Sinas: Dismissed cops barred forever
Mae Clydyl L. Avila (The Freeman) - March 6, 2019 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines — As part of the Philippine National Police’s intensified internal cleansing, dismissed policemen will no longer be reinstated.

Police Brigadier General Debold Sinas, director of Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7), told reporters that he will talk to the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) to ask them not to approve the re-entry of dismissed policemen.

"We will ask NAPOLCOM not to qualify dismissed cops. That’s to show the police will serve as a good example," Sinas said.

Policemen are also not exempted from the election gun ban.

"Naa'y mga polis nga among gipangdakop, wala mi pabor-pabor. Gusto gyud namo nga polis maoy example ba para kun madakpan namo ang polis, among kauban, di makastorya nga basta polis exempted," he said. (We have arrested policemen.  That shows that we don’t have biases.  We want to show that policemen are not exempted.)

Sinas wants to publish names of errant cops for public knowledge.

"Amo ipublish to, para mahibaw-an sa Central Visayas nga kining mga tawhana dili na ni polis. Bahala na lang sila og mag-appeal sila nga mobalik sa amo (PNP service)," he said. (We will publish their names who that Central Visayas will know that these men are no longer part of the PNP.  It’s up to them if they will file an appeal to be reinstated.)

The latest PRO-7 records show that 14 cops and one non-uniformed personnel were dismissed as of 2018.

Ten of them went absence without official leave (AWOL) and were administratively charged with neglect of duty.

Two were also charged with neglect of duty for their failure to appear in court hearings.

Police Officer 2 Cyrelle Marie Bayate was dismissed for grave misconduct after she was arrested last year gambling inside a casino.

PO1 Argel Fuentes was dismissed for conduct unbecoming a policeman after he reportedly robbed a gas station and resisted arrest last year in Mandaue City. — MBG (FREEMAN)

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