Monday, September 29, 2014

Pulis na Pogi vs PMA?

This title was brought about by a comment left last September 28 in the article titled “That EDSA Hulidap:  My Pulis Take” (http://pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/2014/09/that-edsa-hulidap-my-pulis-take.html?showComment=1411878054041#c824211818339139585)

The anonymous poster stated:

“PulisnaPogi..alam ko na alam mo na ang pinakamalaking sindikato sa kapulisan at sa AFP ay mga graduate ng PMA!”

Among other things, I believe that this comment may have been spurred by another article entitled “The PNP and the Mafia” where I pointed out that like the Mafia, the leadership of the PNP is almost monolithic, with the top 100 positions all occupied by PMAyers except for a few deputy positions numbering to less than 10 occupied by officers from other sources of commission.

Another Comment by Ah-Lex

Ah-Lex left another long comment in the article "Hero Policemen" that I am giving it another space in the front page.  Salamat po sa input!

Here is Ah-Lex again:

The only time that I personally encountered a "hero policeman" was when a traffic cop flagged me and finding no fault on my part, after a thorough check, he let me go; and the other instance was when a policeman courteously asks for "pambili ng kape" after a thorough check wherein I was apprehended because of my broken winshield. These acts of keeping the order or acting courteously albeit, waste of my time, are for me, heroic, though it is what they're supposed to do.

Above instances can be classified as heroic because all of my other encounters with law enforcement officers are plain and simple robbery or total disservice. To cite a few:

Comment by Ah-Lex

Reader Ah-Lex left this comment in the open slate for visitors.  It is such a powerful and personal testimonial that I deemed it proper to accord it a space in the front page.  Thanks for the contribution!

Here is Ah-lex.  

Reading your blogs, I now understand why my brother - who was once a member of PNP - was very much against our suggestion that he encourage, or at least advise his sons, to join the ranks of law enforcement. That was during the time when his eldest son was about to finish high school and still don't know what course to take. Uncles and Aunties were willing to help knowing that the salary of our brother/brother-in-law as a policeman is not sufficient/enough to pay for a college education plus daily expenses for his whole family.

He took up B.S. Criminolgy (not a graduate at that time due to unfinished CMT courses) and applied as policeman trainee. When he was getting his attrition (I don't know if this is the right word) at WPD, he was

Saturday, September 27, 2014

In Defense of Purisima

A fellow blogger named Ruben wrote these comments to the article “So the Chief PNP is digging in?”

I am reprinting the comments in toto and place it in italics and bold typeface for clarity.  My answer immediately follows the point that I am answering to.  I decided to make a separate article because the commenter is so impassioned in his defense of the Chief that I thought I need to give it justice.  So here we go:

The author of this post might is telling the truth, or might be telling half truth. Why, look at his post:

1. He is telling that the C, PNP is already overweight. But what photo is he presenting? The photo that he is exercising, hehehe, it means that he was doing something on his situation. Is that enough? You tell me! Kasi ako, mataba din ako, at alam kung mahirap magpapayat. Pero kailangan may effort ka din, kung hindi, talagang hindi na bababa ang weight mo.

My answer:  The law is the law is the law.  To recap, here are the laws:

From RA 6975:

Friday, September 26, 2014

So the Chief PNP is Digging In?

Every night before I sleep and in the morning before I read the papers, I say a short wish for the PNP that it gets out of this mess soon.  Included in the wish is for the enlightenment of the Chief PNP Alan Purisima.  Inevitably, I wish that Purisima gets enlightenment and resigns immediately.  This is because I believe that this is the only option left for him to salvage whatever remains of his credibility as a policeman and as the leader of the organization at that. 

And everyday, I get disappointed.

There are various reasons that are proffered by his defenders and his talking heads.  PNoy maintains that he still trusts Purisima, and as the President, little can be done about it by anybody.  Many are already enraged by the hardheadedness of PNoy in this issue just like he had been in many others.  I am equally flabbergasted by the impasse but I am not surprised at all.  This is because the way PNoy assesses the performance of Purisima as satisfactory despite so much contrary opinion of the majority is simply reflective of his low standards in his professional life.  One only needs a simple Google search of his track record as a politician to know that he had not been somebody that can really be called competent, disciplined, excellent, and professional.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

What the Hell?

