Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Who will protect Filipinos from crime syndicates inside the PNP?

Mr. Mike Melchor called me out in facebook to react on this article in Manila Times:

Who will protect Filipinos from crime syndicates inside the PNP?  by ATTY. DODO DULAY

There are criminal syndicates within the Philippine National Police (PNP). That’s an undeniable fact. The involvement of low-level to high-ranking policemen in a number of highly publicized crimes merely confirms what many ordinary Filipinos have known all along.

What is quite shocking about these incidents though is the brazenness with which rogue policemen are committing their nefarious activities. It’s as if they no longer fear being caught, let alone punished, for their misdeeds.

Those are the first two paragraphs of the article and the rest are enumerations of various misdeeds and nefarious activities of policemen.  Read the rest of the article by clicking on the link above.

Now for my pulis reaction:
I have already laid the premises for this article in various past articles in this blog.  First and foremost, I want to point out that it is not only the police that is in disarray right now.  The whole country is.  There is “low intensity anarchy” right now in our midst.  If we have not realized it yet, there is an almost total absence of national security in our country if the National Security Policy 2011-2016 is to be used as basis.  This document was prepared by the National Security Council upon the order of PNoy through Memorandum Order Number 6 shortly after being elected President.  The policy was signed in 2011.

National security is defined as a state or condition where our most cherished values and beliefs, our democratic way of life, our institutions of governance and our unity, welfare and well-being as a nation and people are permanently protected and continuously enhanced.  This concept of national security is actually not an all-original Aquino regime product and I might actually add that it is a very different version of the original that could be reflective of the evolving operational environment.  But for critics, the new iterations (plural because this postulate was also used by IPSP Bayanihan of the AFP) are poor copycats of the original document  highlighting the distinct quality of the NSA heads then and now.  The original theory was

formulated during the time of President Fidel Ramos when he attempted to “Define who is the Filipino.”  His NSA is Jose Almonte.  Among the many things that was done was redefine the concept of national security and it was at this time that the seven elements were formulated to wit:  moral and spiritual consensus, cultural cohesiveness, economic solidarity, socio-political stability, national patrimony, territorial integrity, and external peace.  Searching for that original paper in the internet proved futile and I was surprised that what I found were quite different from what I recall.  The elements were all jumbled up with one preceding another.  Most tellingly, the IPSP Bayanihan of the AFP and the current NSP prepared by the NSA cannot agree on the order of the seven elements in terms of priority.  And worst, Bayanihan only listed six with international harmony missing, where ironically, AFP plays a major role!  But the biggest booboo is that both documents were signed by Pnoy!

I can vividly recall that in the original lecture presented by a very intelligent (and sexy) intelligence officer from NICA, this diagram was used to illustrate the relative importance and priority of the seven elements:


She stressed that among the seven elements, the first and foremost of all is the moral and spiritual consensus which basically makes the core of strategic planning systems used by most successful private enterprises.  It requires an enlightened leadership that has a clear understanding of the collective desire of the people, a clear plan to achieve those desires, and a method of getting there.  Moral and spiritual consensus also calls for a national vision that is “owned” by every citizen.  Patriotism, core values, and national pride are ingredients of this element.

The second most important element is cultural cohesiveness that states that our lives as a people must be ruled by a common set of values and beliefs grounded on high moral and ethical standards.  With 7,100 islands and more than 100 languages all over the country, “unity in diversity” is a must.  But this concept is almost alien now with our Senators even promoting parochial mentalities by addressing each other as gentleman from Bukidnon, Cagayan etc.  Had they not realized that they are senators voted by the electorate spread all over the country?  They are different from the American senators who are elected by state thus can be addressed as such!  With cultural cohesiveness, numerous problems in the country will be solved including the secessionist and the separatist problems.  However, in its absence, we see stereotypes among the different ethnic groups, with some groups trying to impose themselves over others as superior.  Derisive words such as “promdi,” “Bisaya,” “Dugong aso,” and many others in our everyday vocabulary is a testament to this.  Here is a picture that says it all about the way "Manilans" look down on "probinsyanos:"

Right in the middle of the road ha!  The first sign reads "Please dim your lights" and the second one says, "This is not the province"  And in an official sinage of the DPWH pa!  This is one of the reasons why I will never get tired of calling the executives of this administration "STUPID!"  What the hell were they thinking when they made this sign?  Were they thinking using their dicks?  I just grabbed this picture from the internet and I wonder how long will it take before the executives of DPWH and the local government officials notice this BOBOOOO!  Actually, even the blogger from where I grabbed this picture seemed to not mind as he must have not noticed it at all.  Well, his area of expertise is traffic and not social studies so this could be understandable...With this kind of thinking of Imperial Manila, how in hell does this government expect to achieve cultural cohesiveness?

The third element is economic solidarity which calls for the balance of public and private ownership of the economy.  This element envisions an economy where people take command of their lives, their livelihood, and their economic destiny.  This element encourages a free-market economy through responsible entrepreneurship based on social conscience, respect for the dignity of labor, and concern for the public interest.  Privatization is a common refrain during the Ramos administration and this element is among the basis of such.  On the other hand, contractualization, which is very rampant in big retail chains nowadays actually runs against the principles espoused by this element.

