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?

32 comments:

  1. Because of Ligot and Garcia and a few more PMAers, the ong gray line is being dragged in the corruption accusations in the armed services, with some people even blaming PMAers for the sorry state of the Armed Forces. For me, while we have a share of corrupt officers in the armed services, but let as also look beyond that, our Armed Forces has been at war with various internal security threats for the past 40 years, i think 70% to 80% of the budget goes to operating expenses, pambili ng bala at suppy ng troops sa field, pa sweldo sa mga tao, benefits nung mga nag retire at napatay sa labanan, barely enough funds left sa CAPEX or purchase ng mga bagong equipments.

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  2. It is the reality and I absolutely agree with the writer. I've been with the organization more than a decade ago until I couldn't take the culture of corruption and decided to quit. I am now a happy man living a peaceful life with my family here in the US.

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  3. The Blogger must do more research about the stint of Dr. Margarita Cojuangco in the PPSC. Corruption was rampant in the PPSC during her time, she favored more PNPAer than PMAer, she uses here power as President to pass PNP OSEC students even without attending classes. There were no records of Police Superintendents who failed in the OSEC. Most of those OSEC students now are in vital corruptions in different Directorate in the PNP. Unlike during the time of Gen. Ramsey Ocampo, Police, Fire and Jail Superintendents and other Officers were being dismiss in service for failure to pass mandatory schooling such as OSEC, OAC and OBC. PPSC training courses becomes a business of the allies of Tingting Cojuangco, that is why she hates CSUPT Constantino who was then PNPA Director, coz she cannot expand the training for sale business of her allies specifically rumored lover Retired SSUPT Marcelino Lipana in the PNP Academy.

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    1. wow, i didn't know that. thanks for the input. i will try to do my research on this area!

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    2. hehehe di ko gets ang mga wow na yan ha. wow ba yan dahil inamin ko na hindi ko alam ang mga bagay na yan at komento ako nang komento or wow dahil sa mga ala-cristy femin na revealations?

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    3. apolicewoman in Silang once told me about that "secret affair" of Madam Ting2 ang Sir Lipana which added my annoyance and even hate against that madam for being so corrupt that despite the big amount of budget aallocated to PPSC(as per source),still, all our training schools under them including PNPA are so poor as of those mouses along streets. Insufficient spaces of barracks,lack of water supply due to inavailability of water tanks,etc...

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  4. Sir, I am a PMAyer, inasmuch as I appreciate your comparison that seems to favor my institution, i think comparing the two institutions perpetuate a rivalry that should not be part of our system in the first place. As a Field Grade Officer in the Army I have my share of encounters with both PNPAyers and PMAyers who are doing good. As we always say, mistakes of the few drag all of us down regardless of our sources of commission.

    Your observation about a culture of corruption already in place is very true and honestly very hard to shake off. Given that one can never run out of corruption stories not just in the PNP and AFP Organization but in the country as a whole, reiterating these horrible acts, no matter how good the intention, simply undermines the image of such noble institutions. Casing point was during the Yolanda incident. I am very proud of my organization as being the first to respond to the calamity stricken areas, but i still have to ward off comments about my organization despite the best effort. These feelings seems to have been born out the constant reminder perpetuated by our media on the few corrupt individuals that stained our uniform. In short wala kaming ginawang tama kasi ang naaalala nila lagi eh yung mga pagkakamali ng iilan sa amin na paulit ulit na binabandera sa lahat ng forms of media.

    I respectfully request that since it is obvious that you want a better AFP and PNP with your critiques, maybe you can also write about the silent heroes we have from our organizations para hindi na nga sila silent, dapat ang silent yung mga ungas. I feel that it will take a while to save our organizations and i am trying my darn best to be there when that happens, i believe you can take part in helping us reach that dream. Thanks

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    1. Bro, thanks for the comments. as for the PMA vs PNPA comparison that seems to favor the PMA, well I just say things as I see it. I am sure you will be surprised if you know where I graduated...

      As for writing the negative things, this is actually the purpose of my blog. I am making sure that I will never forget these "gripes" that I felt when I am at this level. Comfort in life has a funny way of changing perspectives and I had seen that on so many officers. Ideal during their junior years pero nilamon ng sistema pagdating ng panahon nila. But I observed that they were engulfed by the system not because they are naturally corrupt but because it is easier to go with the flow than reminisce all those gripes when you were younger. Many I believe conveniently forget all these things. "After all, andito na tayo," they must have been saying! The late General Angelo Reyes must have this in mind when things were going great for him. Read my article about him here. http://pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/2011/02/angelo-reyes.html.

