Friday, July 01, 2016

Review of the PNoy Presidency and Hopes on Duterte's

Six years ago, I wrote this article, Hopes of Pulis na Pogi Under the P-Noy Presidency (click here to read the full article).  Today, one day after PNoy left the office, I am reprinting it in full and reexamine what happened to those hopes.

So P-Noy is taking over on Wednesday. I really hope that he shall be the change that he promised to be. As a cop, I really pray for a lot of changes but the foremost that I hope for is the end of the palakasan and bata bata system in positioning. I do recognize that the PNP will never be immune from political forces but I hope that it simply comes to play as a tie breaker. Merit and fitness should be the first and foremost consideration. Only if the candidates are all qualified that political consideration can come into play.

IN THIS SECTION, PNOY IS AN UTTER FAILURE SPECIFICALLY ON HIS CHOICE OF PURISIMA.  I ALREADY WROTE SEVERAL ARTICLES ABOUT THIS AND I NEED NOT BELABOR THE POINT FURTHER.  PNOY'S ONLY SAVING GRACE IS HIS LAST CHOICE AT MARQUEZ WHOM HE CHOSE OVER GARBO. 

For the policeman, the basic order is “Let us run after criminals and put them behind bars. If they fight us, we fight and fire back!” With this basic order, I hope that at the very minimum, P-Noy would consider that this statement is not all figurative: especially for police leaders sporting stars on their shoulders, once in their police lives they should have experienced doing this order literally. And as leaders who are expected to lead their men by example, they should still be able to perform this order literally if needed. Consider the following:

1. To literally run after criminals, policemen should be physically fit. So P-Noy should retire those invalid and sickly generals who cannot run anymore. At the very least, they should not be given command positions because they are bad examples to their men in terms of caring for one’s self.

IN THIS ONE, PNOY NOT ONLY FAILED IN PURISIMA.  PURISIMA ACTUALLY FAILED IN HIMSELF SO FOR HIM TO PASS, HE REMOVED THE STANDARD WHICH IS THE PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST.

2. To literally put criminals behind bars, policemen should know how to patrol and pound their beats. Likewise, policemen should also know how to investigate and sit in the prosecution’s witness chair and present these evidences in court. Thus, P-Noy should fire those generals who have not yet experienced being a prosecution witness in a criminal trial. Or they should be returned to the level where they will have the opportunity to experience this firsthand. Until then, I assure you that they do not know what they are talking about! There are so many of them.

ALL THE CPNPs THAT PNOY CHOSE IGNORED THIS ONE, MAYBE BECAUSE ALL OF THEM CAME FROM NON-POLICE BACKGROUND IN THEIR JUNIOR YEARS.  I DOUBT IF ANY OF THEM ACTUALLY EXPERIENCED TESTIFYING IN COURT THUS THEY UNDERSTANDABLY CANNOT RELATE TO THIS SUGGESTION.

3. To fire back, policemen must be adept in handling their firearms. However, current statistics show that 90% of policemen do not know how to shoot straight. And this is supported by statistics from the national headquarters. There are a lot of generals among these incompetent shooters! So to jump start things, P-Noy should revert these generals to PO1 status! For how dare you to command “Fire!” when you yourself do not know how to do it properly?

I HAVE SEVERAL ARTICLES ABOUT THIS AND I DID NOT SEE THIS BECOME A CENTERPIECE PROGRAM OF ANY OF THEM.  THE CLOSEST CPNP IN DOING THIS WAS BARTOLOME BUT NOT BECAUSE OF ANYTHING BUT BECAUSE HIS BROTHER ELS BARTOLOME MADE THE CHIEF PNP CUPS HIS PERSONAL FUND RASING ACTIVITY.

Many of these generals will say that being a police general, they need not perform all these things themselves. The basic order is not supposed to be literal but a figurative statement. My retort is short and sweet: In that case, be an artista!

IN THIS ASCPECT, I AM HOPING FOR A TRUE LEADERSHIP BY EXAMPLE OF THE CHIEF PNP.  HOWEVER, I HAVE NOT SEEN A COMPLETE PACKAGE RISE TO THE TOP. 

More on the other wishes of Pulis na Pogi on the next posts. Abangan!

POSTSCRIPT:

I AM POSING THESE VERY SAME HOPES IN THE DUTERTE ADMINISTRATION WITH GENERAL DELA ROSA LEADING THE WAY FOR THE SEVERAL EXPECTED CHIEFS OF THE PNP.  

