IT is certainly reassuring to note that the new chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, drawing cheers and applause from the Filipino people.
And the bulwark of the leadership of PNP chief Director-General Oscar D. Albayalde, a tough-talking public servant like President Duterte, is disciplining the men and women in police uniform.
Under the Albayalde administration, it is a mistake to think that there are “sacred cows” in the PNP, the country’s premier law enforcement arm, which is civilian in nature but national in scope.
“’Pag nagpunta kayo sa presinto para humingi ng tulong at me nagsabing pulis na wala silang gasolina, magsumbong kayo agad at titiyakin ko na tanggal lahat ang mga nasa presintong ’yon,” he said.
Not only that. The new PNP chief also called on the public to report to him all policemen “na bastos, mangungotong, walang helmet na nagda-drive ng motor at pa-text-text habang naka-duty.”
“’Pag (ang isang pulis) ay nambastos ng complainant, hindi maliit na bagay ’yan. ’Pag sasabihing hindi mabibigay ang kopya ng traffic incident report…dahil wala ang imbestigador, hindi maliit na bagay ’yan,” said Albayalde.
Without doubt, hitting hard at erring lawmen not only in the metropolis but elsewhere is a good start considering President Duterte’s campaign to rid the country of corrupt public servants.
Albayalde, the 22nd PNP chief, wants to sustain the massive internal cleansing program of the police agency.
Although the PNP, like other government offices and agencies, lacks manpower and financial resources, it is still determined to protect and serve the people and the community.
What is important is for the public to support the top “Mamang Pulis” as he exerts efforts to pin down all erring police officers and men.