Heads are rolling in the Philippine National Police in Caraga Region.
The regional director of the Caraga police said on Friday that he had dismissed a record number of 43 policemen from January 1 to November 9 this year and vowed to step up his campaign against rogue officers.
Chief Supt. Rolando B. Felix said the “cleansing program” was part of the PNP leadership’s effort to instill discipline and build ethics while enhancing the performance of personnel and units.
“This is part of our ongoing internal cleansing efforts to instill discipline and build ethics among our ranks,” Felix said.
“We need cops who are true to their sworn duties and committed to render quality police services,” he added.
According to Felix, the dismissed police officers were found guilty for grave misconduct, grave insubordination, serious neglect of duty and grave neglect of duty.
He, however, did not give the names and ranks of dismissed officers.
Last year, a series of random drug tests was conducted to the uniformed personnel assigned to the regional headquarters, police provincial offices, public safety forces and police stations spread all over Caraga.
“Few of those who found positive for the use of illegal drugs were charged administratively for grave misconduct,” he said.
Felix also urged the public to support and collaborate with them in weeding out police scalawags and incorrigibles. By GD