Good luck sa ating lahat!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Special Traffic Courts: One Key to a Disciplined Society

Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte had won on a platform centering on peace and order.  In many of the programs that he had stated, the common denominator is DISCIPLINE.  This early however, there are already those who are voicing contrary opinions:  the call center people questioning the after-midnight liquor ban, the smokers the smoking ban, and the Bumbays the ban on 5-6!  I have my opinions on these matters but let me start with a suggestion that I believe is one of the basic building blocks of an orderly society:  Traffic Courts.

In two articles last year, I pointed out that traffic is one of the manifestations of our culture of palusot.  This is because very few people really feel the burden of penalty in violating the law because traffic cases are treated the same as the other cases in our already overloaded courts.  They take years to resolve!  Coupled with uneducated drivers who obtain a driver’s license without passing through the correct process especially the driver’s education, the result is chaos in our streets where these ignorant drivers insist they are right even though they are very wrong.  They actually thought they were right because of ignorance of the basic rules.  They are ignorant of the basic rules because they did not pass through the correct process of obtaining a drivers license and simply BRIBED their way through the LTO!  Here is a couple of illustrations based on my personal experiences:



How many times did you find yourself in the situation of the yellow car where you had already crossed the inner lane while turning left but the cars in the outer lanes just continued along blocking you—including those cars who were so far from the intersection just like the red car?  Once, I nearly went into a fight with the “red car” because I insisted on going ahead because he was so far out and even though he ACCELERATED, I was still able to complete the turn albeit a near collision resulted.  In this case, galit pa ang driver ng pulang kotse!

In this second scenario, how may times did you witness a motorbike overtaking on the right, squeezing himself between the gutter and the car on the outer lane and in the process hitting a left turning car head on?  I had seen several of these and in many instances, the motorbike rider is even the one getting angry!  Such assholes!

These are two of the common illustrations that underpin the importance of the traffic courts.  In many instances, these incidents are resolved by who has the more menacing voice, the more belligerent tone, or on the more extreme cases the higher caliber of gun!  This does not bode well for order that Duterte promises.  What we need right now is a court that will dispatch of traffic cases referred to it and mete out penalties immediately if only to educate the drivers involved.  If the LTO fails to educate the drivers because of corrupt practices, then let these drivers learn the rules the hard way—through punishment in a judicial decision!


Or do we need the DDS solution?

Saturday, April 09, 2016

THE GENERAL OF PRAYBEYT BENJAMIN

 Now that the shit hit the fan, Alex Tagum is left standing on his own—all alone. 

I am seething with rage upon reading the article today in Inquirer with title “PNP Chief:  Order was to clear the highway.”  This was the Chief PNP echoing the palusot of the Regional Director, General Noel Armilla  (General at hindi Chief Superintendent kasi hindi sya pulis!  Bwisit!) who admitted giving the order TO CLEAR THE HIGHWAY but added that “THE DECISION TO DISPERSE THE PROTESTERS WAS “TAGUM’S AND TAGUM’S ALONE.”

Here is now the challenge for General Armilla:  Show us your method of clearing the highway without dispersing the protesters.  I would love to place him in the shoes of the cops being beaten by the protesters and his SCHOOLMATES forming the CDM contingent.  Hindi kaya mas malaking massacre and nangyari pag nagkataon?


 The Kidapawan incident is clearly a failure of leadership at the regional level.  In plain and simple language:  it is the fault of Armilla for failing to take control of the situation.  Here are the reasons why:

1.      The protest is already three days old and the number of protesters is estimated at around 6,000.  Happening in Cotabato, being an NPA infested area, it is then not far-fetched to assume that the protesters are already infiltrated by the leftists, whose objective is naturally to provoke violence. 

2.      Now, Cotabato PPO, by my estimates will not have more than 1500 personnel province-wide.  From this number, I estimate that Kidapawan CPS will have no more than a hundred men.  And the PPSC of Cotabato will be lucky if it has more than 200. From these figures, it is obvious that the requirement to form a credible CDM contingent to face the 6,000 strong protesters is beyond the capability of Cotabato PPO.  Armilla should have seen this if he is a TUNAY NA PULIS and mustered personnel from other provinces and if necessary, from other regions, to ensure that the CDM contingent has enough manpower to maintain control of the situation.  Kaso hindi nga sya pulis e kaya hindi nya nasubukan mag CDM.  Ang nasubukan nya ay ang trabahong “ALWAYS OUTNUMBERED, BUT NEVER OUTFOUGHT!”  Ayun, ibinigay nya ang order to clear the highway even without asking if the unit has the capability to carry out his order.  Akala nya kasi musang ang kailangan…


PC Rangers

(Click on the image to get the whole picture and go to the page!) 

