(UPDATED) A total of 387 policemen from Metro Manila ordered to undergo disciplinary retraining will instead be made to report to Malacañang and clean up the Pasig River, the Philippine National Police (PNP) chief said Monday.
PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa said President Rodrigo Duterte ordered that instead of sending these cops for retraining in a "values and leadership school" in Subic, they should instead report to Malacañang.
"The order of the President is to have these 300-plus policemen ...bago doon ipapa-retrain o instead na ipapa-retrain doon sa Subic, pa-report-in muna sa Malacañang para mag-start sila maglinis sa Pasig River,” he said
Dela Rosa ordered regional director Chief Supt. Oscar Albayalde to bring the policemen to Camp Crame, and then he will accompany the cops to Malacañang.
“Sasamahan ko, dadalhin ko sa Malacañang, ipa-formation ko sa harap ni Presidente para mag-start na sila maglinis doon sa Pasig River,” he said.
“Maglinis sila sa Pasig River dahil ‘yung tugboat ni Presidente, pagtawid sa Bahay Pangarap to Malacañang, parating nababara doon sa water lily; kaya palinisin natin sa mga pulis," added Dela Rosa.
He said these cops are only facing minor offenses, and it is the command initiative of the PNP to send them for retraining.
“Karamihan nitong 300 plus, ito ay minor offenses which are not grounds from separation from the service—kagaya ng absences sa duty, late in reporting to work. Yung mga simple infractions na ‘yun, we consider these policemen as reformable,” he said.
“Itong mga policemen na ito ‘yung mga light offenses lang ang ginagawa nila. Hindi pa sila categorized as beyond economical (sic), moral, and spiritual repair. Pwede pa silang ma-repair, ma-rehabilitate,” he added.
The PNP had been ordered to clean up their ranks and was told to halt participation in the administration's anti-drug campaign, following the alleged involvement of cops in crimes like the abduction and killing of South Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo, among others.