Friday, December 16, 2011

The Undoing of PNoy

First, in the interest of transparency:

I should be among the last people to make this article for several reasons: While I am not exactly the biggest PNoy fan right at the very start, I would like to believe that I have friends and acquaintances in his inner circle. I am occupying a good position now and I am happy with my career. I have friends and former bosses now occupying the highest posts in this administration. I have direct contacts with the right persons who can help me further accelerate my advancement in the PNP totem pole. But despite all this home court advantage, still, I am making this article. This is for me, just to vent the disgust that I feel. But if PNoy’s people still care, then they can read this and use this as a barometer because I believe that I reflect the opinion of not a few from the middle. Having said those, let me get it on with this article then.

There are a lot of actuations that PNoy exhibited in the past that shows his unfitness for the presidency, but this latest tiff with the Supreme Court is the worst and will prove to be his undoing. Because of this, he may not finish his six-year term. If he does not change course, the people will remove him, most probably through the military in another coup-de-etat.

I kept my peace when he covered up and simply brushed off the boo-boos of his people, including the international faux-pas of his closest of aides like the Vietnam-has-no good-looking-men stupidity of Mislang. I kept my peace when he exhibited extreme arrogance to top-level government professionals like the PNP generals that he made to wait for hours for their oath taking because he is still playing PSP with Josh. I still kept my peace when he publicly scolded the military during their darkest grief after the slaughter of their comrades in Mindanao. And still, I kept my peace when he arrogantly delivered that in-your-face speech against Corona during that summit that his underling De Lima hosted and where Corona was invited as guest (That is extreme kabastusan in my book—the ultimate blindside.). But now I cannot keep my peace anymore. I have to speak out, otherwise I will go crazy.

The actions of PNoy of bullying the SC because he cannot have his own way is very much like a cop bullying the fiscals and judges because he cannot get his way in inquest and trials. PNoy has to be reminded that our government is designed so that power has checks and balances. The Constitution designed it to have three separate, distinct, and independent branches: the executive that he heads, the legislative, and the judiciary. Each branch should act as a check and balance of the others. Among others, the Executive can neutralize the legislative through its veto powers and the judiciary through its ultimate power to appoint its members. On the other hand, the legislature can check the president through its veto-override powers, the Commission on Appointments, and its power over the purse. The Judiciary can check the other two through its inherent personality as the ultimate arbiter on questions of law.

As of the moment, PNoy had already succeeded in making Congress his rubber stamp though Belmonte and Enrile. If he succeeds in subjugating the SC, Joker’s fear will come true: he will become a dictator—and he will be far far worse than Marcos. At least in Marcos, we have a person with emotional and psychological stability. As for PNoy, how can we not see through his tendencies? THAT phych report in Ateneo that surfaced during the campaign may have been successfully swept under the rug, but does it mean that he was already cured? His whole life is a testament of his instability: he cannot carry a meaningful relationship, he cannot hold a stable job, he has no real close circle of friends to speak of (yes, this is true!) except those people around him leeching on him and his family name, etcetera etcetera. I can go on and on in enumerating instances of his instability and all these adds to the bottom line: he is an unstable brat who failed to grow up.

And now he is about to become a dictator?

Survey shows that this is possible because he is still very popular. But even the most indifferent Juan dela Cruz will eventually see through the charade—the same charade that the Cojuangco-Lopa family controlled survey companies presented to the people that Villar was the closest rival of PNoy when in fact he never was. They did so to marginalize Erap, who was then the real threat. But as the saying goes, it is just a matter of time before all secrets come out. If it does happen, may God help PNoy.

PNoy should not delude himself because he knows that he is not really that popular anymore!

I will write a separate article about the impeachment next.

Friday, December 02, 2011

Scalawags and Bonus

I am a very busy cop so for quite a while, I was not able to post in my blog. I just usually vent my opinions in the comment section of the online edition of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

But the pronouncement of Chief PNP Bartolome really got me back into this blog. He said, “As a disciplinary policy, the release of the 13th month pay to PNP personnel with pending administrative and criminal cases is deferred,” PNP Director General Nicanor A. Bartolome said in a statement."

My simple retort to him in the comment section of PDI is:

as days go by, my expectations of drastic reforms in the pnp with gen bartolome as chief pnp diminishes. there is no change in the way the pnp is thinking and this is one example...

sir, for your information, if you are a good and hardworking policeman, in one way or another, you will encounter harassment in the form of trumped-up administrative or criminal cases. for what criminal will be happy if you put them to jail!

one perfect example of a policeman who had not encountered any admin or criminal case since his cadet days in the pma is general magtibay, the district director of mpd during the luneta hostage fiasco. can you now say that he had been a good officer? the first time that he was named respondent in an administrative case was in the luneta crisis (for command responsibility, a relatively light offense). what was his reaction? he went to the media and cried his heart out like a b!tch!

compare him to the daring policemen and women of the pnp and the afp. many of them are veterans of court cases. the bacoor policemen comes to mind immediately. i had blogged about them in my other blog. now, can you say that these policemen do not deserve bonus because they defended their station and killed col obillos in the process? general chief boss! baka di mo alam na ang pinakamagagaling na pulis ay yung mga beterano sa kaso kaso? or hindi ka talaga kasali sa mga magagaling na pulis.

TEKA, HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED PERSONALLY TESTIFYING IN A CRIMINAL TRIAL YET? WHAT CASE NUMBER? DEFENSE OR PROSECUTION?

now my point: pending case does not mean that you are guilty. that is enshrined in the constitution. use your head chief!

or nahawa ka na sa administrasyon ng benefactor mo na ipinagbawal na ang paggamit ng utak?

This summarizes my opinion of the matter. When you are a hardworking policeman, expect that together with the commendations and awards for exemplary works will be harassment cases from suspects and their families when you put them to jail. For influential suspects, they will even use their position to ensure that you never go far in investigating them. The Ted Failon vs QCPD case is a case in point. If you are an impartial and thinking observer, you will immediately know that Ted Failon is hiding something. I had extensively written about that before in this blog. Just to revisit: If indeed his wife committed suicide, then why: 1. Ted would clean up the crime scene and muddle the investigation; 2. why would he assign a lawyer to each of his househelp to monitor the interviews being done by cops; 3. why did he refuse a joint autopsy of the cadaver by the PNP, NBI, and his paid hack Dr. Fortun. At the end of the day, he successfully maneuvered that the policemen involved in the investigation, led by Supt Mabanag, were suspended on an administrative charge. The charge: Grave Misconduct by failing to inform him of his rights by failing to read the Miranda Warning. Can you believe that in the presence of all his lawyers, he was not apprised of his rights?

Can you now say that Supt Mabanag et al are bad cops that they do not deserve the bonus?

General sir, bossing, tsip, amo! Let PNOY be if he refuses to use his coconut. But be different naman. A lot of cops pinned their hopes on you. Prove that you deserve that confidence!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Political Patronage in the PNP

“To our personnel, stop seeking assistance from influential people in the PNP, instead, acknowledge your designated assignments and duties earnestly as you have pledged equality and righteousness as a police officer.”

Last week, the Chief, Philippine National Police, Director General Raul Bacalzo made this statement. He is discouraging PNP personnel from seeking political patronage in positions and promotions.