3.      Tama si Chief PNP when he asked his Generals in the last Command Conference in Davao:  “Gentlemen, is there anyone of you here who had seen an INTELLIGENCE COLLECTION PLAN?”  Clear as day, General Armilla did not have one.  I doubt if he had ever seen one in his life.

4.      And he has the gall to blame “Tagum and Tagum alone?”  Ok yan General kung ang parating mo bilang RD ay ibinigay mo rin kay “Tagum, and Tagum alone.”

Hindi pulis ang General na ito.  And in fairness, hindi rin ito military gaya ng AFP.

Siya ang General ni Praybeyt Benjamin…

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Postcritpt:  Watch the drone video here which is the uncut version of the events.  Tagum and the rest of the policemen in Cotabato should be commended instead of condemned.  They fought not unlike the 300 led by Leonidas against the army of Xerxes.  To those who had watched the movie, I think you know who Xerxes is in the Kidapawan incident!  (Hint:  Bakla!)




Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Atty Claire, eto na naman ang mga taga WCPS-MPD!


Atty Castro, magsusumbong lang ako kasi eto na naman ang mga walang alam na mga pulis ng WCPS-MPD.  Eto ang buong news article sa Philippine Daily Inquirer.  Please click on any of these links to read it in full but here is the summary:

1.     The suspect is a public utility van driver and the victim is his 17-year old passenger who is a student of PLM.

2.     According to the victim, she boarded the suspect’s van around 6:30 a.m. Saturday, (October 3).

3.     While seated beside him, the suspect molested her by mashing her breasts using false pretenses.

4.     Not contented, the suspect continued to call and text her over the weekend insisting that they see each other again.  This prompted her and her mother to file a complaint at the WCPS-MPD.

5.     Because of this complaint, WCPS-MPD again went back to their old ways of arresting people without a warrant!  They arrested the suspect on Monday afternoon (October 5) when he showed up in front of PLM to pick up the victim.

6.     Up to this time, the suspect is still under detention!

Atty Castro, banat na.  Magwala ka na naman gaya ng dati.  Kawawa nga naman ang driver na biniktima na naman ng mga pulis na ito ng WCPS-MPD, di ba?  Tingnan mo nga naman ang mga circumstances na ito:

1.     Walang warrant na naman kaya illegal ang arresto di ba?  Mantakin mo, Sabado pa ng umaga ang krimen e Lunes na ng hapon inaresto.  Mahigit 48 hours na di ba?

2.     Tapos ano ba ang ginagawa na krimen nung driver nung inaresto sya?  Di ba sa loob lang sya ng van at nag dadrive?  Ano ba ang pinagkaiba nun sa nagmamall?  Krimen na ba ang pag dadrive ng van ngayon?

Let’s go Atty Castro!  Magwala ka na uli sa WCPS-MPD at hatakin mo palabas ang kaawa awang driver na yun na inaresto na naman ng mga taga WCPS-MPD.  Hindi na talaga sila natuto sa iyo.  Hindi rin yata sila tinuruan ng katinuan ni Atty Wagas!

Banat na at nanunuod kami sa gagawin mo!


PS:  Isama mo na rin ang mga die-hard fans mo na mga abogado na tumatambay sa Facebook group na “Police Matters in Law” para masaya!

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

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Paano kung ikaw ito?

The title says it all but I made this article to stress (again for the nth time) something that needs repeating again and again because it continues to happen.  I have touched on this issue in a recent post but I would like to focus this article specifically on our fallen comrades in arms.

Having said that, I would like to ask you:  What is wrong in these pictures?













There are several wrongs in these pictures.  The first one is that a policeman is dead and that in itself is a very big wrong.  Somebody has to pay.  But the even bigger wrong is that the comrades of these policemen—the first responders—did not give them the benefit of the doubt of their chances of fighting back against death, or at the very least, the dignity to be grieved upon by their loved ones in the privacy of a hospital or even a morgue.  They were declared dead on the spot by the first responders and instead of calling for an ambulance or bringing the fallen cop to the hospital themselves, the first responders called for the SOCO and the funeral parlor ambulance.  This is ridiculous because only a doctor has the competence to declare someone dead!  Ang isa ay tinakpan pa ng dahon ng saging lang!  Saan naman ang respeto at malasakit dyan mga kapatid?

