Mon. Jul 26th, 2021

MANILA – Philippine National Police chief, Gen. Archie Gamboa on Tuesday said the result of the adjudication process on the police officers allegedly involved in illegal drugs will be available next week but it will be submitted first to Interior Secretary Eduardo Año on March 9.

“We will submit that after a month so that’s March 7. (It’s actually done but the problem is) they have to prepare. It’s a very tedious process that they have to prepare resolutions for each and every single person. We are asking that it will be submitted probably March 9 and what I am planning to do is I have to present it to the (Interior Secretary Año) first before I will present it to the President Rodrigo Duterte,” Gamboa told reporters during a press conference held at Camp Crame.

Gamboa has been mum on the names of those included on the watch list despite repeated questions from the media.

Out of the 357 policemen accused of having links to the illegal drugs trade, 15 availed of optional retirement and 43 others went AWOL (absent without leave), and 54 will no longer be adjudicated.

Meanwhile, lawyer Alfegar Triambulo, Inspector General of the PNP Internal Affairs Service (IAS) bared that 47 policemen in the drug list have previous administrative cases. These included cases of illegal drugs, grave misconduct, grave dishonesty, indiscriminate firing, alarm and scandal, homicide and murder.

Triambulo said they have recommended either dismissal from the service or a 60-90 day suspension for erring police officers while some cases were dismissed due to lack of merit.

Ten on the list of IAS were from Police Regional Office 4-A, nine from National Capital Region Police Office, eight from PRO 13, seven from PRO Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), among others.

Earlier, PNP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said as soon as the adjudication process is done, the PNP will investigate the sources of the information against police officers who were cleared.

He said it is likely that professional jealousy prompted some police officers vying for higher ranks to fabricate reports against their colleagues whom they consider as rivals.

Police officers proven to be spreading false claims on the drug list may face grave misconduct that could lead to dismissal from the service, he said. (iam/

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