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,

known as a "family" like comptroller family, operations family, intelligence family, etc, "clan" such as the PMA group, the PNPA group, the APOLE group, the NARRA group, or "cosca", claims sovereignty over a territory, usually a town called the MPS, or village called the PCP or a neighbourhood (borgata) of a larger city called the PPO or CPO, in which it operates its rackets. Its members call themselves "men of honour", although the public often refers to them as "mafiosi".
See the similarities?  Especially the last line, top officers of the PNP consider themselves men of honor.  Like the mafia wars of old, the PNP now is composed of an almost monolithic group to better impose the code of omerta.  Here is the list of top two leaders (Chief of Office and Deputy) of each major office of the PNP listed in a document from the PNP website itself:

http://pnp.gov.ph/portal/images/transparency_seal/keyofficers/2014/KEYPOS_AUG_8_2014.xlsx










See how monolithic the to leadership of the organization is?

Here is an article that I wrote in 2011 in this very same blog.

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