DILG Central News
Napolcom to Fast Track Resolution of Pending Admin Cases vs. PNP PersonnelJanuary 17, 2011
The National Police Commission (Napolcom) has sped up the resolution of pending administrative cases against some 2,858 erring police personnel, who are facing summary dismissal proceedings, Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo said today.
Robredo, also the Napolcom ex-officio Chair, said the resolution of cases pending before the Commission should be hastened, considering the recent reports of personnel allegedly involved in violent acts and criminal activities.
“Internal policy and protocol issues in the resolution of PNP-related crimes confront Napolcom. We have to amend some internal rules, for instance, on bringing in legal officers with few case loads from the regions to the central office to help us expedite the resolution of pending administrative cases,” he said.
Robredo clarified that not all of the more 2,800 pending cases against police personnel indicated actual participation in the commission of violence or crimes, the reason why some of those cases are sometimes hard to expedite.
“Some of the pending administrative cases really are harassment suits against our personnel who may have hurt the egos of some moneyed individuals while they were performing their duties,” he said.
Aside from the Napolcom main office, some of the pending administrative cases against police officers are also being handled by the agency’s National Appellate Board (NAB) and/or Regional Appellate Boards (RAB).
In the country’s 17 PNP Regional Offices, Robredo said, the numberof pending administrative cases totaled 246, with 71 of which attributed to Regional Office No. 4A, and 57 to the Napolcom NCR Office – the two offices with thehighest number of pending cases against police personnel.
Of the 246 cases, the Commission has decided on 214, which represents 87% disposition rate.
“This exceeded the 2010 target of 153 cases to be resolvedbased on the Operations Plan and Budget (OPB) by 40%. In November 15 of last year, the Commission has disposed 162 of 3, 020 cases for summary dismissal,” Robredo disclosed. 32 cases remain in the Regional Offices.”
Robredo said that despite the setbacks in the resolution of summary disciplinary and appealed casesinvolving PNP personnel, “the Commission stays positive and focused in hastening the resolution of pending cases.”
At present, the DILG chief said, the Napolcom is reviewing and considering the revision of the commission’s Memorandum Circular No. 2007-001 or the “Uniform Rules of Procedure Before the Administrative Authorities and the Internal Affairs Service of the PNP,” which provides for the reassignment of legal officers.
“The Legal Affairs Service of the Commission is likewise tasked to update case inventories,” he added.