The CPNP is dreaming. I am sure that he himself reached his position because of political benefactors. He was not the best man in the PNP when the selection of the top cop came. Perfecto Palad was—but he did not have the backer that Bacalzo had. Samuel Pagdilao is the best man to replace him, but I am sure as hell that Pagdilao will not get it. He does not have the backing that Nicanor Bartolome has. Bacalzo became the Chief PNP because he just happened to be the guy who replaces Jesus Versoza every time the latter was relieved since their junior officer days in the PC/INP. And everybody knows who Versoza is: the guy na sumabit sa dalawang Puno. But I do not fault Bacalzo for that. That is called political savvy.

Even Jaime Milla of the DPRM cannot claim that he rose to the rank of Director without any political backing. His PDS will show that he is not exactly the best man in the PNP to hold the lofty position that he holds right now. He was the Regional Director of PRO 13 when the police station of Cantilan, Surigao del Sur was attacked by the NPA. This speaks of the kind of leadership he has as a senior field commander. Ironically, he was designated as Director for DIPO Eastern Mindanao during the 2010 Persidential Elections. His biggest gain to fame is that he is one of the insiders in the PSMBFI syndicate.

As of the moment, political patronage is a must for any PNP member who wants his career get somewhere. Partly, it is because of the culture of the Filipinos where blood is thicker than water and personal relations is a big factor in establishing trust, and partly, because of the law itself. Political patronage as a necessity in the PNP is almost explicitly enshrined in RA 6975. Section 51 titled “Powers the of Local Government Officials Over the PNP Units or Forces” clearly states:

“Governors and mayors shall be deputized as representatives of the Commission in their respective territorial jurisdiction. As such, the local executives shall discharge the following functions:
(a) Provincial Governor
1. Power to Choose the Provincial Director. – The provincial governor shall choose the provincial director from a list of three (3) eligible recommended by the PNP regional director.

(b) Other Powers. – In addition to the aforementioned powers, city and municipal mayors shall have the following authority over the PNP units in their respective jurisdictions:
1. Authority to choose the chief of police from a list of five (5) eligibles recommended by the provincial police director, preferably from the same province, city, or municipality.
2. Authority to recommend the transfer, reassignment, or detail of PNP members outside of their respective city or town residences; and
3. Authority to recommend, from a list of eligibles previously screened by the peace and order council, the appointment of new members of the PNP to be assigned to their respective cities or municipalities without which no such appointment shall be attested.

The law is very clear. You want to be a Provincial Director? You need to be chosen by the Governor from a list given to him by the Regional Director.

You want to be a Chief of Police? You need to be chosen by the Mayor from the list given to him by the Provincial Director.

You want to go against the mayor? He can recommend for your transfer, reassignment, or detail outside his city.

You want to be a cop in a certain city? You need to be chosen by the mayor from a list previously screened by the peace and order council.

At the ground level, the situation is even more magnified, and much blame can be squarely put in the shoulders of top PNP leadership, including Bacalzo himself. This is because the PNP is almost totally dependent on the LCEs for its daily operations. Almost all patrol cars in the municipalities were donated by the local government units. Those few that are organic PNP property are maintained by the LGUs because after the PNP turns over the vehicle to the end users, then that’s it—no more funds for maintenance. Besides, local mechanics don’t accept payments in Euros (the official currency of the PNP), do they?

And the biggest stranglehold of the LGUs to the local PNP unit is the most basic need of all patrol operations: gasoline. The PNP just let trickles reach the actual operating patrol units because most of the gasoline are either used in NHQ or converted to cash and stolen by the thieves in the Directorate for Logistics.

Even the Integrated Transformation Program is encouraging mendicancy. One of its major strategies is gathering support from other stakeholders which is just another term for begging.

If Bacalzo is really intent of professionalizing the PNP where its members simply do their jobs and do not seek for political patronage, he should start in the NHQ. Clean up the top echelon and let resources reach the end users. Then he can expect the rank and file to only consider one chain of command.

There is an admonition that says: “You do not bite the hand that feeds you.”

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Sheriff Abe Andres should be fired

Sheriff Abe Andres should be fired. This, after he refused to file charges against Mayor Sara Duterte.

Andres has a history of not knowing his job. In 2007 he was suspended for not doing his job properly. Now, he is still not doing his job properly.

Latest revelations show that there was a stay order issued by the judge that effectively stops him from carrying out the writ of demolition. In this case, Sara Duterte is right, although her resorting to violence was never and can never be justified—even though during the time of the now infamous “pananapak,” nobody was still aware of the stay order.

Be that as it may, Abe Andres is still mandated by law to file criminal and administrative cases against anybody who uses force to stop a lawful court order. It is part of his duties as sheriff. To understand his reluctance in filing the charges, as opposed to the seemingly ironic fervor, passion, and zeal that he displayed during the actual demolition just a few days ago, one has to understand the way sheriffs think.

In my personal experience, sheriffs rarely file cases or even just order the arrest of people, violently opposing the implementation of a court order. Based on my personal and first-hand knowledge, here are the reasons:

1. Most sheriffs are corrupt. They need to be bribed and paid by the plaintiffs before they implement a court order. This is not difficult to understand if you consider their monthly pay vis-à-vis their job description.

2. Before a sheriff implements a court order, he usually requests for police assistance (based on the orders of the judge). However, before police assistance is rendered, the “budget” is always settled first with the plaintiffs (The police actually expects this too!) “Budget” is usually P1,000 for each policeman, P5,000 to P50,000 to the chief of police, depending on the number of policemen he commits, and P500 to P800 for each demolition crew member. The lump sum is usually received by the sheriff days or weeks before the actual demolition. So it really needs no great stretch of the imagination to see how the sheriff makes money from this. (He asks a budget for 100 policemen but only requests for 50!)

3. In the first demolition attempt, if there are some glitches and for whatever reasons and the demolition does not push through, the budget is considered spent or “sunog” in their lingo. The sheriff just makes a report to the judge and even the flimsiest of reasons, like somebody is violently opposing it, is usually accepted without question by the judge. (In most probability, the sheriff shares part of the loot to the judge.) This is what the sheriffs look forward to because if the implementation fails, he only gives part of the “budget” to the personnel concerned. The “savings” is now added to the earlier cut he had.

Now you know why the success or failure of the demolition order is the least concern of the sheriff.

Putting into perspective the uncharacteristic eagerness of Sheriff Andres of immediately carrying out the demolition order despite the request of Mayor Duterte, in all probability, this is because he had already received the budget from the plaintiffs AND he is aware of the stay order. He needs to act fast and START the implementation. He knows that he will never finish it because of a lot of legal and political reasons, not the least of which is the request of Duterte and the stay order.

But because he had started implementing the order before it was halted by the thundering blows of the Mayora, the budget is now considered “sunog,” thus he needed a few days off to laugh all the way to the bank!

And he cannot file a case against the Mayora. First and foremost, he is a corrupt sheriff with lots of skeletons in his closet. So he does what he does best. He exploits to the hilt his role of the “kawawa,” “inapi,” and “takot.” This achieves a three-fold purpose: 1st, he hopes to keep his skeletons in the closet; 2nd, he does not make enemies with the Dutertes, and 3rd and most importantly, it further strengthens his position with the plaintiffs and justify the request for a higher budget in the next implementation.

He might even be expecting a “tip” from the plaintiffs, which he may call as “hazard pay!”

Whatever…he should be fired immediately if he continues to refuse to file charges against Mayor Duterte.

And that will be his last writ…

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Matuwid na Bonus

Today I got my midyear bonus. It was in a continuous forms check (CFC). While I am happy to have the bonus no matter how small it is, I cannot help but wonder: why is it that the bonus is in CFCs and not immediately deposited in the ATMs just like the regular pay?

