11 police who bashed PNP Chief Albayalde reassigned to Mindanao

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 9) — Eleven police officers who hit Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde on social media will be relocated to Mindanao, the PNP announced Wednesday.

"They have been relieved and reassigned to Sulu because Sulu lacks personnel for the maintenance of peace and security in that area," PNP spokesperson John Bulalacao said.

He maintained that the reassignment is "not punitive and is never a form of punishment."

"They will be appropriately charged for conduct unbecoming of a police officer," he added.

Albayalde on Tuesday said the officers could face administrative charges, such as insubordination. Nine of the 11 policemen reported to him at Camp Crame on Tuesday.

"I talked to them. And I made them realize na mali ang ginagawa ng mga ganyan [what they are doing is wrong]," said Albayalde.

The policemen used false names to hide their identities while posting on a Facebook page called "Buhay Lespu." They came from various units of the PNP.

"May tamang paraan para mag-express ng grievance mo -- hindi sa Facebook, hindi sa social media na parang tinataga mo ang kasamahan mo at commander mo... sa maling paraan," said Albayalde.

[Translation: There is a proper way to express your grievances -- not through Facebook or social media, where you hit your colleagues and commander... in the wrong way.]

He maintained the posts were like "(washing) dirty linen in public" and willfully put the organization in bad light.

"On the day we signed-up for the police service, in effect, we waived certain civil liberties and political rights that private citizens enjoy," he said.

PNP Memorandum Circular No. 2008-0116 details the systems for uniformed personnel to raise their grievances. It also maintains that no member of the PNP "ventilate their grievance, direct to any forum outside of the PNP organization."

Under the circular, those who violate the guidelines can be held administratively liable. Supervisors and heads of offices who refuse to act on the grievances can also be held liable for neglect of duty.

Non-uniformed personnel can refer to PNP Memorandum Circular No. 2016-077 when airing their grievances, a PNP statement added.

The Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management is investigating 20 police personnel for alleged violation of these regulations.

Albayalde, who succeeded former PNP Chief Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa, has vowed to prioritize the discipline and reform of police officers during his term.

He told his men his office was open to those who sought an audience and they should "sound-off if there is anything so urgent that I should know."

CNN Philippines' correspondent Gerg Cahiles contributed to this report.