On Monday, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar ordered the conduct of immediate dismissal proceedings against the non-uniformed personnel who turned out to be an Abu Sayyaf Group finance and logistical liaison officer.
Eleazar ordered the Internal Affairs Service to expedite Masckur Adoh Patarasa’s summary dismissal proceedings from the Banguingui Municipal Police Station in Sulu.
On July 30, Patarasa was apprehended in a raid for seven counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention.
During the Marawi siege in 2017, he was also subject to a martial law arrest warrant.
“Inatasan ko ang IAS na madaliin ang summary dismissal proceedings upang agad na matanggal bilang NUP si Patarasa habang hinaharap sa korte ang patong-patong na kaso laban sa kanya,” Eleazar said in a statement.
Eleazar added that more inquiry is being carried out to see whether there are any other PNP officers linked to the Abu Sayyaf.
“Hindi malayo ang posibilidad na may iba pa siyang kasama kaya dito nakatutok ang ating follow-up investigation. Kasabay nito, aalamin din natin kung ano-ano ang mga kasong kinasangkutan nila,” Eleazar said.
Patarasa has been a member of the Abu Sayaff Group since 2001, according to Eleazar.
“Atin din aalamin kung paano nakapasok sa PNP itong si Patarasa na sangkatutak pala ang mga arrest warrants at kasong kinakaharap kaugnay ng kanyang pagiging miyembro ng Abu Sayyaf,” Eleazar said.
Eleazar emphasized the significance of purifying police ranks from the beginning or throughout the recruitment process, citing Patarasa’s example.
“Isa ito sa mga dahilan kung bakit sinasala nating mabuti ngayon ang mga pumapasok sa PNP, mapa-pulis o civilian employee,” he said.