“I am demanding accountability from our police officers. With the salary increase, they should shape up or ship out,” Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) officer-in-charge Eduardo Año said following the release of new DILG and National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) police guidelines on anti-illegal drug operations.
He said that 100% increase in salaries should also mean doubling of efforts in weeding out bad eggs in the police organization.
The DILG, through the NAPOLCOM, will keep a close eye on the PNP’s implementation of the new guidelines to ensure that allegations of human rights violations against police officers involved in anti-illegal drugs operations will be a thing of the past.
“With the issuance of these guidelines, we hope that the police organization will be ably guided as they provide active support to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in the anti-illegal drugs campaign,” Año said.
Año, a former Armed Forces of the Philippines chief-of-staff, said the new guidelines demands accountability. “It is the cornerstone of a successful campaign against illegal drugs, especially if it is met with the full support and compliance from our uniformed men in the PNP,” he said.
‘One-strike policy’ shall also be implemented if the PNP members under a Chief of Police (COP) is arrested and charged in his/her involvement in illegal drugs by other operating units; when two of more Cops under a Provincial Director (PD) are relieved due to illegal drugs issue; and if two or more PDs/CDs are relieved due to illegal drugs related issues.
“All of these, and other provisions of the PNP’s operational guidelines and adherence to policies on anti-illegal drugs campaign will be closely monitored by DILG and NAPOLCOM as we try to cleanse the ranks of PNP and weed out erring cops,” the DILG OIC said.
He also urged the public to report any abuse committed by cops.
“‘Wag po kayong mag-atubili na i-report ang mga pulis na umaabuso sa kanilang tungkulin. Sisiguruhin ko sa inyo na masisibak sila sa tungkulin kapag napatunayang nagkasala sila sa batas,” he said.