PNP chief to hold officers liable for erring cops

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 15) — Amid mounting allegations of abuse implicating rookie policemen, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde said direct supervisors will be held accountable.

Albayalde met with close to 200 police directors from various cities and provinces Thursday and warned them they would be partly responsible should any of their men become linked to future cases of police abuse.

He added, they have not been remiss in reminding their members about how to perform their obligations.

"There will be no second chance dito. Kasi ginawa na natin lahat dito, we gave directives, memorandum napakarami na. Paulit ulit. Reminders na paulit-ulit, and yet, kung hindi masupervise yung mga tao nila on the ground, remember, these commanders are our cutting edge, sila ang aming cutting edge on the ground,"he said.

[Translation: There will be no second chances here. We have done everything, we give directives, memorandums. Constantly. We remind them constantly. yet if they cannot supervise their people on the ground, remember, these commanders are our cutting edge. They are our people on the ground.]

The PNP chief's move came after a number of mostly low-ranking policemen were accused by women of either rape, or seeking sexual favors in exchange for the liberties of crime suspects.

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A significant number of the PNP's 190,000-strong force is made up of those who are ranked PO1 and PO2.

This is why there seems to be a trend in abuse allegations, Albayalde said.

He said the high number of new members of the PNP means there needs to be a more thorough background check and training of applicants.

CNN Philippines senior correspondent David Santos contributed to this story.