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Sueno: I respect the President’s decision, but I am not corrupt

April 4, 2017

Interior and Local Government Secretary on Tuesday said that he respects the decision of President Duterte to remove him from his post but he asserts that he has no hand in the corruption charges leveled against him by some sectors.

“I wholeheartedly accept the decision of the President.  It is his call if he wants me in his Cabinet or not.  But for the record, Mr. President, and I can say this with all honesty and sincerity, hindi po ako corrupt,” said Sueno.

He said that the President must have been fed with the wrong information by those who were salivating for his post from the start.

“I just wished the information was validated. If only the President asked DILG personnel from the central down to the regional and field offices, he would have known who amongst us are more credible and trustworthy,” he said.

He said he is ready to clear his name and he is ready to face any investigation by any concerned group or body.

“My conscience is clear.  Inuulit ko po, wala akong ginawa o ginagawang anomalya,” he said.

The embattled Sueno said that despite the circumstances, he is grateful for the opportunity to have served the DILG for almost ten months.

“I believe that I did my best and I gave my whole heart to the job.  I am also fortunate to have been given a chance to work with a dedicated and passionate workforce in the DILG,” he said.

One of the issues hurled against Sueno in the confidential letter sent by the MRRD-NECC (Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte-National Executive Coordinating Committee) to Malacanang is the alleged anomalous payment of the Rosenbauer firetrucks.

He said there was no way that he could have prevented the purchase of the firetrucks because it was a perfected contract entered into by the previous administration.

“My role was to abide by the provision of the contract which says that I should ensure that the firetrucks to be delivered are in good condition so my team and I had to go to Austria to inspect them. If we did not do that, we cannot anymore complain if they delivered defective firetrucks to us,” he said.

Sueno also said that the firetrucks are actually much cheaper compared to locally-made firetrucks because these are under a soft loan agreement for 23 years with only minimal interest rates.

“The Austrian firetrucks are new ones compared to the locally-made ones which are cheaper but are reconditioned and which are good only for a few years.  But then again, this is beside the point.  The contract is perfected and I only had to implement it,” he said.

Sueno said that while there is a pending petition preventing the enforcement/implementation of the contract before the Supreme Court, there was no temporary restraining order, any injunctive relief or even a status quo ante order issued by the court suspending or holding the same in abeyance.

On the other corruption issues that were thrown against him, he said that the truth will prevail in the end.  “What goes around comes around.  I hope that they (referring to his detractors) will do better than I did in the DILG.  I may be old, I may not be as articulate as my three lawyer-undersecretaries, but if there is one thing that I am sure of is I am not corrupt.”  

NAPOLCOM Public Assistance Unit now fully operational

February 14, 2017

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) approved the creation of its Public Assistance Unit (PAU) under the Inspection, Monitoring and Investigation Service (IMIS) to expedite response to any call for immediate assistance for or against members of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

This was announced by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer    Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao as the Commission issued Special Order No. 2017-001 to fully operationalize the said Unit. The PAU, which has been operational since February 3, 2017, renders duty on a 24-hour basis, seven days a week.

The PAU was created to monitor and investigate police anomalies/irregularities in line with the Commission’s thrust to attend more promptly and act expeditiously on all complaints emanating from all multi-media platforms,” Atty. Casurao said. 

Vice-Chairman Casurao said that the PAU is tasked to receive calls involving police anomalies and irregularities and take appropriate actions as necessary and dispatch IMIS personnel to monitor, validate and investigate legitimate reports/complaints within 24 hours from receipt thereof.

Vice-Chairman Casurao explained that a complaint lodged before the Unit or information received/gathered will be evaluated whether it requires immediate dispatch of personnel to thwart any irregularity. All reports will be considered legitimate based on the following: the person complained of must be a member of the PNP; the acts complained of would constitute as a violation of the law and can be substantiated based on evidence.

“The Commission is at the forefront of its campaign in professionalizing the PNP. If the police become more aware that the NAPOLCOM is discharging its constitutional and statutory mandates, disciplined members within the ranks will increase. Eventually, time will come that within themselves, self-discipline will prevail; thus, serving the community better in the pursuit of justice, peace and security,” Atty. Casurao said. 

The NAPOLCOM Public Assistance Unit is located at the Ground Floor, DILG-NAPOLCOM Center, EDSA corner Quezon Avenue, West Triangle, Quezon City with telephone numbers 890-2143; 890-2535 and 899-8088.

NAPOLCOM increases combat duty pay of PNP uniformed personnel

February 10, 2017

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) approved the increase of the combat duty pay and combat incentive pay of Philippine National Police (PNP) uniformed personnel involved in actual police operations.

This was announced by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Ismael D. Sueno after the Commission en banc issued Resolution No. 2016-794 dated November 29, 2016 which approves the increase of said benefits and Resolution No. 2017-035 dated January 26, 2017 which confirms the PNP Memorandum Circular prescribing the implementing guidelines on the grant of said allowances to qualified PNP personnel.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casuaro said that this is pursuant to President Rodrigo Duterte’s  Executive Order No. 3 dated September 26, 2016 entitled “Increasing the Rates of Combat Duty Pay and Combat Incentive Pay of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Extending the same allowances to the Uniformed Personnel of the Philippine National Police, Amending therefor Executive Order No. 38 (S. 2011)” in order to improve the living conditions of the men in uniform who are engaged in combating threats to national security and public order and safety.

