PNP chief goes after cops who forfeit court cases

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PNP Chief, Director General Alan LM Purisima. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—These lazy cops may soon find themselves behind bars.

Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima on Wednesday ordered the filing of administrative and criminal charges against 34 policemen whose failure to appear in court hearings led to the dismissal of charges against arrested drug suspects.

Purisima reiterated his directive to all policemen handling drug cases to religiously attend court trials to help expedite the prosecution of drug pushers and manufacturers.

He instructed the PNP’s main anti-narcotics unit, the Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force, to closely monitor drug-related cases filed by the police in various courts nationwide.

“Maybe these policemen think that they can get away with what they are doing because nobody is watching them. They are wrong,” Purisima said in a news briefing at Camp Crame. “They will be facing not only administrative charges because the law says they also have criminal liability for their non-appearance in court hearings.”

Upon orders of the PNP chief, task force chief Senior Superintendent Napoleon Taas said his office was coordinating with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency  and various courts to check on the status of pending drug cases.

According to Taas, they found out that at least 34 PNP personnel had been remiss in attending to their court duties, resulting in the dropping of charges against members of drug syndicates.

Asked if the erring policemen intentionally skipped court hearings to help drug suspects in exchange for money, he said, “We can only speculate.”

“It’s possible that they have been doing this for so long that they are now used to it. Maybe the past PNP leaderships did not prioritize attending to this situation,” Taas told the Inquirer. “With the directive of our PNP chief, we will be pro-active in monitoring drug cases. We will not wait for the courts or PDEA to tell us that some erring policemen may be bungling the cases.”

Taas said his office had submitted the names of the 34 policemen to the PNP Directorate of Investigation and Detective Management for pre-charge investigation.

Of this number, 24 were assigned to the anti-illegal drugs unit of several police stations in Metro Manila.

If found guilty, he said, the PNP personnel will be immediately dropped from the rolls.

Citing Section 91 of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, he said the police officers may also spend up to 20 years in jail and pay a fine of not more than P500,000.

He said task force will also file the appropriate administrative and criminal charges against the direct superiors of these policemen.

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  • tata_boy

    sa wakas, may pag-asa na si Juan de la Cruz.

    • superpilipinas

      he-he-he…..di pa totoo yan hanggat walang nakakasuhan.

  • axe musk

    Chief, FYI yor men deliberately missed the set court hearings bec. they were given a hefty paycheck for such…. Defense Lie-yers este “Lawyers” were very intelligent on this set-up as they know how to win the drug cases of their foreign clients making them a millionaire for every case they win…. take note, it’s in this type of cases (illegal Drugs) that Lawyers were making millions of pesos…. They won’t mind if the illegal drug victims were no less than their own relative/s…. pera pera lang ang labanan…

    • superpilipinas

      given hefty paycheck and maybe…..themselves and family threatened……and mistresses too.

  • superpilipinas

    “With the directive of our PNP chief, we will be pro-active in monitoring drug cases. We will not wait for the courts or PDEA to tell us that some erring policemen may be bungling the cases.”

    PRO-ACTIVE is the keyword.

    Our government should be in that mode for everything.
    Being REACTIVE only is laziness and incompetence.

    Wala rin kasing transparency or FOI kaya hindi nababantayan ng publiko. Kahit may mga NGO anti-crime watchdog tulad ng VACC, hindi uubra kung walang FOI.

  • Horst Manure

    Any case which the PNP officer does not turn up as a witness should be closely scrutinized and included the PNP officer’s assets..

  • phantomofhope

    o may pnp chief pa pala? wala ako naririnig sa kanya eh :)

  • $14334231

    is it about time, or just another papogi points?…..let’s see the names of those involved in tomorrow’s papers…..cleansing the image of PNP is loooong overdue…..let’s see if this come to realization, mr. director……baka naman ‘yong may mga “padrino” ay makaligtaan…i am pretty sure some bosses are involved on this scam….if only small “fries” are charged, then “buddy-buddy” system still exist within the PNP directorates…..no mercy to all and sundry, chief Purisima!!!!……

  • Ommm

    Do we finally have an honest cop in the PNP,,,,or can you say “honest cop and PNP” in the same sentence?…..

  • Mux

    Asked if the erring policemen intentionally skipped court hearings to
    help drug suspects in exchange for money, he said, “We can only
    speculate.”

    BS! Everybody knows that ALL police are corrupt! ALL! ALL! ALL!

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