THE top police official in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and 15 police colonels tendered their courtesy resignation in support to the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) effort to cleanse the Philippine National Police (PNP) of scalawags.
“I know, everyone was taken by surprise, but that was the appeal to all of us police generals and colonels and in support, we heeded the call to tender our courtesy resignation,” Brig. Gen. John Guyguyon, BARMM police director, said yesterday.
Guyguyon said his and his subordinates’ decision to tender their resignation Sunday was to show commitment and cooperation with the ongoing PNP internal cleansing program.
“This is just to pave the way for an impartial investigation of those who are into illegal drugs. We remain in status quo,” he said.
A five-man committee earlier was formed by the DILG to determine and make recommendations to President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. who will go or stay in the police service.
Guyguyon, meanwhile, said he has never been into illegal activities since joining the national police force.
“I entrust my 33 years of service to the DILG Secretary’s (Benhur Abalos) good intentions, so I heeded the call and led the signing of our courtesy resignations in support of the PNP internal cleansing,” he said.
Guyguyon said he is confident none among the police senior officials in BARMM are involved in illegal drug activities.
22 CARAGA SENIOR COPS HEED DILG’S APPEAL
A TOTAL of 21 police colonels and a brigadier general in the Police Regional Office in the Caraga Region (PRO-13) tendered their courtesy resignations yesterday in support of the recent call made by Interior and Local Government Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr.
“All the 21 colonels have tendered their courtesy resignation. The four could not attend the command conference today because of the difficulties in traveling from their assignments as we are experiencing bad weather conditions,” Maj. Jennifer Ometer, the chief of the PRO-13 Public Information Office, told Philippine News Agency.
In an earlier statement Sunday, the senior police officers in the region led by PRO-13 Director Brig. Gen. Pablo Labra II said they are also ready to face the process of cleansing the ranks of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to free the organization from “all accusations and doubts.”
“In the meantime, we will continue our fight against illegal drugs, terrorism, and all kinds of criminality, and serve the community as part of our sworn duty,” the senior officers said. PNA