Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales and her team has done what President Aquino could not, but should have—suspend Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima along with a number of other top PNP officials, to clear the way for the investigation of corruption charges lodged against them. All this time, Purisima had seemed immovable in his post simply because of his closeness to the President, even as serious issues serve to question his conduct in office, from accepting unethical donations from big-ticket companies with business ties to the PNP to amassing properties that apparently were not reflected in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth.
On the surface, it may look nice that an additional 3,000 police officers will be added to the Philippine National Police. But what does it mean really when the system is corrupt? Adding more people to a corrupt system will just spawn more corruption.
By MANUEL F. ALMARIO
The “criminalization” of the Philippine National Police—hopefully not totally but enough to alarm our society—should oblige us to revisit the system of having only “one police force, national in scope,” as ordained by our 1987 Constitution.
Finally appearing before the Senate committee on peace and order Tuesday after having previously snubbed its summons, Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima admitted the widespread corruption in the PNP, said he was “ashamed” of this state of affairs, and vowed to correct the situation regardless of who’s involved: “Hinding-hindi po ako papayag na magkakaganun. Hindi na uubra ang mag modus operandi nila, ‘yan ang pinatigil ko at patuloy kong babantayan kahit sino man ang tamaan.”
The recommendation of the Department of Medicine of the Philippine National Police General Hospital to move Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile to a better facility is based on its doctors’ admission that the hospital does not have the needed medical equipment in case the senator would require emergency care.