The answer is simple: it is easier for people in the PNP Finance Service to steal Object Class 01 (Personnel Services) money if it is in check rather than deposited in bank accounts of policemen. In deposits, they have to deal with the auditing system of the banks which is very difficult to manipulate. Compare that if the money is in the checks. All the thieves in the finance department need to do is forge the signature of the person and lo and behold! They can now encash the check.

What checks are we talking about?

These are the checks of personnel who are not entitled to the midyear and yearend bonus (13th month pay). Personnel who were meted suspensions during the year (even just a 1-day suspension and you bonus goes pfffft!); AWOL, dropped from rolls, broken service, etc. There are a lot of other reasons for personnel to be denied their bonuses. Now, do you think the PNP does not print their checks? The PNP does because the basis of printing is the roster of personnel.

Matuwid na tseke! (Continuous di ba? Hehehe)

Saturday, May 07, 2011

PNOY, the Royal Wedding, and the Media

PNoy's wish for William and Kate: Privacy from media. My first reaction when I first heard this piece of shit delivered by Edwin Lamierda over ABS-CBN was sudden rage. Why can’t our president confine his stupidity in issues within the borders of our country? Why can he not save the Filipinos from further embarrassment by at least projecting a semblance of intelligence in this country known throughout the world as the biggest exporter of slaves, no thanks to his latest caper of immediately negotiating and entering into a lopsided memorandum of agreement with the Saudis after the latter imposed a ban on OFWs in Saudi after another do-gooder secretary stirred the proverbial hornets’ nest? (But this will be another story.)

In Lamierda’s words as quoted by ABS-CBN, Pnoy’s wish to the Royal Couple is “He hopes that the media can afford them some level of privacy in order for them to develop or to establish their wedding foundations.” The is the advice you get from a President who should not have been there in the first place because he had not prepared for it. This is the advice you get from a President who has Kris Aquino as the principal adviser.

When will our President grow up and show that he has the learning curve that we all hoped and prayed that he has before the elections? It was almost a year and he is not showing any.

Can he not understand that his view of the media is not shared by many politicians all over the world? While he tells the media to clean up their act by reporting on his accomplishments and not on his personal matters like his girlfriends, other personalities instead clean up their act first so that they will have no dirty laundry for the media to see in the first place.

Had he still not realized that if there is somebody, someone, or something that is most instrumental his ascent to the presidency, it is undoubtedly the media? He should stop thinking that the media glare is always bad and impose that stupidity on other people like the newly wedded William and Kate because for all he know, the two are light years away from him in finesse in dealing with the media.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Bullshit Squatters


This morning, 6:30 AM, April 28, 2011, I saw on ABS-CBN footages of the violence that erupted during the final eviction of squatters in Laperal Compound , Makati City after it was burned a few weeks back. Again, the rage in me against these squatters was aroused. These are the people who had forfeited their right to be members of this society. At the very minimum, they should be imprisoned in hard labor to at least make them pay up the back real estate taxes that for so long they failed to pay the government while enjoying the social services brought about by these taxes like the firetrucks that respond to them during the frequent fires that hit their illegally occupied squatters areas in the past. Obviously, I despise squatters nu?



I believe that squatters are the reason why this country is hard up in rising to the heights that it supposed to reach. Aside from reducing the elections in this country into a contest of who can give them food for a day, these squatters are also the epitome and illustration of the worst Filipino trait: “Lulusot kung pupwedeng makalusot.” Just like the jeepney and tricycle drivers that many of them are, they will only follow the rules if somebody enforces it upon them. Turn your eyes for a moment and they will be like mice left alone by the cat. In another analogy, in that timeless illustration of the bayanihan spirit where people carry a bahay kubo in their shoulders, these squatters are the ones who hang on to the trusses, further adding weight to the load instead of carrying it.



Squatters know that what they are doing is wrong. Looking at the sidewalks, they know that it is wrong to construct anything in it. But these very same criminals will ask for a court order once somebody attempts to demolish their houses. But did they care to get a building permit in the first place? These people will always interpret the law in their favor and you can see the politicians kowtowing to them because of the votes (for sale) that they supposedly command. Manila City and Quezon City politicians are the most notorious in this MO with many elections for the mayoralty race decided by the swing votes from the squatters area.


Do you see the Ombudsman building in the background?  It is where the squatters run to to file complaints against government officials involved in demolitions!  Hahaha!

I remember another episode also in ABS-CBN where one of the guests was QC District II Representative Winston Castelo. Castelo was insinuating that arson may be behind the several fires that happened in squatter areas because he noted that the owners appear to be ready to move in and reoccupy their lands by fencing it and posting guards after the fires. He further said that because of this, he is mulling of crafting a law prohibiting these acts by the land owners.

This style of Castelo is the “style na bulok” that is reflective of the mindset of many Quezon City and Metro Manila politicians. This is the very reason why Quezon City, specifically District II that Castelo represents, is the undisputed kingdom of squatters. Incidentally, District II QC hosts the House of Representatives. (I am wont to ask, could it be that this phenomenon is just a way of the area to keep up with the reality that the biggest kingdom of criminals, robbers, and squatters in this country is located in those four buildings inside the National Government Center Compound, Constitution Hills, Batasan Road, Quezon City? But that is another story.) Castelo wants to be popular with the squatters. But is it not that there is an existing law that prohibits constructions without the corresponding permits? Even fencing needs a permit. So why is it that the squatters can re build their illegal houses without any permits but the owners who have the required permit can’t?



Squatters are the real scums of the society. They are the textbook example of people who do not fight fair. Their reason “kapit sa patalim” just doesn’t cut it anymore (pun intended). Just look around the squatters area: many of those people there are only renters who pay to “owners” of the houses. Perfect example of professional squatters as defined in that stupid Lina Law. Even inside many big police camps, policemen themselves are paying rent to civilian "house owners" people who in the first place have no right to be there!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Unli-rice and Angelito Banayo

I just can’t resist the itch of commenting in non-police matters but this unli-rice issue created by NFA Administrator Angelito Banayo is something that I just can’t let pass.

For me, the statement of Banayo is more than just a simple error in policy. It reinforces the notion that this government of PNoy is totally disconnected with the general pulse of the people. PNoy has his Porsche. Lito Banayo is no exception. He has his unli rice. For what can you expect from a person who belongs to a rich family from childhood to adulthood. In his now inactive blog, his last post is about his childhood that is unmistakably not proletarian. His present situation is no different. As he himself said, all of his children are in the “US of A” so most probably, breakfast for him nowadays is bacon and egg sandwich. Or looking at his picture, his no-rice breakfast must have been dictated not by the desire to reduce consumption but compelled by circumstances brought about by past overconsumption.

Also in the same blog, Banayo claimed to be the consultant of several political personalities like Senator Orlando Mercado, Senate President Marcelo B. Fernan, Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, Speaker Ramon Mitra, Jr., Ronaldo Zamora, Manuel A. Roxas III and Hernando B. Perez—all political failures if you consider the fact that one time or the other, all of these people were touted to be potential presidentiables. And all failed. The only success story in his political consultancy resume is Joseph Estrada. And we all know what happened to Erap two years after his unprecedented landslide victory. Could this be because Banayo was never in sync with the voters in the first place?

