Raps vs. 'casino cop' show PNP serious in getting rid of rogues

By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan

September 6, 2022, 4:08 pm

MANILA – The anti-scalawag unit of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday warned police officers to shape up as it continues to swoop down on misfits among the ranks.

This came as state prosecutors, in an Aug. 30 resolution, indicted Maj. Rolando Isidoro on charges of violation of Article 231 of the Revised Penal Code for violating Memorandum Circular No. 6, series of 2016, which prohibits government officials and employees, especially police and military personnel from staying and playing at a casino.

“This development in Isidoro's case should be a warning to our fellow PNP personnel to start instilling in their hearts and minds that the PNP leadership is serious in this quest. We may have been implementing a comprehensive and holistic approach alongside the help of our Church and Community to cleanse our ranks, but at the end of the day, the decision remains in them,” said Brig. Gen. Warren de Leon, Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) chief, in a statement.

Isidoro was arrested by the IMEG National Capital Region Field Unit in an operation on Aug. 27 while he was playing a slot machine inside the casino of Resorts World Manila.

De Leon assured the public of its commitment to continue implementing an aggressive internal cleansing strategy to cleanse the organization from misfits and amplify the true sense of “Malasakit”, as embodied in the “MKK=K" or "Malasakit, Kaayusan at Kapayapaan tungo sa Kaunlaran” peace and security framework of PNP chief, Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr.

“We have re-focused all our efforts to do better and contribute to the long-sought success of our internal cleansing program. While we implement it aggressively in our monitoring and validations, we also make sure that no law or rights are violated even the rights of our subjects/targets,” de Leon said.

Since August, he said the IMEG has already conducted a total of 12 law enforcement operations which led to the arrest of 14 active and former PNP personnel.

“And we hope they will choose what is best for their career and family because truly, life is beautiful. But we can only experience the beauty of life if we perform our duty with integrity, honor, and justice,” he added. (PNA)