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942 3rd-level PNP officers tender courtesy resignation

January 23, 2023 Alfred P. Dalizon 225 views

A TOTAL of 942 3rd-Level Philippine National Police Officers have already heeded the appeal on them to tender their courtesy resignation before President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ R. Marcos Jr. to pave the way for the cleansing of senior officials with drug links, PNP chief, General Rodolfo S. Azurin Jr. said on Monday.

The top cop said the 942 are among the 953 senior officials who were asked by Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benjamin ‘Benhur’ C. Abalos Jr. to file their courtesy resignation from the police service early this month.

“The Directorate for Personnel and Records Management is awaiting the submission of 11 letters of courtesy resignation from eight police colonels and three Police Brigadier Generals until January 31,” he said.

Gen. Azurin did not name any of the 11 but said that seven of them are already slated to retire from the service. He said that anyone of the 3rd-Level Officers whose courtesy resignation will be accepted by the 5-Man Committee and the National Police Commission will still receive their retirement pay unless the court orders the withholding of their benefits.

If that happens, an individual official will only be able to get his CAL or Commutation of Accumulated Leave initially.

As of press time, Gen. Azurin and 941 other senior PNP officials have already tendered their courtesy resignations before President Marcos. They include eight Lieutenant Generals, 19 Major Generals, 109 Brigadier Generals and 802 Colonels.

Gen. Azurin said the retiring officials apparently are thinking there is no need for them to file their courtesy resignations since they will be leaving the force already. However, he said there is still a need for them to be cleared of any involvement in illegal drugs even until retirement.

“Definitely, titingnan ng PNP kung hindi sila magsa-submit. PNP ang mag-aaral kung me indicators na involved ba sila sa illegal drug activities during their incumbency as officers,” he explained.