His statement is nothing surprising if you consider these as backdrop. For quite a while now, he must not have experienced (or never experienced) eating in Mang Inasal and took advantage of their unli rice promo and scheduling your meal at 2 PM so that you need not take dinner in the evening to save on meal allowance money. They have so much money and lived in comfort that they forgot that more than half of the Filipinos out there were patronizing the unlimited rice not because of gluttony but because of necessity.

He has to get his feet back to the ground!

CIDG

Last week, newspapers were screaming the headline, “40% of CIDG members not trained in crime investigation” quoting the new CIDG Chief Samuel Pagdilao. It was about time that somebody tells the truth about the CIDG. While before the CIDG is considered to be a very competent police investigation unit just like the reputation of its predecessor the PC CIS, the CIDG nowadays is a unit that really has to fight for its relevance. It has outlived its purpose except be just one of the “butas” that illegal gamblers and the other underworld gangs have to make “areglo” with.

From its official website, the mission statement of CIDG is:
Free from politics, ininterrupted (sic) by territorial limitations and countrywide in scope, the CIDG performs the following missions:
1. To undertake the monitoring, investigation and prosecution of all crimes involving economic savotage and other crimes of such magnitude and extent as to indicate their commission by highly-placed professional syndicates or organizations; and,

2. To investigate all major cases involving violation of the Revised Penal Code (RPC) and to conduct operations against organized crime groups (OCGs), unless the president assigns the case exclusively to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)

Reading this mission statement, one cannot help but ask, what about the rest of the PNP? Is it not that the mission of the PNP (also from its official website) is:

The PNP shall enforce the law, prevent and control crimes, maintain peace and order, and ensure public safety and internal security with the active support of the community.

Is the CIDG a very special unit in the PNP? Why do you need a special unit that basically duplicates one of the most basic functions of the PNP?

The PC CIS has to be created during the PC/INP days because there is a need for a unit that has a nationwide scope of operations. The PC is not really a police force and the INP is simply local police with very limited capability so the CIS was created to fill the middle ground. But now the PNP is national in scope. That is in its charter. The PNP can operate anywhere so it is not uncommon for policemen from one jurisdiction to operate in another jurisdiction. That is why the coordination form is one of the most common documents in the PNP.

The CIDG has the mandate. But do they have the responsibility? At this time, several “one strike policies” about this and that criminal incident are in effect. A commander gets the boot if jueteng is detected and interdicted in his area. A precinct commander also gets axed if a gas station is held up. The local police is also blamed if there is a bank robbery. How about the CIDG? Where are they all these time? Is it not that jueteng is the best example of an organized crime group? Is it not that bank robbery is economic sabotage? Is it not that hold up is a heinous crime? Why is it that it is the local police that gets blamed when something like this happens?

The CIDG has all the powers and authority but they have no responsibility whatsoever. I remember one PNP officer lamenting during the height of the jueteng scandal in Metro Manila last year asking why is it that they get blamed and relieved when the CIDG raids a jueteng operation in their area when in the first place it was the CIDG who talked to them and organized their payola before the operations started?

I think this is actually the reason why the PNP cannot really get its act together because the organizational structure in itself is terribly flawed to start with.

The CIDG is not the place for officers like General Pagdilao. His transfer from PRO4A to CIDG in my view is a demotion. He should have been promoted to NCRPO Chief so that he can get his 2nd star and line him up to be the next Chief PNP before Dir Bartolome. That way, the PNP can have a thinking Chief PNP for a change. Gen Pagdilao’s talents will be wasted in CIDG. All his time will be consumed plugging holes in a leaking boat that should have been already scuttled and sank in the first place.

Yes, I believe that CIDG should be deactivated now.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

“Full Alert:” Another Illustration of Mediocrity in the PNP

A few moments ago, (April 16, 2011, 6:45PM), I heard over DZMM RD NCRPO, PDirector Nick Bartolome being interviewed by Gus Abelgas in “SOCO sa DZMM.” The topic was about the “OPLAN Semana Santa” preparations of NCRPO. Dir Bartolome’s interview had been going well, until the portion where he said that NCRPO had already declared “Full Alert.” Nothing wrong with that actually, except that his next statement was an apology to the families of NCRPO policemen if their loved ones (the NCRPO cops) are not home during the full alert. According to him, during full alert, “walang uwian ang pulis.” Now, this is where I want to focus this article.

As the touted next Chief, PNP, I had high hopes on Dir Bartolome. Though I do not know him personally and he definitely does not know me from Adam, I have heard nothing but good things about him—until this statement.

His interpretation of the “Full Alert” as a period of “walang uwian” for policemen betrays his lack of correct appreciation of present-day police work situation. I want to write about this misappreciation of police work by the PNP top brass because it is not only PDir Bartolome who thinks this way. I notice that almost all of my previous bosses think this way too. And what is this “line of thinking” and what is its significance anyway?

This line of thinking shows that almost 20 years after the PNP was established with a drastically different paradigm from its predecessor which is the Philippine Constabulary/Integrated National Police, many in the current top brass of the PNP still think like the PC ways, especially those who were former PC officers like PDir Bartolome. This is nothing to be surprised of actually as almost all of the top generals now are products of the military academy who chose PC as their branch of service.

The “Full Alert” in the PNP today is equated to the “Red Alert” during the PC days and the “Heightened Alert” to the “Blue Alert.” During “Red Alert,” all PC personnel are required to be in the barracks, waiting for deployment and in “Blue Alert,” half of the strength is required. They are accounted for by their “First Sergeants” and ensured that they are all intact and ready for jump off.

At this point, I want to emphasize the word “barracks.” Almost all PC camps before were simply called “barracks” so much so that when you return to barracks after a night out in town, simply telling the tricycle driver “barracks” is sure to get you to the right destination. You never tell the driver that you want to go to the police station, otherwise, you will be ferried to the “municipio” where the INP people hold office. This illustrates the highly different job environments of the then PC as compared to the PNP today. Most of the time, the more significant jobs of the PC were governed by specific orders that when it is normal alert, most, if not all of them were out there in town with no specific mission because routine peace and order like foot patrol, traffic control, fire incident response, and the like were given to the INP. The PNP today is more like the INP rather than the PC.

The INP were the real policemen during those days. The “Great Divide” can be seen right at the ranks. The PC officers were simply referred to as 2nd Lt, 1st Lt, Captain, Major, etc. while the INP Officers were referred to as P/Lt, P/Capt, P/Major, etc. This “P” in their ranks meant “police” but instead of being a badge of honor, it is a major liability as rarely can you see a major PC/INP unit headed by an officer with a "P" in his rank. And even more rarely can you see a PC officer in a unit headed by an INP officer. The INP was the police and the PC was, well, the PC.

The PC was really a military organization. “Red Alerts” were declared during critical times like when there are reported threats to the camp, big holidays like Christmas, when there is a firefight going on between government units and the enemies of the state, and the like. “Red Alerts” may extend from a few days to weeks and during all this time, the PC people are in the barracks.  And the barracks are living quarters where personnel can eat, sleep, and do all their personal necessities quite comfortably.  And most importantly, it is perfectly legal to sleep in the barracks.

The specific PC “missions” were not much different from the “missions” of other land-based units of the AFP. These “missions” were usually tactical level operations with specific targets for destruction or as we officially term it until now, “neutralization.” “Arrest” is actually a word in the lowest recesses of the PC dictionary, classified under the section “Foreign Words and Phrases.” PC missions were combat patrols that last for days or weeks and bring the PC guys to remote areas. After the “mission,” they return to barracks and wait for another “mission.” During these “missions,” the PC naturally follow “ranger tactics” where they eat, sleep, and poop in their “harbor area” following strict “security procedures” lest they get eaten alive by the enemy. This is so because during these missions, they are out there in the field, literally. Thus, for PC people, it is understandable that "walang uwian pag red alert."

