and Liabilities (SALN).
Previous two weeks saw successive Senate hearings involving policemen which has dismayed the President. This has forced Duterte to abolish a unit of the PNP and ban its participation in the on going drug war.
PNP Chief Bato Dela Rosa for his part stated that shaming the policemen will send a clear message to others in the service. He said that if there is someone who carries the biggest shame, it is him as head of the PNP as he has bad eggs in the service. Senator Panfilo Lacson, a former police chief, for his part agreed to the process of shaming.
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