Contrary to the position of the current NSP that lists it as the fourth element (and Bayanihan lists it as the third), socio-political stability is just the fourth element in this security framework because stability naturally comes if the first three elements are already present and enshrined.  This element postulates that we must achieve peace through the rule of law whereby the three branches of the government are functioning for the people and acts with check and balance with each other.  Likewise, the fourth estate is expected to provide the people with an avenue to be heard in case that there is a need for direct intervention.  But looking at the current situation, the credibility of the government is so tattered that people had become apathetic to issues of corruption as long as it does not affect them directly.  This is the reason why the police is among the agencies always in hot water because in police corruption, specific individuals are directly victimized.  As such, the effort for redress has a human face.  The P2M involved in the EDSA hulidap if compared to the amounts involved in the PDAF, DAP, and Malampaya Fund scam is not even coffee money but rather loose change but the condemnation that the issue received is far far more widespread that it reached the highest levels of the PNP.

The fifth element is national patrimony as I remembered it.  However, in both the NSP and Bayanihan, it was called ecological balance.  However, I believe that national patrimony is more accurate and encompassing considering because this element refers to the whole “Filipinohood.”  Wikipedia defines national patrimony as the store of wealth or accumulated reserves of a national economy. In addition to monetary reserves and other financial holdings, national patrimony also encompasses a nation's non-monetary wealth or reserves, such as its national monuments, cuisine, and artistic heritage.”  National patrimony refers to the continuity of the country and the community, emphasizing that the decisions made today will continuously affect the future generations to come.  Thus, in our decision making at the present time, it admonishes us to consider the long term implications of the decision using the oft repeated phrase “sustainable development.”  The best example of this is the issue on logging, the national heritage sites being demolished due to urban development, the squatters problem, the relocation of industries in various areas and the like.

The sixth and the seventh are territorial integrity and international harmony (or external peace in recent documents) are both self explanatory and the primary responsibility of the PNP and the AFP respectively.

Now, looking at the first five elements, it is obvious that intervention in these areas is tailored not for the police or the military but with EDUCATION.  While teachers may not have realized it yet, it has to be emphasized that national security can only be attained if we have a strong and responsive educational system that will hammer into the hard Filipino heads that if we have to move forward as a country, we have to rediscover the Filipino pride especially the core values that will bind us together.

Right now, our values had gone the drain that the sense of belongingness in a collective is already lost to many of us.  Given the chance, the ordinary Filipino will steal from another Filipino.  Here is a picture from my article “A nation of thieves?”  Need I say more about this picture?

The lowest of the low-downs is that ordinary Filipinos will steal even from vehicle accident victims!  Here is my previous article about a bus that fell in a ravine going to Olongapo.  The residents nearby rushed to the site not to help the victims but to steal their valuables while they lay helpless! 

Right now it is not only the police that needs reforming.  The police attitude of taking advantage “pag makalusot” is just a reflection of the whole country in general.  As I said earlier, It just happens that when the police does its corruption, it affects a SPECIFIC PERSON who then raises a ruckus in the media that the plastics among us (which is virtually almost everybody though many may not know or acknowledge it yet) jumps upon and start this holier than thou rants.

This corrupt mindset—driven by the great love of money—was succinctly exemplified by no less than Senator Miriam Santiago during the Estada impeachment trial in 2001 when she chided a young UP graduate lawyer named Jasmin Banal for, in her terms, irrational behavior because the latter resigned from a law firm and joined another that gave her a lower pay.  Santiago told Banal, “So you deviated from the usual career path, since you and I and all UP law graduates virtually pursue the same career path after graduation.  Isn’t that so? We try and get the highest salary we can get.”  Now this is logical if Banal had not stated her reason beforehand.  She resigned from the first law firm after she found it to be setting up dummy corporations for Erap and his cronies.  For Senator Miriam Santiago (and many among us if we just care to admit), money is everything and we strive to get it no matter what.  Ironically, Santiago is one of the holier than thou politicians who styles herself as a leading anti-corruption advocate.  The deafening absence of condemnation of her attitude is but a reaffirmation of the apathy of Filipinos to things that do not directly affect them.

So back to the issue of who will protect the people from the syndicates in the PNP?  The truth of the matter is that issue is just overblown.  Most of the time, the people “victimized” by the “pulis kotong” are people who are law violators.  In the case of the EDSA hulidap, the “victims" were real drug dealers and the do-gooder senior officers are even silent on the 7Kg of shabu seized from them.  Moreover, that hulidap is actually the second time that was done to these victims and in the previous case, they also paid up and not raised a howl.  It has to be emphasized in this case that had it not for the picture that went viral, the “victims” would not have filed a complaint!

For the ordinary law abiding citizen, the easiest enemy nowadays are the corrupt policemen who prey on them.  There are so many forums that they can go to.  Aside from the forums set by law such as the Ombudsman and the PLEB, one of the most effective and dreaded is the mass media.  The hard hitting radio and TV programs of the Tulfo brothers (who are not saints by the way) are but a few examples.  In these programs, even the erring people seek redress and even if the policeman is right, woe unto him because he is always presumed guilty unless proven innocent.  A very common complainant in these programs is the taxi driver apprehended for a violation.  Usually, Tulfo is the investigator, jury, judge, and executioner all rolled into one, often in favor of the underdog taxi driver even if the policeman is right.  It is rather the exception than the rule if the situation favors the policeman.

But woe unto us if we allow ourselves to slide into this kind of abyss.

Henry Sy Henry Sy, Lucio Tan, Enrique Razon Jr., Andrew Tan, George Ty, Lucio Co, Eduardo Cojuangco, Manuel Villar, Ramon Ang, Joey Antonio, IƱigo Zobel, Dean Lao and Manuel Zamora will be canonized as saints!


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