      As for the silent heroes, I have dedicated a separate page in this blog for them. And if you noticed, the profile pictures and the background that I use for the facebook page of this blog, well, those are dedicated for them.

      Ituloy lang natin ang mga ginagawa natin bro and when our time comes, let us do our share for the reform of the country!

      Salamat sa visit and do comment again on the other articles...

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  5. It's all about DEALERS, conversions, cash advances, and COST OF MONEY! The senate should investigate this kind of system in the PNP and AFP.
    COST OF MONEY is a very lucrative busines! A profit of 10M to 20M per 100M fund release.

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    1. hahaha! mismo! i am writing about that in the near future. kinukumpleto ko lang ang mga materials ko.

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  6. I find your article very interesting and full of inputs very ideal for learning. Parang Yung lessons learned sa military history about exploits and blunders in military operations.

    My thoughts on this culture of corruption: First, any junior officer, whatever source of commission, pma, pnpa, reserve, etc., thinks everything is right even if it's wrong because one grows up in a system where everything seems to be the norm already. Second, the grievance system do not work at all because everything is investigated by senior officers who themselves thought the not normal was the norm since they grew up in the same system. Sad to say, the irony is the complainant is the one placed in a bad situation. Ostracized ka pa minsan. It's very hard to let go of the comfort an individual has gained out of this culture of corruption.

    I share my thought as a former junior officer in the AFP that have witnessed and experienced such kind of twisted and messed thinking. Happy to say, it's a blessing in disguise that I was discharged due to my affiliation with a group back in 2003 and left the country. Mahirap kumita ng pera pero at least lumalaban ng patas na walang nasasagasaan.

    I believe, positive changes are all starting to unfold within both organizations with the leadership of young and ideal officers. Proud to mention that SF, where I served most of my military career, was and is ran by snappy upperclassmen, mistahs, and underclassmen, then and today.

    To you Mr Blogger sir, kudos for this blog site. This is a great site to read, exchange views and voice out opinions, and learn.

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    1. wow, thanks for the positive comments about the blog bro. good to know that your after-military life turned out well. i wonder if you can write about your feelings then and now--as a young revolutionary full of ideals, the missteps that led to the disintegration of the group, the current developments where two of the leaders made it really good in politics (though they are in the opposite ends in terms of media publicity). I mean how do you feel about it that the guy who is supposed to be one of you in idealism had overnight become a trapo too and allowed himself to be used in political bickering instead of holding fast and continue the ideals that you all fought for, got incarcerated for it, and had your lives turned upside down?

      thanks again for the visit!

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  7. I am just amaze kung papaano talaga sasabihin ng isang tao ang lahat ng alam at gusto niyang sabihin if the identity is concealed. Ilang beses na din naman ako nadismaya sa lahat ng mga nakilala kong upperclass and other senior officers kahit san pa galing, how they make example and so forth. May titingalain ka tapos biglang may nadiscover ka na nagpabago ng lahat. Pero ganun pa man, as a junior officer, may mga matitino pa naman na senior officers and I would like na ipusta lahat para sa kanila in the name of our alma matter, being a PNPA grad. May mga bilang pa naman akong nakilala na sa pagkakaalam ko, pwede pa. Sana, d p dn ntn kalimutan yun. Pero kung sakaling sumablay ang iba at wala pala sila pinagkaiba considering a lot of factors and dilemmas, e ganun talaga. Face the consequence nga lang. Minsan, yung matindi ang komento tungkol jan e yung mga taong they know they will never belong…
    Corruption is everywhere, mapamahirap o mayaman, from top to bottom. Yung simpleng ayaw mong pumila, ayaw mong dumaan sa tamang proseso , may corruption na kasi may nilalamangan ka. Kaya nga may kanyakanya tayong utak kung papano to isumbong, itigil, o gawan ng paraan kasi alam nga naman natin ang tama at mali. Pwedeng gumawa ng blog gaya neto, pwede s fb, sa tweeter,or kung malakas lakas ang loob at di mateteknikal, may korte naman. There is always a proper forum nga di ba, kaya lang napakalakas ng pera. Ang kaotothanan ngayon, kung gusto mo talagang magawa lahat ng ideals mo, edi magpadami ka muna ng pera di ba. Tanggapin natin yun, Filipino Culture nga e. Ewan lang kung di ka makalimot. Kaya kahit yung idealism ang pinaglalaban, kelangan din magcorrupt para may budget. Pero mas maganda siguro na yun ang mas i-emphasize, yung kultura na di matanggal tanggal, hindi yung rivalry kung saan ang pinaggalingan. Pero ito din ang consequence ng democracy.

