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PNP records among bases in screening senior officers’ resignations — official

Records from the Philippine National Police (PNP) will be among the bases for the assessment of the resignations of senior police officers, PNP public information office chief Police Colonel Redrico Maranan said Wednesday.

“Pinahanda na po kaagad yung mga dokumento na kakailanganin po sa pag-screen at yung kanilang mga proseso kung paano titignan at susuriin yung mga dokumento na hawak na po ng PNP,” Maranan said at a televised public briefing.

[The documents needed for the screening have been already prepared.] 

Aside from this, Maranan said more documents that will be provided by other agencies will be considered in the assessment.

Maranan said the five-man advisory group already finalized the guidelines and parameters for the review on the resignations.

On January 4, Interior Secretary Benhur Abalos asked senior PNP officials to submit courtesy resignations as part of the government's efforts to rid the police force of officers involved in the illegal drug trade.

Abalos said this was “the only way to make a fresh start” in the PNP, as he expressed concern over the involvement of some high ranking police officers in the illegal drug trade.

The advisory group is composed of PNP chief Police General Rodolfo Azurin Jr., Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, Office of the Presidential Adviser on Military Affairs’ Undersecretary Isagani Neres, former Defense chief Gilbert Teodoro Jr., and former Court of Appeals Associate Justice Melchor Quirino Sadang.

Earlier, Azurin said they are aiming to finish the review in less than three months.

The NAPOLCOM will again assess the police officers whose resignations are accepted by the advisory group. Then it will be forwarded for President Ferdinand Marcos Jr’s approval. — RSJ, GMA Integrated News