Now, is this the same with the present PNP? Are the job environments of the PNP and the PC the same? Is it correct to equate “Red Alert” with the “Full Alert?” Most importantly, is PDir Bartolome correct when he said that “Full Alert” is “walang uwian?”

Let us examine the present job environment of the PNP. Especially the NCRPO which Dir Bartolome heads, PNP personnel are based in a police station usually located in a very busy urban location. Many police stations are situated in highly built-up areas and most of the time, space is limited that the only private space for policemen is a locker room where they can change into their uniforms. A police station with a barracks is more of an exception rather than the rule. And just rightly so. A police station does not need a barracks. Policemen should be walking in the streets, pounding their beats during their duty hours and not while away their time and loiter in the barracks!

This is the biggest difference between the PC and the PNP that current generals who were former PCs seemingly forget. When a PC patrol gets tired, they can rest and sleep in their temporary harbor area in the field. As such, they can last in their “mission” for long periods and not go back to their barracks for weeks. But what about present day policemen? Can they sleep during their duty hours? Can they occupy a “harbor area” and rest just like what the PC people did? Woe to him who gets caught by a media camera sleeping inside a patrol car, a precinct, or basically anywhere while he is in uniform! In this environment then, how long can a policeman effectively last in his job like patrol or investigation before he needs to rest and sleep?

Ideally, just like any other worker, 8 hours is just about right, though 12-hour shifts are not uncommon in the PNP. Now, after their duty, where do the generals expect their policemen to go? Back to the station? Especially during “Full Alerts” like “OPLAN Semana Santa,” where do Dir Bartolome expects the policeman to go after their shift? “Walang uwian?” Kid me!

(This is another illustration of the non-thinking nature of the PNP where even the supposedly brilliant officers just continue the systems and process that they “found in station,” never mind if the system is stupid or outdated or already pass√©. I am sure that PDir Bartolome knows that the concept of equating “Full Alert” to “Red Alert” is wrong but he just does not dare to change it lest he shows that he knows how to think and jeopardize his chances of being the next Chief, PNP. In the PNP right now (and the government in general ha), I think it is “Bawal ang nag-iisip. Baka mas gumaling pa kayo sa Presidente!” Hahahaha!)

PS.

This type of PNP operations like the “OPLAN Semana Santa” where Dir Bartolome said “We deployed more than 5,000 policemen for this purpose.” is nothing but sound bites. But I will reserve that for another “Mediocrity” article.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Commemorative Plates and the Continued Idiotization of the PNP

If the title shows my obvious frustration, just let it be. For so long, I wanted to write about the nincompoops in the PNP higher ups but I kept my peace because mediocrity in the PNP is understandable considering the brain drain that it continues to experience. (I will write more about this topic in the future.) However, even the few bright men (or so I thought) that remained in the PNP to reach the star ranks are seemingly influenced by the non-thinking ones and not the other way around. The latest general I saw afflicted by this “mediocrity-syndrome” is Leonardo Espina, the Chief of the Highway Patong Group (Formerly the Trigger Men Group). Espina was quoted by the Philippine Daily Inquirer saying “As a general rule, commemorative plates should be placed side by side or on top of the original license plate.”
As a former spokesman of the PNP and an officer with a reputation as a bright boy, I expect Espina to at least reduce the confusion about commemorative plates started by the feeling-bright Supt Dennis Siervo when he was still the Chief of HPG-NCR in his attempt to impress PNoy during the early days of the latter’s presidency. Espina and Siervo wanted that commemorative plates be displayed this way:



Is this the correct way? Let us examine the law that governs this: Republic Act 4136 otherwise known as the "Land Transportation and Traffic Code." RA 4136 states in Section 18 (Use of number plates) "At all times, every motor vehicle shall display in conspicuous places, one in front and one in the rear thereof, the said number plates. The number plates shall be kept clean and cared for, and shall be firmly affixed to the motor vehicle in such a manner as will make it entirely visible and always legible." So the law is very clear. Will superimposing a commemorative plate over the license plate, like in this case, a violation of the law?



Definitely yes, because doing so will violate the requirement that the plate must always be legible and entirely visible. So that makes Espina and Siervo right? No!

This is so because legal commemorative plates have this special permit in the form of a sticker affixed to the windshield of the vehicle:





The permit reads: “This commemorative motor vehicle plate is authorized and approved by LTO and DOTC. Valid until ****." It is signed by the LTO, the DOTC, and the representative of the group producing the plates. Issuing this permit is also legal and within the power of the LTO because Section 17 (a) of RA 4136 reads “The Commissioner shall cause number plates to be prepared and issued to owners of motor vehicles and trailers registered under this Act.”

What is the significance of this permit? Well, most of the time, commemorative plates are produced by a group, with the approval of the LTO, after paying the corresponding fees imposed by the government, to “commemorate” a significant event and at the same time, to raise funds for some charitable purpose. The plates are sold at some exorbitant prices, some going as high as P5,000.00 each. And what is the purpose of people in buying these plates? Nothing really except that personally, the plates give me a feeling of uniqueness as it sets my car apart from the others. Do other people buy it to evade number coding? Maybe, but most, if not all, know that even while using the plates and they get apprehended for number coding violation (using their tag numbers at the back), then they know that they will not be saved by the plates. So, if Espina wants people to display the commemorative plates side by side or on top of the regular plates, why in hell do LTO and DOTC need to issue these permits in the first place? Isn’t it that displaying other plates is not illegal, as long as the original plates are not covered? Why do people need permits—that they pay the government for it—to do something perfectly legal in the first place anyway?

Idiotic, isn’t it? Obviously, the permit is for people to use the commemorative plate like a regular plate! They can cover the regular plate if they want to! If you don’t agree with me, then what are you going to do with this jeepney? Apprehend him for not having a permit for his “commemorative plate?” Is he committing a violation? Does he need a permit to do this?



Postscript: All pictures in this entry are grabbed from the internet. If you are the owner of any of this and you do not want me to use your picture, please email me. Thanks!

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Bacoor Cops vs Obillos, Abaya et al. Part 3

I read in the Philippine Daily Inquirer today that the DOJ is recommending the filing of 2 counts of murder against 14 police officers involved in the infamous Bacoor, Cavite-shooting incident during the May 10, 2010 automated elections that led to the death of a retired police officer and a navy officer.

I had written two entries (Entry 1, Entry 2) about this incident in this blog last year and to say that I am saddened with the DOJ resolution is an understatement. I am actually outraged at the brazenness of power peddling of the Abayas and at the same time, I am disappointed with PNoy himself for tolerating such shenanigans. Just because the Abayas are Liberal Party members?

I need not re-explain my position as I think, for non-believers, no explanation will be sufficient. I just would like to show a screen grab from the incident and you be the judge. The man holding an m-16 was “victim” Navy Petty Officer Juanito Paraiso. The policeman in uniform is now one of the accused. Just look at the picture and see for yourself if the Obillos camp is as faultless as they say they are.



With the way PNoys administration is going, he will be indeed very lucky if he actually finishes his term. He has to remember that the winning margin of Joseph Estrada over his closest rival (24%) is way way bigger than his margin (15%) over Erap. Yet this margin of Erap was eroded in just a little over 2 years. PNoy better keep this in mind and start thinking clearer while walking the Matuwid na daan!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Drug Mules

Now that it is over, let me say the piece that I had been holding back for quite a while. I want to take exception to the statements of many officials and media personalities that the whole country is grieving over the execution of the three drug mules. I don’t. Moreover, I rejoice, actually.

