Monday, September 29, 2014

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
scolded by the officer because he can't even offer softdrinks while waiting for his papers. Upon the completion of basic training, he was included as one of the recruits by then Gen. Levy Macasiano for the Chocolate Boys. When the group was dissolved/disbanded, he was transferred to one of the districts and there, he was assigned to the SWAT team because of his pistolero award when he was still a traffic cop. He underwent trainings for PolSAF, CQB, and some others I can't recall, and it was during his stint with this unit that he got his dismissal papers. His appeal was reviewed and accepted by NaPolCom and was just waiting for the signature of Chief, PNP for his re-instatement. When I inquired from colleagues about his re-instatement, it was the same thing that my brother told me: "You need a Padrino so your papers can be signed and be re-instated" - and to get a Padrino, you need cash or something that you need to buy (which would also require cash). He don't like to go back to the service this way - he entered the service without money involved (unlike many of his batchmates who paid their way through applications/trainings/assignments, etc) and he will not go back in, paying through his way - and his relatives agreed. I don't know who was then the PNP Chief but it was before Ping Lacson's time. He's not expecting to be re-instated anymore beause of his age (52).

I'm writing this to say that I'm now beginning to understand how it really works in the PNP which I cannot believe before. My Uncle was a policeman while studying for his law degree and when he was appointed Judge, and until his retirement, I haven't heard any bad thing about the policemen. By the way, when he retired as a Judge he was like any ordinary government pensioner. He didn't have side income - declining all previous offers of bribe when he was a Judge even if he knows that he will dismiss the case against the bribe-giver. I heard only of bad things about policemen like: you have to be a killier to be in homicide; you need to be a robber to be with the theft and robberry; you need to be a carnapper to be with the highway patrol, etc., from my acquaintances/colleagues/friends starting from the early 80s. My brother doesn't want to speak or elaborate about these things and just told us that he just does not want his sons to be in the police service because it's not a good time.

Hopefully, in GOD's Grace and time, the services and the image of PNP will improve.

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