Friday, March 27, 2009

Manila cops criticize MPD memo on uniform

Manila cops criticize MPD memo on uniform

By Jeannette Andrade
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:45:00 03/24/2009

Filed Under: Local authorities, Police

MANILA, Philippines – Members of the Manila Police District have criticized what they described as attempts by officials to “militarize” their ranks by requiring them to wear camouflage uniforms during official inspections.

The Manila’s Finest Brotherhood Inc. (MFBI), composed mostly of policemen from the MPD, said the directive was in violation of the Constitution, which states that the Philippine National Police must remain civilian in character.

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My take:

MFBI has a point here but they are using the wrong arguments. The focus of the protest should center on the introduction of yet another new unifom without the proper technical basis. The new uniform is obviously a result of another general going to bed with yet another supplier and is again payback time.

Questions to the immaculate generals:

1. Will the new uniform make policemen snappier?
2. What is the difference between blue and green in urban settings? Why is the old non-functional and stupid camo-blue now being replaced by an equally stupid and non-functional camo-green?

But MPD people should stop thinking like civilians. It makes them look as equally stupid as the generals they criticize. In 90% of the world, while policemen are technically civilians, in the strictest terms, they are part of a very regimented military-like organization. When a person joins the force, he voluntarily gives up a lot of his civil rights, among which is his right to wear the clothes he like.

The uniform is made for a basic purpose: tactics. It should not be changed on a whim just because MJ went to bed with Spiderman!

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