Insensitive? Say what you want but I really feel that way. Just thinking of the almost 15 kilograms of heroin caught from them, I can’t seem to find in me any compassion for them. As I see it, their execution is correct from whichever viewpoint I look at it. If they carried the drugs knowingly, then they deserved their fate. If they were just unwitting mules as they claimed, then to some extent, they still deserved their fate. Just imagine the number of lives they will destroy because of katangahan! (Side note: I might be this insensitive because I actually don’t believe that they did not know that they were carrying drugs. Why? In airline travel, baggage allowance is very limited. It is extremely preposterous to claim that you do not know that you have 5 kilograms of unaccounted weight in your baggage. Hell, that is about a quarter of the whole baggage allowance!)

Adding to the outrage that I feel was the special treatment given to the families of the convicted mules. They were given a free ride to China to see their relatives. I understood that this was the assistance given to them by the DFA. For this, the government used people’s money. (If I am wrong, then I deeply apologize.) But as I understood it from the news accounts, it was public funds. Do the families deserve this freebie? Hundreds or thousands of Filipinos out there are dying because the government cannot provide for their basic needs due to lack of funds. These are the same Filipinos who toil day in and day out just to get by. Are we making them the same Filipinos who dutifully pay their taxes just to make sure that this government can spend for the assistance of families of “drug mules?”

And after all what the government did for them, the families of the mules, especially the family of Evangelista, has the gall to blame the government? Binay is even giving scholarships to the children of Evangelista!

Now let me ask as a cop. Will Binay also give scholarships to my children if I die tomorrow because some drug addict gets lucky and kills me?

Looking at the house of Credo from the TV footages, it appears that he is already enjoying the fruits of his illegal activities. His house is a palace compared to the squatter shanties where survey showed more than half of cops live.

I am wont to ask this time: Am I in the wrong business? Should I not be a drug mule instead of a cop? Crime does pay after all!

Or should I be a drug protector? It is easier to do, given my position as a cop. Will the Filipinos make a monument for me if I become one? Drug dealers are heroes (or congressmen) in this country anyway. I will just say that I do not know that the friends I am protecting are drug dealers!

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

DZIQ: Reyes ‘dared to sacrifice for common good’, says ex-president Ramos

DZIQ: Reyes ‘dared to sacrifice for common good’, says ex-president Ramos

MANILA, Philippines – Former president Fidel V. Ramos praised former defense secretary and Armed Forces chief Angelo Reyes for “daring to sacrifice for the common good” and hoped that his sacrifice “was not in vain.”

Ramos made the statement to media Wednesday when he paid his respects to Reyes at the Ascension Chapels in Quezon City. Reyes committed suicide Tuesday amid allegations that he was part of the multimillion-peso fund scam in the military.

In the interview aired over Radyo Inquirer, Ramos, a former military chief himself, said Reyes embodied the three pillars of the Ramos Peace and Development Foundation – caring, sharing, and daring.

“The caring and sharing are easy to do,” said Ramos in Filipino.

But he said that daring meant something else because it meant “daring to sacrifice for the common good.”


My pulis take: Exactly. Ramos got it right on the button.

DZIQ: Reyes not greedy; he merely inherited a system—Robles

MANILA, Philippines—“Former Secretary Angelo Reyes just inherited a [rotten] system and he wasn’t greedy,” said retired commodore Rex Robles in an interview on Tuesday with anchor Ramon Tulfo on his top-rating public service show “Isumbong Mo Kay Tulfo” on DZIQ 990 AM Radyo Inquirer.

Robles, in a light-hearted mood, said, “I’m telling you Mon (Tulfo), don’t laugh. But if all military generals who had [traces of graft and corruption] will commit suicide at once, only two or three will be left alive.”

Being a veteran tri-media journalist who has been covering the police and the military for decades, Tulfo said, “My God, that’s true.”

Robles revealed how some generals would ask, upfront, for P350 million.

My pulis take:

Robles hit the nail in the head. The only sin of Reyes is the sin of omission. He inherited a corrupt system and did not change it. But the bigger question is: "Was he in the position to do so?" Yes, he was the Chief of Staff. But was he in the position to tell the DBM to program more budget for the purchase of combat boots of his men instead of money for personal services? If he tried, (or anyone for that matter) how would he have countered the oft-repeated justification of people doing the conversion, “I would rather have 70 pesos in cash than a hundred in paper.”

For his part, I believe that Reyes actually believe that he was being truthful when he said that he had not been greedy. But greedy is a relative term. What is greed for one maybe great moderation and discipline to another. However, for me, Reyes is indeed not greedy. 50 million is peanuts compared to the hundreds of millions that the others received (and demanded). But still, he still sinned.

Thus General Angelo Reyes led the way for others who had sinned like him in taking the last honorable exit. Like in the movie “The Last Samurai,” he did what real warriors do in time of dishonor, no matter how fleeting that moment is. He did a Samurai, that warrior spirit that made Japan what it is today. He chose to be Lord Moritsugu Katsumoto. Now, will Jinggoy and Trillanes do the same?

Or they will choose to be Omura as played by actor Masato Harada?

Can they sing the last line of the Lupang Hinirang “Ang mamatay ng dahil sa yo!” with the same conviction as the true warrior Angelo Reyes did?

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Antonio Trillanes IV

Trillanes is at it again. Elected on a platform of a promise of change, the newly freed senator again displayed his real self: arrogant, course, and what have you. Within six hours of Gen Reyes death, he made a very out-of-taste statement (References are all culled from the PDInquirer):

“No definitely not,” Trillanes told reporters when asked if senators should feel responsible for Reyes' death after they grilled him in the Senate over the alleged P50 million send-off money that he received when he retired as chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. “Remember that General Reyes is a graduate of PMA [Philippine Military Academy]. He used to be the chief of staff of the AFP so he went through all the pressures necessary to survive those chapters in his life,” he said.

That statement is so stupid in so many counts. But the worst is its timing. He is talking about a person who had just committed suicide. Did he ever paused and thought about the grieving family first before he opened his mouth and once again showed to the world how wrong the 11 million Filipinos who elected him?

And that PMA pressures cap? He must have forgotten that the biggest pressure on a cadet is the pressure of the Honor Code. When one is accused of an honor violation, there is only one way to redeem yourself: resign. This is killing your cadetship dreams. This is what Cadet General Angelo Reyes did in the outside and real world.

Let me refresh the mind of the good senator: “We, the cadets, do not lie, cheat, steal, nor tolerate among us those who do so.”

Now, Cadet Antonio Trillanes IV, all right, sir?

Angelo Reyes

He did the last remaining honorable exit for him. This was my first reaction when a friend texted me that Angelo Reyes committed suicide. I was then in a bus along EDSA and I asked the bus driver to stop the movie and tune in to the radio. The AM band is unintelligible so I asked him to tune in to 92.3 Radyo Singko in the FM band. I received various texts shortly thereafter, all of them expressing varied opinions.

Suicide as a way out is not new. In most of the developed world, fallen leaders routinely commit suicide once they are implicated in anomalies or even just a shadow of doubt is cast upon their integrity. Where in ancient times up to the modern history the Japanese culture of hara kiri is the most prominent, now, Koreans, Americans, Thais, and the rest of the world were following suit.

