ARMM—Only 118 of the police “scalawags” comprising 11 Commissioned Officers and 107 Non-Commissioned Officers reported for Basilan as of March 9, 2017 as part of the continuous process of the PNP’s internal cleansing. Reassigned cops in Basilan are now working as part of Task Force Basilan and are deployed in different Municipal Police Stations as they were projected. In the original strength of 309, three had amended orders placing them in Directorate for Personnel and Records Management- Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit and seven had cancellation of orders and remained in their previous assignments. A number of 181 are still in Absent Without Official Leave (AWOL) status or those who did not attempt to report in PROARMM.
On February 21, 2017, the first batch air lifted through C-130 military aircraft to Zamboanga City were only 54 and two of them later have cancellation of orders. Another 66 reported within the past two weeks where nine of them just returned to PNP control on March 6 and are still paying courtesy call to the PROARMM Command Group and staff.
In the processing of the newly assigned personnel, two Police Non-Commissioned Officers with ranks of Police Officer 2 from NCRPO yielded positive for the use of illegal drugs.
Police Chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore C Sindac, Regional Director-PROARMM, made a manifestation for the subsequent filing of appropriate charges against the two confirmed drug-users and those who went AWOL. He directed his staff to create a Task Force that will handle and resolve the AWOL cases of the erring personnel.
PCSuptSindac said that the deployment of cops will determine their loyalty to service and measure their bravery and dedication to duty. (PSI MARCILLE M MANZANO)