PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief, General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar on Friday expressed belief that the effective supervision of police personnel would ensure they will not be involved in unlawful actions.
With this in mind, the top cop reminded all police chiefs and unit heads to closely supervise the activities of their men following the directive and guidance of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año for the PNP leadership to instill discipline in the ranks.
“We will abide by the directive and guidance of our SILG Secretary Eduardo Año and further instill discipline and professionalism on our police personnel. Indeed, strict supervision is what we need to cleanse our ranks of erring personnel,” he said.
“I believe members of our organization holding high posts are professional and competent to serve as good examples to their subordinates.
When it comes to supervision, I am reiterating my directive to all police commanders when I assumed as PNP Chief: Tutukan ninyo mabuti ang inyong mga tauhan. Tandaan ninyo na kung alam ng isang pulis na hindi siya kukunsintihin ng kanyang hepe, hindi na siya mag-iisip pa na gumawa ng anumang kalokohan,” Eleazar added.
The PNP chief issued the order as Año lamented the recent incidents involving police officers, including the fatal shooting of a 52-year-old woman in Fairview, Quezon City committed by Master Sergeant Hensi Zinampan who is now in jail facing criminal and administrative charges.
The DILG secretary also tasked the PNP to fast track the resolution of administrative cases against erring police officers.
Eleazar assured the organization would determine how it can further expedite the investigation and resolution of administrative cases.
“Pag-aaralan natin kung paano mas mapapabilis pa ang proseso sa ating Internal Affairs Service nang hindi nasasakripisyo ang karapatan ng mga respondent na dumaan sa due process. Ito kasi ang isinasaalang-alang natin para maiwasan ma-teknikal at mapawalang-saysay ang kasong administratibo naisampa laban sa kanila,” he said.
The PNP Chief said he has been given the assurance by Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo of the PNP Internal Affairs Service that they will be able to finish the administrative proceedings against Zinampan in 3-4 weeks.
“I assure the public that we will be transparent in providing updates on this case and cases involving other rogue police officers,” he said.