To say that I am shocked is an understatement!

The article Keeping up with the Joneses (and how it fuels corruption in the PNP) had recorded 10,000+ pageviews in 10 days with the last three days really going through the roof.  I do not know if this is a fluke (which could be considering that with all those views it only generated two comments.)  But what the heck, it drove this blog to number 3 on the Philippines Top Blogs!

Salamat po sa mga readers!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Nice facebook post

From Janet Cadayona:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1542016976025470&set=a.1438027873091048.1073741830.100006515478625&type=1


Very very timely in the aftermath of Storm Mario...

CPNP Mansion in San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija

I grabbed this picture from the ABS-CBN website.
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/video/focus/09/19/14/rest-house-na-dinadawit-kay-purisima-natunton

eto video link sa you tube galing sa abs-cbn website:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQYwzBdRrxA



Bukas na ako gagawa ng article.  Hihimatayin yata ako...

Policemen: Heroes in Our Own Little Ways...

I would have called it a day today if not for these pictures from the Inquirer website taken yesterday during the height of Typhoon Mario:


I cannot help but feel pride upon seeing these pictures.  All these rescuers are policemen.  Even the guys in camouflage uniforms are cops.  Look at their ballcaps and patches.


Is rescue part of the job description of the PNP?  Yes to some extent.  But more than the PNP, it is the local governments who should be doing these, through the local DRRMCs or Disaster Risk Reduction

Lifestyle Check in the PNP

Recently, Mar Roxas announced that he is ordering a lifestyle check on PNP members starting with the generals.  In compliance, PNP Spokesman PCSUPT Ruben Sindac announced that people from the IAS and the NAPOLCOM were designated to do the job.  After this line, I stopped reading the rest of the article.  For how can this effort succeed when all the investigators will be under Police Director General Alan Purisima who is obviously the primary target of this investigation?  The Internal Affairs Service is headed by Police Director Alex Roldan, a PMA Class 85.  As an underclass in the PMA and a subordinate in the PNP, can we expect Roldan to be impartial to his boss?  Hahaha, in your dreams!  The NAPOLCOM is even worse.  It was just a few weeks ago when it was revealed by an anonymous group of bloggers that the

Palparan and the Philippine Daily Inquirer

There are just very few editorials of the Philippine Daily Inquirer that I do not agree with because I find the paper generally level headed.  But I saw one on the September 20, 2014 edition.  Ironically, it is one of the shortest editorials I have read.  Here it is in full:

Homecoming
12:59 am | Saturday, September 20th, 2014
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When you’re brought back to your former “stomping grounds,” placed once again in the company of old friends and colleagues and the environment that nurtured and molded you to full flowering, would you call that incarceration? We think not.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Keeping up with the Joneses (and how it fuels corruption in the PNP)

From Wikipedia
“Keeping up with the Joneses” is an idiom in many parts of the English-speaking world referring to the comparison to one's neighbor as a benchmark for social class or the accumulation of material goods. To fail to “keep up with the Joneses” is perceived as demonstrating socio-economic or cultural inferiority.

Manifestation in the PNP—and the Philippine Society in General

While in I do not know of an exact equivalent of the idiom in Filipino, “Keeping up with the Joneses” is very much alive in the Philippines.  It can be seen in business big and small, the neighborhoods both in urban centers and rural areas, and in fact all over the country in virtually all sectors.  No small thanks to the media who is actually leading the way, outdoing one another—beyond the realms of healthy rivalry—had become an unrecognized pastime.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The PNP and the Mafia

From Wikipedia:

The Sicilian Mafia (also known as Cosa Nostra, in English "Our Thing") is a criminal syndicate in Sicily, Italy. It is a loose association of criminal groups that share a common organizational structure and code of conduct, and whose common enterprise is protection racketeering. Each group, known as a "family", "clan", or "cosca", claims sovereignty over a territory, usually a town or village or a neighbourhood (borgata) of a larger city, in which it operates its rackets. Its members call themselves "men of honour", although the public often refers to them as "mafiosi".

