Members of the Philippine National Police
The Philippine National Police Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS) has simplified the procedure in resolving administrative cases of errant policemen.
The move is in response to the directive of PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde to carry on with the internal cleansing and disciplining of policemen so they could perform well in their duties.
“Our inspector general and our internal affairs service fully support the direction laid out by the chief PNP Police Director Oscar Albayalde for internal cleansing and discipline even performance of the Philippine National Police organization,” PNP-IAS Deputy Inspector General PDIr. Leo Angelo Leuterio said.
Among the improvements, the PNP-IAS will make sure that the service of notice regarding the case will reach the involved policemen as soon as possible.
“Dati umaabot ng 2 weeks yan kasi it has to pass through registered mail. Ngayon face to face na lang. Ipapatawag mo or ibinibigay namin sa police station at pinapahanap,” Leuterio explained.
(It used to take two weeks because it has to pass through registered mail. This time it’s just face-to-face. They will be summoned or have the notice sent to the police station so they can look for them .)
The submission of affidavit has been shortened from the previous 10 days to five days. Also, the open hearing on the case is now limited only to five days as long as the defendant and the respondent submit their respective position papers.
With these changes, Leuterio believes they will be able to solve an administrative case against members of the PNP within the span of a month, as compared to three months in the past.
The popular grounds for filing an administrative case against a police are neglect of familial duties and drug-related activities.
Last year, PNP-IAS recorded around 3,000 administrative cases filed against policemen. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
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