MANILA — The National Police Commission (Napolcom) on Monday denied that it is reinstating erring officers for a fee.
The issue was raised after Dante Jimenez of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) accused the agency of "recycling" the appointments of previously dismissed police officers.
Speaking on DZMM, Jimenez said his group has been receiving complaints about police officers being handed back their badges despite having outstanding records.
"Itong mga recycled na pulis, matagal na 'tong kino-complain sa Napolcom, even the DILG. Ang problema dito, hindi naman natatanggal totally, nare-reinstate pa," he said.
"This is the problem with our law enforcement agencies. Yung mga iba nilang mga tao na-involve na sa malalaking mga krimen pero andidyan pa rin sa pwesto.
(The problem with our law-enforcement agencies is some of the officers involved in major crimes continue to remain in their positions.)
"Kaya sinasabi ko, high time for Sueno to wake up. Secretary (Ismael) Sueno ng DILG at si Bato (PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa), dapat 'yan talaga ino-overhaul 'yan," he said.
The Napolcom denied such a scheme exists.
Atty. Rogelio Casurao, vice chairman and executive officer of the Napolcom, said that they do not have the final say whether a police officer will be dismissed from service because they can always appeal their cases.
"Our decision is not final because they can go on to the Supreme Court, etc," he said.
Casurao added that, once police officers are dismissed, they will not be allowed to wear a uniform and perform police duties, even as they wait for a decision on an appeal.
"We immediately implement that even when there's an appeal with an appellate body," he said.
According to Casurao, even if the Napolcom already dismissed a police officer, they may be reinstated if the court decides in favor of their case.
"Baka 'yan ang nasagap ng mga taong nagsasabing we are in the business of recycling appointment and reinstatement. Hindi namin kasalanan 'yun because it's the Court of Appeals who orders the reinstatement," Casurao said, adding that this is usually the case when the Court believes the police officer's case is minor and does not warrant a dismissal.
(Accusations of recycling erring cops were probably derived from this type of scenario. It isn't our fault because it's the Court of Appeals that orders the reinstatement.)