Verzosa sends police gunban violators to reform school

January 31, 2010 12:24 am 

MANILA, Jan. 30 — Police personnel arrested for violation of the Comelec-imposed gunban will undergo a special disciplinary program for errant personnel.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Director General Jesus A. Verzosa on Saturday directed the PNP Regional Directors to relieve from post all personnel arrested for gunban violation and reassign them with the Regional Special Training Unit (RSTU) to undergo 30 days Character and Aptitude Development Training (CADET) program.

As law enforcers, police personnel are expected to be the first to uphold respect for the law and not to violate it, Verzosa said.

As of Jan. 30, the National Election Monitoring and Action Center (NEMAC) has recorded 39 PNP personnel among 517 persons arrested in separate incidents for violation of Comelec Resolution 8714 that prohibits carrying of firearms during the election period.

The PNP Internal Affairs Service has initiated administrative sanctions against these errant police personnel who also face criminal liability for violation of the Omnibus Election Code.

Verzosa gave IAS 30 days to resolve the administrative cases filed against errant PNP personnel while corresponding criminal charges for violation of the Omnibus Election Code of the Philippines will be filed by the arresting unit.

The Chief PNP warned to reassign all PNP personnel arrested in checkpoint operations for gunban violation to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Similar sanctions will be meted on police unit commanders who shall be found remiss in their duty to conduct operations against gunban violators and Partisan Armed Groups, Verzosa said. (PNA) RMA/PR/rsm

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