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PNP reshuffles 1,370 cops with family ties to candidates

PNP Chief, Police General Oscar D Albayalde has approved a limited reshuffle of personnel affecting 1,370 police officers who are related by blood or affinity to candidates vying for various elective posts in the 2019 midterm elections.

At the same time, the PNP has issued resignation orders to five (5) police personnel who were deemed resigned from the police service upon their filing of Certificates of Candidacy for local elective posts.

Limited reshuffle of personnel is an administrative measure to ensure impartiality and non-partisan enforcement of the law by police personnel, particularly in areas where they have relatives who are candidates for local elective positions.

The limited reshuffle policy was likewise applied to 121 Provincial Directors, City Directors, Mobile Force Commanders, and Chiefs of Police who have reached the maximum two years tour of duty in their assignments.

“As non-partisan and deputized law enforcement agency of the Commission on Elections, we strongly and firmly remain faithful to our apolitical mandate to ensure and protect the will of the electorate towards honest, orderly and peaceful elections,” the Chief PNP said.

Directorate for Personnel and Records Management (DPRM) head, Police Major General Lyndon Cubos said there are 1,858 PNP personnel who have blood relations and affinity to politicians who are candidates in the coming elections. However, only 1,370 are presently assigned in the political jurisdictions of the candidates, while 488 are assigned elsewhere, thus need not be relieved from their present assignments.

Those reassigned were 26 Police Commissioned Officers (PCO) and 1344 Police Non-Commissioned Officers (PNCO).

Meanwhile, the five resigned PNP personnel are vying for elective posts as Vice Mayor and Municipal Councilor in Bukidnon, Surigao del Norte, Northern Samar, Lanao del Sur, and Zamboanga del Sur.

COMELEC Resolution No. 10420 Section 24 on Effects of filing Certificate of Candidacy states that “any person holding a public appointed office or position, including those in uniformed service, shall be considered ipso facto resigned from the office and must vacate the same at the start of the day of the filing of COC.” (PNP-PIO)