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TO get rid of the so-called hoodlums-in-uniform, the Philippine National Police-Internal Affairs Service should be placed under the supervision of the Office of the President.
Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles made this proposal as he condemned policemen who opt to use their ranks to advance their personal interests and abuse people.
Nograles said that the PNP is ineffective in the campaign to cleanse the police of scalawags and misfits because of the prevailing culture of brotherhood among policemen.
The “mistah system” still prevails in the PNP, he lamented.
“Honestly, I can’t fault them for this culture of brotherhood because you really cannot remove this bond especially because they went through the same hardships during training. Right or wrong, they tend to protect each other lest they want to be ostracized,” Nograles said.
“The only way to remove the possibility of collusion and cover-up among our policemen is to detach the IAS from the PNP’s chain-of-command and make them directly answerable only to the president as part of the campaign to fight graft and corruption,” he added.
Citing reports, Nograles said the incidence of police officers and members involved in crimes and illegal activities is rising.
“We have to act fast before all of our policemen are infected by the virus of corruption and abuse. We have to toughen our campaign against rogue policemen,” he said.
The solon likewise proposed the amendments of the recruitment process in the PNP because the pattern of abuse in the police service may also have something to do with the recruitment and training of new policemen.
“There seems to be a prevailing perception that cops can get rich so quickly and that attracts so many recruits who even resort to cheating just to be able to become a cop,” Nograles said citing the April 2011 PNP entrance examination where at least 387 passers were discovered to have cheated, possibly through leakage.
“These cheats should be permanently barred from entering the police service instead of simply issuing a temporary ban. As far as I’m concerned, they have lost their right to be part of any law enforcement agency or any public office or employment for that matter,” Nograles said. Jester Manalastas
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