The opinions on killing oneself as a means of escape are as diverse as the ways to do it. In Japan, where the means is self decapitation with the help of a second, it is the only way to restore honor for a tarnished samurai. In the movie “The Last Samurai” one of the more prominent lines is the statement of Ken Watanabe “It was a good death.” In modern day Japan, during the financial crisis that hit it in the 60s, the means was jumping out of the window of a skyscraper. So is with the Koreans. The disgraced President Roh jumped to his death after his involvement in a bribery scandal.

Even in the Catholic world, death is not the end all but even the start of something higher. There is that so-called “Prayer for a Happy Death” and ironically, the most prominent devotee of this prayer was a woman named Cory Aquino. It is just a means that is being disputed that within a few hours of Reyes death, a hypocrite Roman Catholic bishop stated that suicide is one of the biggest sins.

How will the death of Reyes affect the current corruption investigation being conducted by the House and the Senate? As I have always maintained during my discourses with friends, the biggest sin committed by all these involved is the sin of omission. They knew that something is wrong with the system yet they did not do anything about it. The practice of conversion is nothing new. Money intended for one thing in the budget is “converted” to cash to be spent in another, presumably more important and more urgent need. In the process, all the agencies involved who were supposed to provide checks and balances on one another must now work in concert to make things happen. The Original end user provides the reason and the most common is “Well, our budget provided us money for salaries (Object Class 01) but what we need are tires, batteries, and gasoline for our vehicles for our combat operations. Let us convert this 01 to cash to buy tires, batteries, and gasoline.” With this explanation, the AFP then converts the 01 money into cash usually by selling the Notice of Cash Allotments from the DBM to the “suppliers” an euphemism for the Mafia that has the connections to all the agencies involved—AFP/PNP, COA, and DBM/DOF. This is a well entrenched system and everybody knows that this is wrong. But who can stop it and how can it be stopped? The first step was made by Gen Efren Abu when he abolished J6 and broke it down into four separate offices providing internal checks and balances. But the reforms need to continue—and this is supposed to be purpose of all these hearings conducted by legislators: in aid of legislation.

The most significant complication that the death of Reyes brought is that the pressure is now on Jinggoy and Trillanes. After all things were said and done, can they now say that they are clean and not as notorious what they wanted to paint Reyes as? Were they all above board in their transactions involving their pork barrels? And especially for Trillanes, can he ask the same question as confidently as Reyes did to people on the know when he said “Naging swapang ba ako?” in light of the Senate Finance Report that he was one of the top-spending senators despite the fact that he was then in detention? What Reyes most probably meant was “Kinuha ko lang ang para sa akin na ibinibigay ng kasalukuyang sistema. Ang kasalanan ko lang ay di ko binagao ang mga mali na inabutan ko.”

What I want to hear in the next few days is the surfacing of an ante mortem statement of Reyes containing something like, “Yes I am guilty of allowing conversion. But among the funds that we converted and cleared were the pork barrels of senators and congressmen who used the AFP as the clearing house and used the return to sender system.” I wonder how many of those who will be named will have the courage to also shoot themselves in the heart?

And by the way, start probing the funds of the PNP. For all you know, that will make the fund mess in the AFP look like a game of tong-its using loose change!

Goodbye General Reyes. I had been one your harshest critics (though anonymous and unknown) in the past. But in one fell swoop (or a bullet in your heart—if you want to be remembered as that), you regained my respect.

My salute sir!

Roberto Rosales vs Arlyn dela Cruz

I saw on TV last night the face off of Arlyn dela Cruz and Dir Roberto Rosales over Channel 2 with Noli de Castro at TV Patrol. The most noticeable thing is the unrepentant stance of dela Cruz despite the conciliatory overtures of Rosales. Once again, the abuse of power of a reporter came to a fore and reared in full display for all the world to see. She even highlighted her arrogance that she kept on talking out of turn even while Rosales was still talking. And in the true tradition of these fearless reporters na walang sinasanto, walang inuurungan, at walang kinatatakutan, the report included the segment showing that she went straight to the police station in Bgy Batasan to put on police blotters the alleged threats that Dir Rosales made against her (at the Multi-Purpose Hall in Camp Crame during a live interview with practically all the networks including the fly-by-night reporters) and that she fears for her life.

Before I go any further, I would like to share to everyone an old information. I kept a copy of a confidential report given to me by a colleague connected with an intelligence agency in Camp Crame. It states:

Reporter Arlyn dela Cruz is keeping hostile feelings against Chief Supt Rosales, the WPD Director because despite the sexual favors she had given to him to the extent that she gifted her with her nieces, Gen Rosales failed to live up to his promise of giving her scoops which should have been expected, given his proximity to President GMA. Also, dela Cruz’s anger at Rosales came to a hilt when Rosales totally dumped her after he found out that her alleged kidnapping by the Abu Sayyaf in Basilan in 2002 was but one of her trysts with her then boyfriend Khadaffy Janjalani.

I dug up this old report from my files after I read the headline story of the Inquirer last Sunday and thought that dela Cruz had not yet gotten over her animosity against Rosales.

Well, that’s life. If she wants as copy of the report, I can show it to her but I will not name my source. And mind you, this is an A1 report from a trusted source and not based on a text message thus I stand by my story.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Garcia, Rabuza, Mendoza

Another blockbuster teleserye is now unfolding on tv these days. I would like to gloat that before all these brouhaha unraveled on tv, I have touched these issues in a previous article "PNP admits breach in discipline" that I posted on January 6, 2011 or about a week before the tv-covered hearings.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

PNP chief bats for regular physical, medical tests for cops

MANILA, Philippines—Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Raul Bacalzo on Monday said he would propose that the National Police Commission implement an annual physical and medical exam, as well as neuropsychiatric evaluation, for all police officers as a long-term solution to rid the force of rogue cops.

Bacalzo said these tests will ensure that all 132,000 police officers are fit to work every year but revealed that they would have to find P46 million for every month that police officers undergo the said tests.

(Read the rest of the story in the Philippine Daily Inquirer by clicking on the title above)

My pulis take:

P46M monthly just for the tests? What the hell? Why so much? Had the PNP sunk this low in its "pera-pera" attitude that it cannot undertake a special project without a special funding? And regular fitness test cannot even be considered a special project. If the Chief PNP had not known it yet, then here is the info: For so long a time now, the Semestral Physical Fitness Test is a regular income source for corrupt SESPOs and Training Officers who ask for P700 from each PNP member who do not want to go through the rigors of the test but simply sign their PFT forms.

Likewise, what does the gargantuan medical unit of the PNP does if it cannot make the PFT its flagship project in its regular funding? Is it not that for so long, because of lack of anything worthwhile to do in the PNP General Hospital, more than half of its doctors went abroad on “buko passes” (Pag nabuko, e di pass. Kung hindi, e di on duty.) The absence of these doctors were not felt for so long because basically, nothing changed when they went abroad. Just like when they are on duty, they are not reporting in the hospital so they were not missed. This is the reason why the PNP assigned then PSUPT Rolando Anduyan and PSUPT Bernard Banac who were both PMA graduates and line officers in the Medical Service, specifically to account for these AWOL personnel. Anduyan was eventually rewarded with a promotion to full colonel and Banac is expected to follow suit. Same goes true with the nurses and the other staff of the PNP Medical Service. The usual duty detail rotation is 2 days duty, 1 week off. That is how sorely the PNP Medical Service needs something to do.

