Metro Manila police officers who failed to show up for their redeployment to Basilan will face administrative sanctions and may even be dismissed from the service.
This is the warning of National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Oscar Albayalde after only 53 out of 310 alleged rogue policemen showed up on Tuesday for their reassignment to the southern Philippines.
Albayalde said he is giving the more than 200 policemen who defied President Rodrigo Duterte's order 24 hours to explain their side.
"They will be made to explain, and of course without any valid reason they will be marked as AWOL (absent without official leave) and it could mean their dismissal from the service," Albayalde warned.
Amid reports that some of the policemen redeployed were not really "scalawags," Albayalde said the President can choose to redeploy police where he sees fit.
"This is all part of the authority given to the commander-in-chief," he said.
While the policemen's transfer to Basilan was characterized as a disciplinary measure by Duterte, Albayalde insisted that the move was not punitive.
Albayalde said the alleged erring policemen can be assigned again in Metro Manila once they change their ways.