MANILA, Philippines – Thirteen policemen from region nine have filed their appeal before the National Police Commission (Napolcom) after they were sacked for allegedly cheating in the Philippine National Police (PNP) written exams last year.
According to Alfredo Jimenez, the policemen’s legal counsel, his clients’ removal from service did not undergo due process, adding that the cops did not even have the chance to defend themselves.
Jimenez said had his clients been informed that the Napolcom carried out an investigation about the supposed massive cheating, the cops could have filed their counter affidavit.
Furthermore, Jimenez said his clients did not enjoy equal Constitutional protection since other cops whose names were also dragged in the controversy have not been sacked.
The 13 policemen showed how varied their average exam ratings are, proving it is impossible that they cheated.
The policemen said they also took the exam in different places, making it more impossible that they copied from each other.
The 13 policemen are hoping that the Napolcom would consider their appeal so they could go back to service.
They said they were hurt by what happened because they were supposed to graduate this month to become full-fledged police. - from a report by RJ Rosalado, ABS-CBN News