Triambulo wants strong, independent Internal Affairs Service to probe scalawag cops

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Posted at Oct 22 2019 01:16 PM

MANILA - Philippine National Police (PNP) Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo on Tuesday reiterated the need for a strong, independent and autonomous police Internal Affairs Service to better investigate and adjudicate cases involving police scalawags.

"Ito nga 'yung sinasabi kong nakadismaya because we are risking ourselves and then pinagtatawanan lang pala kami kasi pwede naman palang patulugin 'yung kaso at babaguhin," Triambulo said on ANC's Headstart.

(This is what's disappointing because we are risking ourselves and then we are ridiculed because you can actually allow a case to sleep or you can change it.)

He made the remark in light of the controversy on "ninja cops" involved in allegedly reselling P648 million in drugs seized from a 2013 raid in Pampanga whose dismissal were downgraded to a demotion despite the gravity of their offense. 

Several former police generals alleged that just resigned PNP chief Oscar Albayalde, then the Pampanga police chief, had made calls to suspend the penalty on his men. 

After the case was bared at a Senate hearing, the PNP has revived proceedings to hold them accountable.

Triambulo said 20 years since it was established, the IAS is still not fully organized. 

He said Executive Order No. 101 gives IAS the power to adjudicate or have disciplinary authority over erring police officers. But the National Police Commission did not give this power to the service when it issued implementing rules and regulations. 

"Year in and year out, ini-insist po ito nung mga taga Internal Affairs Service na bigyan kasi nakikita namin sa aming mga survey nung aming mga ibinigay sa kanila for implementation, mayroon nga kaming inirekomenda na 500 dismissal pero 100 lang ang inaksiyunan at nare-reverse pa kami," he said.

(Year in and year out, we are insisting that they give this to IAS because we have seen in the survey that we provided them for implementation, we have recommended 500 for dismissal but only 100 were acted upon, sometimes our recommendations are reversed.)

He noted that internal affairs offices in other countries are feared by rogue police because they are independent from the police organization.

He said such offices conduct regular inspection "to assess the effectiveness and efficiency" of police performance and also hold an audit of police capabilities, including "readiness to address insurgency, terrorism, (and) disasters."

Triambulo said they are proposing placing IAS under the Department of the Interior and Local Government and not as a unit of the PNP.

He said the Napolcom is also duplicating the function of the IAS instead of working together. He stressed that Napolcom should instead create policies and standards of conduct to guide those who head the PNP toward achieving their goal.

"At yung Internal Affairs Service, na hiwalay din, para siya yung operating arm ng Napolcom para may check and balance. Ang IAS puwedeng recommendatory sa Napolcom at sila magde-decide bilang administrator," he explained.

(The Internal Affairs Service can be the operating arm of the Napolcom so that there can be checks and balances. IAS can be the recommending body and the Napolcom can decide as administrator.)

"Hindi natin maabot 'yung kapayapaan na minimithi natin by 2030 kung wala pong strong IAS," he said.

(We won't achieve the peace we aspire for by 2030 if there is no strong IAS.)