Review PNP's disciplinary policy? It's 'high time,' Sinas admits

 By Deighton Acuin and Archie Villaflores

Police Chief General Debold Sinas (PHOTO: Manila Bulletin)

It is high time to review the disciplinary mechanism in Philippine National Police (PNP), police Chief General Debold Sinas admitted Thursday.

This was after the remark from Senator Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa, who also served as the nation's top cop, that the Congress should revisit Republic Act no. 8851 or the Philippine National Police Reform and Reorganization Act of 1998 in a bid to improve the disciplinary  actions within the police organization.

Sinas said he agrees with Dela Rosa's proposal that the PNP chief will be given an authority to dismiss erring cops, subject to appeal.

"High time na po na bigyan ng pagre-review 'yung policy po namin dahil we always observe due process na ganito," Sinas said in an interview on ANC.

"Kung puwede iklian o bigyan ng mas magandang pag-aaral 'yung authority ng chief PNP to immediately dismiss 'yung mga pulis na gumawa po ng kalokohan..." he added.

Dela Rosa said that stricter standards on retaining PNP personnel should be in place to remove 'scalawags.'

The lawmaker made the appeal after a gruesome killing of two unarmed individuals in Paniqui, Tarlac.

Sonya Gregorio, 52, and Frank Anthony Gregorio, 25, were killed after a heated argument with Police Master Sergeant Jonel Nuezca and his daughter. Nuezca was indicted with two murder charges.

The PNP-Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS) said it would resolve the administrative case against Nuezca within 30 days.



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