PNP chief vows stricter background checks on new recruits

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Posted at Aug 01 2018 11:48 AM

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The Philippine National Police will be implementing stricter background checks on new recruits as it continues to clean its ranks, the PNP chief said Wednesday following fresh reports of police officers allegedly involved in various crimes.

PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde laments that some of the policemen, mostly rookie officers, are still engaged in extortion and other similar activities when the government has already doubled their salaries this year.

"Despite the fact na dinoble na nga ang suweldo natin, meron pa ring ganyang gawain... I think ang puno't dulo lang nito ay pag amass lang ng sobra-sobrang pera. Probably meron silang lifestyle, pati ang kanilang pamilya," he told DZMM.

Albayalde's statement came after three policemen were arrested for extorting around P200 to P500 from junk shops in Valenzuela City. There were also 4 police officers in Taguig City who figured in a kidnap-extortion incident.

The country's top cop said they have already been coordinating with priests and different churches in the country for the policemen's "spiritual cleansing." But he said there seems to be a need to become more strict in the recruitment process.

"Sa ngayon ang gagawin natin, magiging strict tayo sa background investigation," Albayalde said.