“The Commission fully supports the desire of the President to boost the morale of the uniformed members of the PNP, particularly those assigned to high-risk operations, by increasing their monthly combat duty pay and combat incentive pay,” Casurao said.

From P500 per month, qualified PNP personnel shall now receive ₱3,000.00 monthly combat duty pay. Those who are entitled are police officers engaged in actual police operations, patrol duties, anti-terrorism activities and those assigned at the regional headquarters and national support unit headquarters performing support to counter-insurgency and anti-criminality operations, including those providing security to the President and his family and those confined in hospitals due to wounds or injuries sustained or incurred while in police or combat operations.

PNP uniformed personnel who figure directly in actual combat against members of various insurgent, terrorist and lawless elements shall be entitled to an additional combat incentive pay of ₱300.00 per day subject to the following conditions: (1) the operation must be for a specific combat mission that is duly covered by a PNP Mission Order; (2) the personnel involved in combat must be in the published task organization of the PNP Mission Order; and (3) the total additional combat incentive pay for each individual shall not exceed ₱3,000.00 per month.

Vice-Chairman Casurao emphasized that the combat incentive pay shall be over and above the combat duty pay for qualified uniformed personnel of the PNP.

The increased rates in the combat duty pay and combat incentive pay took effect on September 1, 2016.

NAPOLCOM recommends to President Duterte 42 SAF troopers for Medal of Valor

February 7, 2017

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recommends to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte the conferment of the Medal of Valor-Posthumous (Medalya ng Kagitingan) on the 42 Special Action Force (SAF) troopers who died in action during a police operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25, 2015.

The NAPOLCOM en banc chaired by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Ismael D. Sueno endorsed to the Office of the President Resolution No. 2017-077 dated January 31, 2017 recommending the conferment of the Philippine National Police (PNP) highest award on the 42 SAF heroes who were previously awarded with the PNP Distinguished Conduct Medal-Posthumous (Medalya ng Kabayanihan) on November 25, 2015.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that two (2) of the SAF 44 heroes were already conferred with the PNP Medal of Valor-Posthumous on January 25, 2016. They were PCINSP Gednat G. Tabdi, the team leader of Team 1 of the Main Effort 1, 84th Special Action Company, and PO2 Romeo C. Cempron, the lead gunner of the Main Effort 2, 55th Special Action Company.

Despite being outnumbered, the 44 SAF commandos exhibited conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of their lives above and beyond the call of duty which resulted in the successful neutralization of Zulkifli Bin Hir a.k.a Marwan and Basit Usman. Marwan is one of the most wanted terrorists and bomb makers in Southeast Asia with $5 Million reward in the Rewards for Justice Program of the US Department of State and ₱7.4 Million in the DND-DILG Joint Order Number 15-2012.

“While the NAPOLCOM is committed to cleanse the PNP of rogue cops, it also continues to recognize commendable acts, self-sacrifice and bravery of our police officers. We will never forget the SAF 44 heroes. It is only right and just to award all of them with the highest recognition, the Medal of Valor or Medalya ng Kagitingan,” Atty. Casurao said.

Under Republic Act No. 9049 (An Act Granting Monthly Gratuity and Privileges to an Awardee of Medal of Valor) Medal of Valor awardees are entitled to a lifetime monthly pension of twenty thousand pesos (P20,000.00) with several incentives and special privileges.

Among the benefits already received by the 44 SAF troopers from the NAPOLCOM were one-rank posthumous promotion, gratuity and pension for their families, and NAPOLCOM scholarship grant for their children.

NAPOLCOM denies reinstatement for sale claims

February 1, 2017

National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao categorically denies the existence of an alleged reinstatement for sale within the Commission as claimed by Dante Jimenez of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption.

Based on our records from 2003 to October 31, 2013, the NAPOLCOM rendered decisions on administrative cases filed against 143 members of the Philippine National Police (PNP), 98 of whom were meted the penalty of dismissal from the police service.

“However, NAPOLCOM or Regional Appellate Board decisions dismissing a PNP member from the service are not final, though executory, since they are appealable to the Secretary of the Interior and Local Government or Civil Service Commission as the case may be. Decisions may be further appealed to the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court,” Atty. Casurao said.

Records from 1993 to 2012 showed that the Secretary of the Interior and Local Government reversed the penalty of dismissal from the service imposed by the NAPOLCOM on 17 PNP respondents and ordered their reinstatement to the police service. 

