August 24, 2023 Alfred P. Dalizon 221 views

HUNDREDS of Philippine National Police officials have sought the Palace redress amid their long-delayed promotion which they blamed on the failure of concerned officials to act on their papers as early as this year.

Officials who talked to the Journal Group on condition of anonymity said they are asking President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ R. Marcos Jr. to ‘set right their unfair situation’ which starts as soon as the Senior Officers Placement and Promotion Board recommend their promotion to the National Police Commission.

“We are calling on the President to redress the problems we encounter regarding the promotion of our 3rd-Level Officers starting from the Napolcom, to the Civil Service Commission and to the Office of the Executive Secretary,” said one official.

The complaints have centered on the failure of concerned officials to act on their submitted promotion papers and even likened it to violation of Republic Act 9485 or ‘An Act to Improve Efficiency in the Delivery of Government Service to the Public by Reducing Bureaucratic Red Tape, Preventing Graft and Corruption’ and Providing Penalties Thereof.’

RA 9485, also known as the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007 was signed into law by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on June 2, 2007.

The problem on ‘snail-paced’ processing of PNP promotion papers have affected hundreds of officials with the rank of Major Generals down to Lieutenant Colonels and Majors.

“There is also demoralization on the ranks of 2nd-Level PNP Officials as Lieutenant Colonels occupying positions of Colonels are not being promoted. Thus, Police Majors cannot be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonels due to the same problem,” a Police Colonel occupying a key Camp Crame position said.

The Journal Group acquired a copy of an August 18 letter of PNP chief, General Benjamin C. Acorda Jr. to Executive Secretary Lucas P. Bersamin thru Assistant Secretary Carlos A. Bersamin.

In his letter, the top cop told ES Bersamin that the authorized number of positions for star rank officers in the PNP are as follows: Police General-1; Police Lieutenant General-8; Police Major General-24; and Police Brigadier General-120.

Overall, the authorized number of star-rank positions in the PNP is 153.

“All these 153 star rank positions have legal bases. These are either created by law and or Napolcom Resolutions and are also sanctioned by the Department of Budget and Management,” he said.

“These number of positions per rank is the sole basis to determine the number of generals or star rank officers in the PNP. As such, our promotion system particularly for these ranks is based on the principle of vacancy in position and in rank,” Gen. Acorda explained.

“Wit this principle, all star rank officers are required to be designated to any of the 153 positions before they can apply for promotion and with this requirement, a situation wherein the number of star rank officers is more than the number of positions is not a possibility and will never happen,” Gen. Acorda said.

The PNP chief said that at present, there are only 124 tar rank officers in the PNP as follows: Police General-1; Police Lieutenant General-7; Police Major General-17; and Police Brigadier General-124.