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.
Well, here is my categorical, unambiguous, and straightforward answer:
I AM NEITHER ANTI PMA NOR PRO PNPA.
I AM FOR PNP REFORM.
I don’t believe that the Academy from where an officer graduated from will be a great factor in determining the reform direction of the PNP in the immediate future. Yes, cursory observation may show that the biggest scams perpetrated in the PNP and the AFP were masterminded by the PMAyers. In the AFP, there were Generals Carlos Garcia and Jacinto Ligot. In the PNP, there were Razon, Barias, Lapuz et al. But there were also PNPAyers in the mix. In the Euro Generals scandal, Tomas Rentoy is PNPA Class 83 and other middle level officers are PNPAyers too.
The simple obvious reason why the PMAyers are the majority of those indicted in large scale corruption is because they constitute the majority of the top-level officers who are in the position to do this. Does it mean that PMAyers are a dishonorable lot and the PNPAyers the lesser of the two evils? Concluding like that would be very unfair for the great majority of PMAyers who are toiling honestly por la patria. The PMAyers can actually boast of two examples that the PNPAyers have no match to date: Angelo Reyes and Cadet Adrin Cudia. In Angelo Reyes, he had the courage to take the last remaining honorable exit available for him. I extensively discussed this in a previous article in this blog (http://pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/2011/02/angelo-reyes.html). A PNPAyer had yet to match this courage. As for ex Cadet Cudia, the PMA showed that it cannot be swayed by any amount of external pressure in enforcing what is right. This cannot be said of the PNPA who in year 2000, reinstated 70 cadets dismissed for mass lying in a hazing case investigation. As a result, it produced the team leader of the EDSA hulidap case.
In corruption, the PNPAyers cannot point a finger to the PMAyers without having three fingers pointing back at them. At all levels where there are PMAyers and PNPAyers assigned, for every PMAyer who committed corruption, there are also PNPAyers who did the same. In the Finance and Comptrollership, arguably the most corrupt unit of the PNP where the amount of funds stolen would make the pork barrel scam of Napoles look like loose change, there are as many equally corrupt PNPAyers as there are PMAyers. For what would be the motivation of an officer, who boasts himself as a warrior full of medals and training badges, do in the finance and comptroller division where day in and day out he will be in an air conditioned room signing stacks and stacks of papers “clearing” funds for the bosses to be spent later as they like?
Among themselves , the PNPAs are even stealing from one another if given the chance. How many times have we heard of internal squabbles in the PNPA Alumni Association with alumni complaining of anomalies in the disbursement of their association funds? How much are they still collecting from past association officers who malversed internal funds? Even inside the PNPA camp itself starting in Canlubang and now in Silang, the issuematics and the illegal stores inside the Academy were perpetrated, owned, and operated by PNPAyers themselves. It took a civilian, Dr. Margarita Cojuangco as President of PPSC, to stop the issuematics and a PMAyer, PCSUPT Danilo Constantino as Director of PNPA, to demolish these illegal stores.
It is not about PMA vs PNPA in this corruption issue. The most approximate reason of corruption right now in the PNP is the now entrenched culture of “Keeping up with the Joneses” which I had extensively discussed in another post. This PNP culture is but a microcosm of the whole state of government in general and a reflection of the Filipino people's scandalously warped sense of values as succinctly modeled by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, who ironically fancy herself as a graft buster. Surprised? Read the article (http://pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/2014/09/keeping-up-with-joneses-and-how-it.html)
Just like the whole government right now and the country in general, this culture permeates the organization from top to bottom thus corruption happens “as is where is.” Since the PMAyers are on top, then the top level corruption are committed by them. Since there are no more PMAyers lower than Superintendents (the Class 92s, the youngest PMAyers, will be promoted to Senior Superintendents this year), then the corruption at the lower levels are masterminded by the PNPAyers. Of course the kind of corruption varies at the different levels. At the top where the PMAyers are, that would be wholesale “clearing” of MOOEs and special releases of the DBM, mostly from the pork barrels of politicians. At the middle level (RDs-PMAyers and PDs-mix of PMAyers and PNPAyers) that would be the organized rackets, most especially illegal gambling. And at the bottom, where most of the junior PNPAs are, that would be the street level corruption such as hulidap, small time protection rackets, and recycling of illegal drugs. Unfortunately for the PNPAyers, the street level corruption is where Juan dela Cruz feels very strongly about because it is where the shenanigans directly affect him. How much was involved in the EDSA Hulidap? P2M. How about the V150 repair scam? P400M! That is 200 Edsa Hulidaps! (http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2013/07/12/964655/ex-pnp-chief-razon-32-others-face-graft-armored-vehicles-scam) But did we hear the same condemnation against Razon, et al that de Vera, et al received? Many may not be even aware that the generals involved are currently in jail in Camp Crame custodial center together with the three senators!
(Side note: The source of fund “cleared” through the V150 scam is a regular allocation, meaning, it is regularly there in the budget. Now there were no more V150 scams—but there are still dilapidated police vehicles. How are these funds being cleared now? Truth of the matter is that, that object class, intended for repair, is one of the easiest object classes to clear and it was actually being cleared before as it is being cleared now—all in paper. But why is it that only the V150 was investigated like the way it was investigated? Could it be because two of the principals were Razon and Barias and they were these guys? Just asking…)
Back to the “Keeping up with the Joneses.” This culture existed and flourished because of the monolithic leadership that suppressed potential whistle blowers and pressured many others to “go with the flow.” As I stated in the article I wrote about Angelo Reyes, the greatest sin of so many of these people ensnared in this web of deceit and greed is the sin of omission. Reyes was actually spot on when he said shortly before his suicide, “I did not invent corruption. I walked into it. Tinyente pa ako, ganyan na ang sistema…” The system of corruption was there as it is here now. Nobody just bothered (or dared) to change the system as the system completely engulfs the organization from top to bottom and actually around it including the whole government bureaucracy and the private sector in general.
Since the PMAyers had a headstart in the PNP, they are now on top. However, the PNPAyers are waiting for “THEIR TIME.” Again and again, I hear many disgruntled PNPAyers grumble “sa ating panahon” referring to 2026 when the last PMAyer retires. But what do these PNPAyers mean? That during their time, things will be different? I am not optimistic unless something spectacular happens. If there will be no drastic reforms—in the organization in particular and the country in general—targeting the current ingrained culture of corruption bought about by the “Keeping up with the Joneses” mentality and accorded a fertile environment by the monolithic structure of the top leadership of the PNP, the despised ogre now will only be replaced by another ogre. (For the story of the ogre, please click here.)
Any suggestions my dear countrymen?