Upon the assumption of the new set of Commissioners, they were able to dispose of 712 cases in just a span of ten months. Further, in order to expedite the disposition of summary dismissal cases against erring policemen, the present Commission has adopted the following measures: (1) Conduct of regular monthly      en banc deliberations instead of the usual practice of ad referendum deliberations; (2) adoption of new set of procedures which do away with trial-type proceedings and which merely mandate the submission of position papers; and (3) the upgrading of present positions and the creation of new positions to beef-up the manpower complement of the Commission

The NAPOLCOM encourages the public and media to come forward and provide any information regarding rotten eggs within the police force.

“The NAPOLCOM sees the gravity of the allegations and we at the Commission assure the people that we will not tolerate police officers whose despicable acts smear the image of the PNP,” Casurao said.

NAPOLCOM opens on-line scheduling for April 2017 PNP exams

January 25, 2017

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) today announced that the enhanced On-Line Examination Application Scheduling System (OLEASS) will be activated in the websites or on January 30 – February 3, 2017 for the police entrance exam, February 6 – 10, 2017 for the Police Officer (PO) exam and February 13 – 17, 2017 for the Senior Police Officer (SPO), Inspector (INSP) and Superintendent (SUPT) exams in time for the nationwide conduct of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Entrance and Promotional Examinations on April 23, 2017.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that the OLEASS shall be opened at 12:00 NN onwards on January 30 for the entrance exam, February 6 for the PO exam and February 13 for the SPO, INSP and SUPT exams. Acceptance of applications shall be on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis and, upon due notice, may be stopped even ahead of the deadline.

“The examination center where the applicant shall take the exam is automatically assigned by the computer system based on the home address or unit of assignment provided by the applicant,” Casurao said.

He also said that only applicants with a confirmed scheduled appointment with reference number shall be entertained. The period of filing of application is from February 27 – March 24, 2017.

The PNP Entrance Examination is open to all Filipino citizens who are not more than 30 years old, bachelor’s degree holder, and 1.57 meters (female) and 1.62 meters (male) in height.

Police Officers I (PO1) whose appointments are temporary for lack of appropriate eligibility are also required to take the PNP Entrance Examination.

On the other hand, the Promotional Examinations are open exclusively to all qualified uniformed members of the PNP who meet the minimum qualification standards for examination in terms of rank and eligibility.

Application forms and index cards can be obtained for free at any NAPOLCOM Regional Office nationwide. They may also be downloaded from

Civilian applicants must bring the printed letter-reply/corresponding reference number confirming the scheduled appointment;  two recent, identical and color 1”x1” ID pictures with white background and complete name tag (for PNP members, the name tag should indicate the rank before the name); one legal size window envelope with P17 worth of mailing stamp; transcript of scholastic record with Special Order issued by CHED and diploma; and birth certificate in security paper issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or Certified True Copy of the birth certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar and duly authenticated by the PSA. For a PO1 with temporary appointment, a certified true copy of Attested Appointment, Plantilla Appointment or Special Order is also required for submission.

Applicants for the Promotional Examinations should submit the first three requirements mentioned above; a certified true copy of Attested Appointment, Plantilla Appointment or PNP Absorption Order; and a Report of Rating/Certification issued by the NAPOLCOM Central Office, CSC Certificate of Eligibility and/or PRC Board Certificate.

Casurao pointed out that only duly accomplished application forms with all the required documents filed personally and received by the NAPOLCOM Regional Office on or before the deadline for filing shall be accepted. Applications received through postal mail shall not be processed.

Applicants who failed in these examinations and decided to apply again for the same test category in the same exam center shall submit only the Admission Slip of the last exam applied for; fill out a new application form and index card with ID pictures; and pay the examination fee.

Examination fee is P400 for the PNP Entrance and Police Officer Examinations; P450 for Senior Police Officer Examination; P500 for Police Inspector Examination; and P600 for Police Superintendent Examination.

20.05% pass promotional tests for cops

January 11, 2017

A total of 240 or 20.05% of the 1,197 police examinees passed the Philippine National Police (PNP) promotional examinations for Inspector and Superintendent categories conducted nationwide by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) last October 16, 2016.

This was announced by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao as the Commission released the list of successful examinees in the Inspector and Superintendent examinations.

The passing percentage rate for the Inspector Exam is 15.59% (157 of 1,007 examinees) while for the Superintendent Exam is 43.68% (83 of 190 examinees).

Vice-Chairman Casurao said that the low passing rate in both exam categories may be attributed to the Commission’s continuous upgrading of standards on its police examinations in line with its sustained effort to professionalize the PNP by ensuring that only the most qualified PNP personnel are promoted in the police service.

The list of successful examinees is now posted at the 7th Floor, NAPOLCOM Central Office located at the DILG-NAPOLCOM Center, NAPOLCOM Bldg., EDSA Corner Quezon Avenue, West Triangle, Quezon City and in all 18 NAPOLCOM Regional Offices, and can be viewed at the NAPOLCOM website at

Individual report of rating will be mailed to all examinees. Verification of test results is being entertained at the NAPOLCOM central office and its regional offices nationwide.

The Commission earlier released on December 27, 2016 the list of successful examinees in the PNP Entrance and Promotional Examinations (Police Officer and Senior Police Officer categories).



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