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    1. yes po. this is the whole idea of this blog. the anonymity will encourage people with knowledge to come out and fear no consequences. we just have to be responsible with this power to ensure that abuse does not ensue.

      salamat po sa insights. i will use your idea for a full article in the future!

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  8. todo kayod ang mga PNPayers. may paligsahan yata sa pagbili ng bagong kotseo suv at magpatayo isang bahay. kawawa ang taong bayan. kultura na talaga. isang babaeng PNPayer sa iloilo city cidg, denekwat ang washing machine, electric fan at iba pang gamit at dinala pauwi. MOEE? never heard daw sabi ng mga tauhan. kaya todo hingi nila sa spo1 alih paloma ng allowance.

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    1. can you name that lady pnpa officer? this is a good eye opener for the pnpa alumni association. they should start cleaning up their act if they want to make a difference in the near future when the pmayers get out of the pnp...

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  9. camaraderie is the product of being together for quite sometime synonymous to team work. the downside of it when even one committed mistake, the other cover it up. in terms of opportunity, one lift the other at the expense of others.the system itself create injustice.

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  10. i can still remember when a i was told to conceptualize a project to eradicate or minimize corruption in the station level. the target members of the TWG were Desk Officers of police stations bcoz the project was to create a pro forma of different blotter entries barring entries like "brought in for verification". suddenly, out of nowhere, an Aer intervene changing the supposed members of TWG to Operation PCO instead of PNCO. i don't see the logic of his wisdom.Generally, desk officers are PNCOs ;thus, they know well than anyone else.

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  11. Pulis na Pogi, PCS CONSTANTINO had not removed illegal stores inside PNPA. Check the "Cooperative Store" daw inside the clubhouse. It's not even registered with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) unlike the previous one which was dissolved since its shareholders were no longer currently assigned in PNPA. The same dog just with different collar!

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    1. hehehe, well, thanks for the visit. let us just agree to disagree...

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  12. PNPA was an offspring of PMA, ika nga. Even if the Police Academy is created by virtue of a Presidential Decree (PD 1184), those who were previously assigned to manage the institution, the Tac-Os particularly were PMAyers. Thus, the customs and traditions that were introduced to PNPA plebes until the present times were PMA originals. Nevertheless, as had insinuated by a fellow commentator, "camaraderie" possibly is the bigger culprit, as to why "illegal acts" continue unabated in both the AFP and PNP organizations. Moreover, there can only be perhaps a corrupt-free organization within the government if the executive department shall lead the way towards a well satisfied or well-salaried workforce which is also high in morals.

    Submitting these, Boss PulisnaBlogger, tapos Pogi pa, for your comment din....

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    1. hahaha, i cannot say it better boss...

      thanks for the visit!

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  13. you mean to say kaya nakulong si Razon at Barias ay dahil kinabog nila si Trillanes after ng Peninsula affair?

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    1. aba wala akong sinabing ganyan. bakit, ganyan ba ang interpretasyon mo sa mga pictures sa taas? hahaha!

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    2. .....nakulong sila dahil sa asuntong Graft o pangungurakot.....sino ngayon ang mas kotongero, ordinaryong pulis o ang C, PNP o members ng Command Group ng PNP?

      ...ngunit kung magsalita ang mga opisyales na ang mga iyan sa kanilang mga tauhan ay "wala silang sasantuhing mga kapulisan na lalabag sa batas"......na parang sila ay mga santo...pero sa katunayan, mas mandarambong ang mga nasa taas...

      ....let us look at General Marquez...again, his assumption speech was very laudable, especially from netizens at social media. I hope, his words or warnings will not boomerang to him also at the end of the day....

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    3. yes, graft but i believe that they were singled out from among the many because of their affiliation.

      as for gen marquez, his background speaks for himself and if he continues in his path, then the pnp is on track in having the best chief so far...

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    4. ...but as it is going, Gen. marquez being the newest C, PNP can now be seen as going against his own assumption speech. He pooled and favored much of his underlings (PMA Class 92) to be the "watchers" of the PNP budget and fiscal offices. There has been "tsismis" in the PNP that allocations may not be released if one does not befriend an alyas "bomaby" (it is because he looks like a bombay in color). How is that? Favoritism?...And, as C, PNP, he just implements orders from the SILG even if it is not justified (look at the PD of Benguet who was sacked because of typhoon Lando's effects). Again, we might not still seeing a Chief of the PNP who is straightforward and with virtues that majority would look up to.

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