Cops caught sleeping, drinking on duty to face raps

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Posted at Feb 08 2018 08:06 PM

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) will file charges against the 18 policemen caught sleeping and drinking while on duty.

DILG Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Secretary Eduardo Año said the erring policemen will face harsh penalties for dereliction of duty, conduct unbecoming and other appropriate complaints.

He also said he has given the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Police Commission (Napolcom) instructions to "act with dispatch" on the case of the 18 cops and to file appropriate administrative charges against them.

"Nagbigay na ako ng direktiba sa Napolcom at PNP na bigyan ng karampatang parusa ang mga pulis na ito. Kahiya-hiya para sa buong kapulisan ang ginawa nila," he said in a statement.

Año also said the 18 cops do not deserve the salary increase given to them last month.

"Walang karason-rason para maging tamad o tiwali ang mga pulis ngayon dahil doble na ang sahod nila. Pero imbis na maging mas masipag at masigasig sa pagpapatrolya at pagtugis sa kriminal ang 18 pulis na ito, tutulog-tulog pa sila sa trabaho," he said.

Año likewise encouraged regional police directors to follow the example of National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Chief Oscar Albayalde by conducting similar inspections and spot checks on their operating units.

"I commend Gen. Albayalde for doing these spot inspections personally. Nothing beats leading by example," he said. 

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Albayalde himself caught the cops assigned at the Maricaban Police Community Precinct in Pasay City sleeping and the personnel of Sucat Police Community Precinct in Muntinlupa City drinking liquor while on duty.

The cops have been stripped of their weapons and badges and have been reassigned to the Regional Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.