Reading the above definition of the Sicilian Mafia, I cannot help but be amused by its uncanny similarities if applied to the PNP.  Let me try:

The Sicilian PNP Mafia (also known as Cosa Nostra, in English "Our Thing") is a criminal syndicate in Sicily, Italy the Philippines. It is a loose association of criminal groups that share a common organizational structure and code of conduct, and whose common enterprise is protection racketeering. Each group,

Friday, September 12, 2014

PNP Morale and Discipline After These Hard Hits

The PNP is continuing to take hard hits left and right.  Still reeling from the effects of the EDSA Hulidap, reports now surface about other hulidaps in Manila, Bulacan, and Caloocan.  Why do these things continue to happen?

It is unmistakable that there is already a breakdown in discipline in the organization.  The top leaders are reduced to guarding their men to ensure that they do not become criminals themselves.  Why is this so?  Why are all these things happening?  As for me, as a policeman myself, this phenomenon is an indicator of a very low morale of the PNP brought about by very weak leaders who simply bluff their way day in and day out of the job.  Morale already transcends academies. 

The main person that affects the current morale of the force is no other than the top guy himself, Gen Alan Purisima.

Today, PNoy once again reiterated his confidence to Gen Purisima in a speech at Malacanang.  The main issue against Purisima is the EDSA hulidap but the defense of PNoy is that it was also the PNP who arrested

Thursday, September 11, 2014

That EDSA Hulidap: My pulis take.

When the photo of THAT “gun poking” incident in EDSA first appeared in the newspapers, I immediately commented, “incompetent government. pero ang pinakab0b0 dito ay ang pnp. nakakahiya...pero hula ko lang: kalawit operation ng mga pulis yun...”  eto link:  http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/634771/police-probe-edsa-gun-poking-incident#comment-1569983300

Weeks later, after all the hullabaloo died down, it turns out that I was exactly right.  Let me gloat about that for a moment but I think I am not the only policeman who first thought of that.  I am sure that other policemen worth their salt also have that same instinct.  Why?  Because birds of the same feather flock together!  Or say it takes one to know one.  So am I also doing hulidap?  Hell no.  Make no mistake about it.  I also do kalawit but not to rob a person but to extract information and I condemn in strongest terms the

Friday, September 05, 2014

PO2 Frenzel Mendoza: Yet Another Reason to Abolish the PNP Health Service

The veteran cop that I am, I still find it very hard to watch the youtube video of PO2 Frenzel Mendoza shooting and killing bar owner Cesar Degay and security guard Sonny Awingan in cold blood.  The video is here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iyqwBIHN0o) and I would like to warn viewers to be ready to see a human acting out his animal side.


The act of PO2 Mendoza is blood-curdling in so many ways.  The worst cut of all is that, the duo, Degay and Awingan had just actually saved him from a lynching mob.  If the news reports are accurate, Mendoza

Where is Command Responsibility?

A commenter in this blog noted that lately, the PNP has “taken hit upon hit in the past few weeks.”  He further cited the shooting of a security guard and a bar owner in La Trinidad by a cop who was in drinking spree with three other colleagues, the shooting to death of four teachers by a cop who also moonlights as a 5/6 agent and of course the involvement of cops in the assassination of Chief Inspector Medrano in Novaliches.

He ended his comment with a rhetorical question, “Is there still hope?”

My answer is direct:  yes there is hope and we can start by changing the Chief, PNP who is responsible for all of this by virtue of the doctrine of command responsibility.  But this recommendation needs elaboration so let me focus this article on command responsibility then and command responsibility now.

In 2010, PSSUPT Elmer Jamias was sacked as Chief of Police of Muntinlupa City a few days after his men were caught in an entrapment operation for extorting money from a businessman.  In 2011, PPSUPT Victor Loares was relieved as Chief of Police of Makati three days after one of his PCOs shot dead a scavenger.  Just this year, Supt. Bernard Tambaoan was relieved as Chief of Police of Caloocan City “due to certain

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Police Officer 2 Domino Alipio, Another Failure of the PNP Health Service

News item taken from www.inquirer.net

MANILA, Philippines–At least three people were killed and four others were hurt after an active policeman reportedly went amuck inside the Lingayen National High School in Pangasinan on Monday afternoon.