Have they read the story of Jim Brady?  He was the Press Secretary of Ronald Reagan who was injured during the assassination attempt on Reagan in 1981, more than 30 years ago!  Half of his brains were blown off yet he survived because the Secret Service brought him to the correct hospital!  And it was 30 years ago.  Ano na kaya ang magagawa ng mga ospital natin ngayon?




Here are pictures of several other people who would have been given up for dead by our PNP first responders:








Regulations actually mandate that first responders should immediately cause the evacuation of injured people to the hospital.  The Rule 18, Section 1, Item b of the PNP POP (2010 Edition) states:



But more than the regulations, when a PNP member is the one injured, this is what I always emphasize:  unless he is headless or decomposing, bring him to a hospital and let the doctors pronounce him dead.  This is because we are accomplishing two things when we do this:  first, were are giving him the benefit of the doubt for his fighting chance and second, even if he turns out to be dead in the first place, at the very least, we had given him the dignity to be grieved upon by his family in a hospital or a private place and not on the streets…

Because again I will ask you:  What if this happens to you?  Would you prefer to be those guys above or this guy below:





PS.  Give me your opposing ideas but please never mind mentioning as argument the need for the SOCO to gather evidence including the body because it is just bull.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Kababawan, Kinubabawan, Kalibugan

First it was Lea Salonga who voiced out her opinion about us Filipinos.  She said:




ALDUB fans immediately reacted, though they were not mentioned explicitly by Lea.  Teka, di ba parang  may kasabihan tayo na “Mukhang guilty?”  I think that was exactly what it was.  Naturally, Lea evaded the issue altogether.  She must have been telling the truth that her tweet was not about ALDUB—or she immediately saw the futility of arousing higher ambitions in the 26 million-strong ALDUB Nation whose de facto President is Joey de Leon.  How could you argue with someone whose line of reasoning is like this?


Kababawan?



Next to point out our kababawan was National Artist F Sionil Jose.  While technically Jose had been at it since time immemorial in ranting about the negative traits of the Filipinos, he once again hammered it home when he spoke at the special screening of the movie Heneral Luna in Glorrieta on September 26, 2015.  In his exact words, “we are sobra nang yabang.  Mayabang na mayabang ang Pinoy.  Number two, as if corollary to that, we are very shallow.”  While many criticized Jose for the sweeping generalization, only a few can actually argue with the fact that the observation came from a very old man who can definitely say “been there, done that” with authority.  E talaga naman muntik nang langawin sa takilya si Hereal Luna a.  And very tellingly, maraming estudyante ang hindi alam kung bakit nakaupo lang si Apolinario Mabini sa buong pelikula!


Anong sabi ni Jose Rizal?  Ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan ay sobrang nakatingin sa tuwid na daan?  Hahahaha!

As for a blogger like me, what argument can I better proffer than present statistics from the blogging community?  In topblogs.ph, I registered this blog in the Government and Politics category and I usually maintain a Top 5 standings.  The top blog in this category is HRONLINE.com, a human rights portal.  But if you click the “Show all,” HRONLINE suddenly plummets to 100+ rankings with the top 10 dominated by blogs dealing in matters that I cannot identify with.  Not that I think that I see lifestyle, travel, and leisure issues as inferior to politics but that the ranking of a human rights watch blog landing outside of the Top 100 is a bit surprising in a country that prides itself as one of the freest in the world.




The suddenly last week, we were shocked by these videos of young ladies dancing in an LP gathering:

Kinubabawan

Make no mistake about it:  I am not against the dance routine of these ladies and their job in general as I believe that it is a clean way of earning a living.  It was the ones who invited them that I would like to put to task because of their failure to see the inappropriateness of the dance routine to the event.  But that event is not the first nor will be the last actually:


It would have been a non-issue if it was a private party shielded from the general public but with it landing on the papers because of the INVITED media?  No matter how they make their palusot that it was a private birthday party and not an LP event, we the ordinary people know better—which should be the OTHER WAY AROUND.  Well, just like everything else in kalibugan!

Tuwad na Daan

And this is the party that wants us to believe that we had been treading the straight path in the previous six years and would like to continue leading us in the next six?




Ever wondered why 100 million na tayo ngayon?

Hahahaha!