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Friday, July 8, 2016

NAPOLCOM-9 urged to review police functions, administration

By Gideon C. Corgue

PAGADIAN CITY – Zamboanga del Sur Governor Antonio H. Cerilles encouraged the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) to review all matters involving police functions and administration.

In a regional consultation and dialogue with stakeholders held recently at the Zamboanga del Sur Police Provincial Office (ZSPPO) at Camp Abelon, Cerilles observed that some of the police personnel were not effective and efficient in their law enforcement operations from regional, provincial to municipal command due to lack of logistics.
“How can PNP personnel arrest criminal suspects if their vehicles have no gasoline and tires?” Cerilles asked. “Some also of the PNP applicants  were asked to pay 30,000-50,000 to qualify them to join the police service. From the beginning the applicant is already corrupted,” he added.

He said there are also policemen involved in illegal activities such as kidnapping, extortion, cybersex, and other crimes. “With this kind of scenario, how can the civilians trust our policemen?” he added.

Cerilles said the reason why he sponsored the PNP law is to address the fundamental problems that beset the police structure and to make the PNP a truly professionalized and dedicated police force.

The governor said it is not the capability of Congress to review these things except the NAPOLCOM which was created by law to do the work of reviewing everything.

Accordingly, the NAPOLCOM is an institution  that exercises administrative control over the PNP. “It is their duty and responsibility to create reform from the beginning to end,” he added.

There is an urgent need for the NAPOLCOM to establish reward system for the PNP to appraise their efficiency and effectiveness.

“I believe that something has to be done with our policemen to include their promotion, for them to become efficient and effective in the performance of  their duties and responsibilities,” Cerilles urged.