Police Officer 2 Domino Alipio, assigned at the Anda Police Station, shot dead a female teacher and two still unnamed men in front of a classroom at the school, Senior Superintendent Reynaldo Biay, Pangasinan Police Provincial Office ‎officer-in-charge, said.  Biay said Alipio went to the school to collect debts from one of the fatalities.  ‎A .45 caliber handgun and a folded carbine were confiscated from Alipio.  The gunman is currently under the custody of Lingayen Police.

My pulis comment:

As a policeman, it is really disheartening to read something like this.  This incident is indicative of the screening and recruitment process currently being undertaken by the PNP.  Supposedly very stringent, the psychological test and evaluation, administered by the PNP Health Service that have an entire department

Gov. Joey Salceda vs. MMDA Common Bus Terminal

I read with great amusement the online tirades Albay Governor Joey Saceda had been receiving for asking the Supreme Court to ban the common terminals.  (Click here for the news article)  I firmly believe that Salceda is very right in this matter.  Make no mistake about it:  I think Atty Francis Tolentino is generally doing a great job in the MMDA but in this case, I believe that he was ill-advised by his people.

The idea of having a common BUS terminal in the outskirts of Metro Manila will only work if upon reaching that terminal, commuters can already avail of a much more efficient mass transport system like the train.  But in this case, there is none.  Take note of the emphasis on the word BUS above because I would like to point out that in this system, passengers of the provincial buses will be made to transfer to the city buses!  WTF?  Where is the science in that?

What is the difference between the Penafrancia bus from Bicol passing through EDSA on its way to its terminal in Cubao and a Corimba Express which is a city bus?  Both are actually of the same size and capacity so for every Penafrancia bus that you remove from EDSA because you unload it in Muntinlupa, you

Monday, September 01, 2014

PO2 Edgar Angel, Another Criminal Who Was Able to Join the PNP

So the PNP solved the murder of race car driver Enzo Pastor.  The motive is straight out of the movies:  love triangle with his wife and an acquaintance as the prime suspects.  But as a policeman, despite the solution of the case, I cannot help but be saddened by the fact that the gunman is a policeman.  Once again, I am reviving my argument for the abolition of the PNP Health Service.  I do not believe that PO2 Angel is a policeman who turned into criminal but rather, he is a criminal right at the very start but was able to join the PNP—a fact that would have been impossible if the PNP Health Service and the PNP Recruitment Boards are doing their job properly.

Criminals joining the police to gain more power and influence are not new.  Not here in the Philippines or anywhere else, much less the United States.  Actually, “Gang Related” a TV action drama series currently

The Dynasty of the Binays

Opponents of VP Binay are often heard shouting in online forums “No to Binay Dynasty!”  For so long I have kept quiet about it until today when I found the urge to write about it after reading yet another rant about the alleged Binay dynasty.  This prompted me to Google search “political dynasties in the Philippines.”  Lo and behold, Wikipedia has an entry for this topic and these are the screen grabs for Aquino-Cojuangco and for the Binays.  You be the judge.

Aquinos

 Cojuangcos

Binays
 

 Did I hear somebody from the yellow army say oooops?

Part 2: Intelligent Voters vs Bobotantes?

Courting the Poor

The “poor” voting population is the reason why ALMOST ALL politicians always want to project themselves as pro-poor, from the poor, or simply poor to court the votes of these “poor” voters.  Ironically, they do this mostly through the expensive song and dance route where they use highly paid popular actors and actresses in the campaign trail.  In this sector, it is believed that name recall is the most important thing—over, above, and beyond the platforms (what are platforms anyway in Philippine politics?)

ERAP is the most successful guy in this aspect.  He was able to convince (read: fool) people that he had been poor in real life like many of his on-screen persona, despite the fact that his parents are addressed as “Don” and “Doña.”  He was able to thoroughly convince the masses that in real life, he is one of them by eating bare handed, despite the fact that in real life outside the glare of the cameras, he is a connoisseur especially of wine and women.  He was able to convince the masses that he is doing something to improve their plight, despite the fact that in his over extended term as mayor, San Juan is among the last towns in Metro Manila to turn into a city and in his short-lived presidency, among the major priorities he made was turn illegal gambling, arguably the waterloo of the poor, into an almost legal industry.

