January 28, 2017
Bam to PNP, DOJ: Join forces in fight against rogue cops
Sen. Bam Aquino urged the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to work together to get rid of rogue policemen who put the law enforcement agency in bad light.
Sen. Bam said the PNP should not just relieve erring policemen from their posts but dismiss them from service while the DOJ must actively pursue criminal cases filed against them.
The senator believes this two-pronged approach will help instill fear among scalawags to stop their illegal activities and restore the public's confidence in the organization.
"Iyong paghahain ng criminal case ang kailangang bantayan. May kayang gawin ang PNP pero dapat umaksiyon din ang Justice Department at iba pang kasamang agency para makasuhan sa korte criminally ang isang pulis," Sen. Bam said in a radio interview.
"Palagay ko iyon ang hinahanap ng tao, na hindi lang administrative o na-shuffle kundi masampahan sila ng kasong kriminal," he added.
Sen. Bam also renewed his call to the PNP to weed out from their ranks bad elements who capitalize on the government's intensified war against illegal drugs for their personal gains.
"The controls need to be stronger. Inamin naman ng PNP na ang paglilinis is now a bigger priority dahil nakikita nila na may magsasamantala sa nangyayaring giyera kontra droga," Sen. Bam said.
"Kailangan nating ibalik ang tiwala ng tao sa PNP. Siguraduhin natin na wala nang mangyayari pang ganito at tiyakin na ang mga taong gumawa ng masama ay makulong at managot," the lawmaker added.
As a means to eradicate bad elements in the PNP, Sen. Bam said he has filed a measure that will strengthen the Internal Affairs Service (IAS) of the PNP.
Sen. Bam said Senate Bill No. 1285 or the PNP Internal Affairs Service Modernization Act will help instill better discipline and performance among policemen as they spearhead the fight against widespread proliferation of illegal drugs and other crimes.
"It is of utmost importance to ensure that all members of the PNP Police clamp down on crime and corruption while fully abiding by the law," Sen. Bam said.
The bill was endorsed by the IAS and was subsequently filed by Sen. Aquino to help the PNP's efforts to get rid of bad eggs in the organization.
The measure strengthens the Internal Affairs Service (IAS) of the Philippine National Police (PNP), with provisions for autonomy and independence in its administration and operations.
It mandates an IAS organization to instill discipline and enhance the performance of personnel and units of the Philippine National Police at all levels of its command.
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