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President Aquino should look around more closely. Every day, crimes are being reported and criminals are on the lose. It is as if nobody is in charge. Gone are the day when the Philippine National Police chief was hands-on in trying to solve criminality in our country. These days, crimes are addressed by letting the PNP spokesperson face the cameras.
With unusual speed, the Philippine National Police has concluded that the deaths of the Ozamiz Gang leader and his henchman last week were probably the result of a “rubout.” PNP Director General Alan Purisima said administrative charges have been filed against 14 policemen implicated in the extrajudicial killings, including a superintendent.
The Philippine National Police is currently laboring under a bad image, no thanks to a number of its officers and men who have managed to make the word “cop” seem synonymous to crime.
Allow me to clarify a news report with the head “PNP is fried chicken; PMA is crispy pata” (News, 7/9/13).
Philippine National Police’s Director General Alan Purisima, when asked by reporters whether the shooting that occurred in Atimonan, Quezon, was a rubout or shootout, replied: “What rubout? The leader of the PNP team was injured and critically wounded in that incident. They (the casualties) were the ones who fired at the policemen and soldiers manning the checkpoint!”
Apparently, for the good director general, when an encounter between bad elements and policemen happens and a policeman is injured critically, there’s no way the incident could be a summary execution.
The number seemed odd, as if someone had arbitrarily made it up. But according to Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, the Philippine National Police needs 60,000 new policemen to meet its goals.
By Rogelio A. Pureza
The State shall establish and maintain one police force, which shall be national in scope and civilian in character, to be administered and controlled by a national police commission….
Cops should beware of doing kotong (extortion). Their next victim might be related to their boss—a lesson for policemen from the incident involving a kotong police official who victimized the son of Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina.
By Rigoberto Tiglao
What the late Secretary Jesse Robredo could not accomplish in life in the past two years, he did through his death: the removal of Undersecretary Rico E. Puno from the Department of the Interior and Local Government, and the end of the latter’s hold over the Philippine National Police.
How do you solve a problem like Rico E. Puno? The senior undersecretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, a close personal friend of President Aquino’s, gained national notoriety barely two months into the new administration’s term when it became known during the unfortunate Luneta hostage crisis in August 2010 that he had been given control of the Philippine National Police—an unusual arrangement that effectively halved the scope of responsibilities of the new DILG head, the highly regarded reform-oriented Magsaysay awardee, Jesse Robredo.
By Neal H. Cruz
We hope, the elections in 2013 and others that will follow later, will be clean. No more massive cheating that characterized the elections during the GMA administration. This was what Sen. Koko Pimentel, chairman of the Senate committee on electoral reforms, expressed at the Kapihan sa Manila at the Diamond Hotel last Monday. Pimentel himself [...]
By Patricia Evangelista
Several important events have occurred in the last few days. Eid Kabalu confirmed his resignation from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. A storm named Falcon demonstrated its respect for democracy, and ripped through the New Manila home of coconut king Danding Cojuangco. Manila shared its celebration with the rest of Metro Manila’s colleges with the [...]