Other politicians tried to court these “poor” voters with varying success.  Manny Villar, in his run for the presidency in 2010, attempted to project himself as a poor boy from Tondo who succeeded because of Sipag at Tyaga.  He miserably failed to convince the people and was exposed to have never been poor.  Mar Roxas tried to project himself as Mr. Palengke and even drove a pedicab to show that he knows the hardwork of the poor.  He was an even bigger failure than Villar as people just cannot seem to detach him from the fact that his palengke is one of the biggest shopping complexes in the country. 

But many other politicians and their supporters from the upper classes simply use their primary resource advantage to influence the voting decisions of the poor:  money.  Including the blatantly illegal vote-buying, politicians and their supporters wallowing in money just use this resource to ram their way in the elections.  Starting at the registration stage, moneyed politicians haul (read: hakot) the poor from their miserable living areas for a day and transport them to the registration centers complete with merienda and gift packs upon their return.  For the 2013 elections, I have personally witnessed how a Badjao community was hauled and made to register in a mountain barangay because the barangay captain of that mountain barangay is an ally of the coastal barangay captain and the former need the boost of the new registrants to stem the assault of his political nemesis. 

It is because of this phenomenon that a politician I know, in his private unguarded moment, once called the election season as "the time for the redistribution of wealth.It is during the election time that people receives money from their candidates, who once elected, immediately takes it back through their shenanigans.

Can people now blame Binay, if in the long term planning of his political career, he included the fattening of his financial arsenal?  Is there any politician who did not do this?

You need money—lots of it—to court the poor…

Intelligent Voters vs Bobotantes?

Just a Thought About the Election System

Yesterday at about 3 PM, I happened to tune in to Radyo Inquirer 990 KHz and caught the interview of Ambassador Henrietta de Villa of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV).  There were many topics discussed in the interview including the request of the PPCRV to help the COMELEC in the revalidation of the voters list including the updating of records of voters to integrate the biometrics.  The host inevitably veered towards the efforts of PPCRV on voters education pointing out that the election is almost always a popularity contest .  I cannot replicate the exact words of de Villa but in essence, she pointed out that the PPCRV is emphasizing the 3Ks to its flock:  Karakter, Kakayahan, at Katapatan.  De Villa also emphasized their efforts to make the voters think and choose wisely during elections.

I have no quarrel with the goals and aspirations of the PPCRV.  Election is the time that the people make their will and voices heard.  It is the time that the voice of the people reigns supreme.  It is the time that the people determine their destiny though the ballot.  But is election really the time of the people?  Or more specifically, who are these people?

According to the NSO, 70% of the registered voters all over the country as of the 2013 elections are just high school graduates of which, more than half are just elementary graduates.

To win the presidency and vice presidency, it is thought that only 35% to 40% votes is needed.  To be a senator, one must be voted by at least about the same percentage to land in the Magic 12.

Examining the data above, if we assume that educational level can be equated with the economic status in life (which is generally true with some exceptions) it is obvious that the supposed “masa” and derisively called the “bobotantes,” by the “thinking intelligent voters” in many online forums, determine the outcome of the elections through their sheer numbers.  The degree holders (supposedly the rich or at the very minimum, the middle class), even if they vote as a block, can never match the number of the masa sector.  And rightly so.  The Philippines is not called a poor country for nothing.  In short, these are among the people who determine the fate of this country through their votes:


So does Henrietta de Villa seriously believe that her 3Ks apply to these people?  Does she really believe that these people have the correct information to make an intelligent choice?  Does she really believe that these people even care to whom their votes go?

How can we expect them to be responsible in safeguarding their votes when they cannot even be responsible for the number of children that they bear?  How can we expect them to respect such complex laws such as the election laws when they cannot respect even the most basic laws such as the criminal law and the property laws?

Just look at the 2013 senatorial election results and ask yourselves.  Is this really the result of intelligent choice?

Next:  Part 2:  Intelligent Voters vs Bobotantes or Rich vs Poor?