So if the Chief PNP wants the regular fitness tests conducted, then he need not shell out a single cent. Actually, it is now being regularly conducted (twice a year at that!) by crooked personnel in the admin and training sections of the PNP. He just needs to make these people trudge the “matuwid na daan.” Also, he needs to make the PNP Medical Service work for its MOOE and salary of its personnel.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

DISCIPLINE AND THE PNP

Last night I saw on TV a spot about the retraining of policemen in Subic. The training was in response of the perceived breakdown of discipline in the PNP brought about by the series of highly sensational cases where PNP members were the culprits. To the general public, this is an obvious stop-gap measure but of course it is commendable as this shows that the PNP still listens to the sentiments of the people. But for insiders like me? I cannot help but lament the realization that the current state of affairs in the PNP was the result of the shabby treatment of the PNP towards training for so long now.

Training should have been the key in instilling discipline in the PNP—and in any organization in fact—but for so long, the PNP did not give the emphasis due to it. Proof? PNP personnel assigned in the PPSC rendering instructors duty do not enjoy the opportunity of promotion because PPSC is not in the PNP Table of Organization. Another proof: The Training Service, supposed to be created to cater to the training needs of the PNP, became the “jump-off” point of officers who just want promotion. They get assigned to the Training Service, get promoted after three months, then get out again to positions where they can steal millions! Well, this is the way PNP top brass treats training because they know that they can get away with their incompetence not by training but by bending the rules.

One example: similar to the straits where PAO Chief Persida Acosta is now, the PNP now requires a third level eligibility for ranks of Senior Superintendent and up to justify their salary scales and also put them at par with the third level executives in the government. Too late for the PNP bright boys to realize that the third level executive positions are located in a totally different world: they need CES eligibility to qualify. Only one agency is allowed by law to administer the CES eligibility examinations: the CES Board. Now, this was early to mid 2000s where the ilks of GMA are lording over the PNP. These ilks were highly ambitious but lack the necessary brains to back up their brawn. They tried and failed the CESE multiple times. They realized in the end that they cannot pass CESE without going back to school first. They also realized that they cannot influence nor bribe the CESB into relaxing the standards so what was their solution? Instead of going to training and study to improve their knowledge and skills to pass the CESE, what did they do? They went to the CSC then chaired by Karina David who they were able to influence into administering the CSEE, an exam well out of the mandate of the CSC. All should have been well if the CSE exam is easy to pass. But it was not! So instead of going back to school, the PNP bright boys then went to their last refuge: the NAPOLCOM—and thus, PESE was invented. What is PESE? It is the height of mockery of eligibility examination standards! It is a glorified neuro-psycho exam which is only suitable for entry level positions such as PO1s.

Sample question: “Rank in a scale of 1 to 5: Money matters do not affect me in my decision making.”

Goodness, 90% of PESE consists of this type of questions. How will you know then who will be qualified police executives in the truest sense of the word with this kind of exam? Compare this with a question from the stage 1 of the CES exam:

Performance Appraisal is a primary HRM process that links employees and organizations and provides input for other processes through these means
a. Identification, Measurement, Management;
b. Assessment, Direction, Development;
c. Recruitment, Selection, Onboarding;
d. Skill, Effort, Responsibility


It is obvious that with this kind of questions, you cannot pass the CESE without the proper preparation.

I said it before and I will say it again: Reforms in the PNP should start at the top. For starters, require all senior superintendents and up to pass the CESE. I am willing to bet all that I have that more than 50% of all sr supts and up inside NHQ will fail!

In the meantime, as usual, let the rank and file bear the brunt of the failures of the top management!

Hay buhay!

Thursday, January 06, 2011

PNP admits breach in discipline

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer

Spate of crimes involving cops alarms top brass

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine National Police (PNP) Wednesday admitted that there was a breakdown in discipline among its ranks following a spate of crimes allegedly carried out by several policemen.

“This is a serious breach in discipline. But we have to accept that reality,” PNP chief Director General Raul Bacalzo said in a press conference at Camp Crame.

In the last six weeks, Bacalzo noted that 14 policemen had been linked to various crimes. Of the 14, six were arrested, three confined to quarters while five remain at large.

At the same time, he reported the actions the PNP would take against erring policemen, including putting them in provincial or city jails with other common criminals instead of restricting them to their quarte

(Read the whole article from the Philippine Daily Inquirer by clicking on the title)

It has been a while since I posted in my blog. Despite all those explosive issues in the past 4 to 5 months, I have not felt that great urge to post my views. I have a lot of opinions on the Luneta Hostage Fiasco, the taping of guns this past New Year, and several other issues but other priorities took precedence. Until now, my schedule is still as hectic as before but reading the statements of Bacalzo regarding the apparent breakdown of discipline in the PNP ranks, I felt that this is one issue worth contributing to.

At the outset, let me add my voice to the observations that indeed, there is breakdown in discipline in the PNP ranks. But let me add: it is not only now. It had been happening for quite sometime now. And let mo shout this out: the worst breakdown in discipline is not what you read on the pepers: the worst breakdown in discipline is happening right inside Camp Crame, in the National Headquarters of the biggest crime organization in the Philippines and they are perpetrated by most of the current top brass. Save for some senior officers, the PNP is currently lead either by bumbling idiots or spineless former idealists who allowed themselves to be sucked in the system not unlike the Cosa Nostra. And mind you, the similarities are not just skin deep. Take this entry from Wikipedia for Cosa Nostra: “Each group, known as a "family", "clan", or "cosca", claims sovereignty over a territory in which it operates its rackets – usually a town or village or a neighbourhood (borgata) of a larger city. Their primary activity is protection racketeering, but they are also involved in drug trafficking, loan sharking, and liquor and cigarette smuggling.” Sounds familiar? Have you heard about the families in the PNP? PMA, PNPA, PMO, APOLE, Iglesia, Mason, etc! But the biggest and most damaging families are the Comptroller family, Finance family, COA family, and DBM family. I will explain that in a short while.

That’s right: you read me right. I feel that the PNP had turned into the biggest crime organization in the Philippines right now and those PO1s that you read on the news are not even the tip of the iceberg—they are merely small broken chips of the iceberg. I can finish a whole ream of bond paper if I enumerate and discuss the rackets going on in the PNP. But let me zero in on one very Mafiosique racket in the PNP: The CLEARING FEE. What is this clearing fee? This is the automatic deduction levied on all funds that goes to an end user. Say a District Director is allocated P 100,000 monthly for his MOOE. The DD signs the receipt that he received P 100,000 but in truth, he will be only given P 70,000 because the current rate of Clearing Fee is 30%. Actually, at the regional and provincial levels, the money given to commanders were already “cleared” thus, whether they sign a receipt or not does not matter anymore. It is at the NHQ level that the funds are “CLEARED.” When we say “cleared,” what does it mean? That means that on paper, the money is already spent and the supporting documents are already submitted to the proper authorities, usually the DBM and the COA. For this to succeed, several families must work together: the Comptroller Family, the Finance Family, the DBM Family, and the COA Family!

How do they do this? Well, the explanation will consume another ream of bond paper. So here is just the unmistakable and irrefutable indication of the anomaly: in the last Christmas season (and in previous Christmases), did you notice that the cash gifts given by generals playing Santa to their subordinates are always in cold, hard cash? How do these generals clear these millions? Go figure!

Bacalzo is alarmed for the breach of discipline of his men? He better start reforms at the 1st and 2nd floors of the NHQ!